Singapore's path towards Merdeka (Malay for independence) was a turbulent journey. In 1956, Chief Minister David Marshall held the Merdeka Rally to show British representatives that the people were ready for independence. However, riots
and chaos soon broke out. This did not dampen our dreams, and independence was finally achieved in 1965. The Nicoll Highway and the Merdeka Bridge are lasting monuments that reflect the struggle our Pioneer Generation endured.
You may refer to pages 12 - 13, 59 - 60 of the Guide Book for more information.