Second General Election

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The People’s Action Party run on the mainland in the 1964 general election. Although the PAP attracted large crowds at its rallies, it won only one seat by Devan Nair, who represented the Bangsar constituency. It is thought by some historians that Finance Minister and MCA President Tan Siew Sin’s appeal to the Chinese to avoid challenging the Malay special rights and risk merger with Indonesia helped the MCA retain its status as the “undisputed leader of the Chinese in the Malayan peninsula”. Nevertheless, UMNO leaders were furious with the PAP.

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