VISNEWS filmed June 4 Press conference at People's Action Party headquarters given by Singapore detainees after their release from prison.
AV. TILT OF P.A.P. Headquarters.
SV Crowd outside P.A.P.Headquarters at South Bridge Road.
SV Members of P.A.P. with flags outside H.Q.
CU P.A.P. members with armbands.
TOP V..Crowd shot, supporters giving Merdeka salute.
CU Pressmen awaiting P.A.P. leaders.
SV Detainees arriving for press conference-Lim Chin Siong, Devan Nair, James Puthucherry, Woodhull, Fong Swee Suan.
SV Detainees sitting down-party leader and Prime Minister designate Lee Kuan Yew in background.
SV Pressmen at start of interview.
CU Devan Nair speaking.
SCU Pressmen taking notes during interview.
SCU Lim Chin Siong looks at congratulatory telegram.
SV PAN..Lee Kuan Yew assists in fixing tape recorder.
TGV Crowd shot from H.Q. window.
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Background: VISNEWS filmed June 4 Press conference at People's Action Party headquarters given by Singapore detainees after their release from prison.
They were imprisoned in 1956 for their part in political riots, and on release said they had been very well treated in prison. Their release had been demanded by the P.A.P., who won 43 out of 51 seats in Singapore's recent election, as a condition to their consenting to form a Government.
At the Conference, six of the eight detainees denied rumours that they would form an extremist group opposed to the moderate party leadership, affirming their "unqualified endorsement" of the party's ultimate objective - formation of an independent, democratic, non-Communist Malaya of which Singapore would be part.
Debarred under the new Constitution from participating in Government for five years, they promised to renounce violence and strive to further the party's aims by constitutional means.
The former detainees - six of them played a prominent part in trade union activities before their imprisonment - said they would firmly resist any campaigns aimed at harming the Party, whether coming from American Russia or China.
At the gates of Changi gaol they were enthusiastically greeted by a crowd of some 2000 and were met by representatives of the new Singapore Government.