Singapore remains the only country in history to gain its independence completely against its will.
When most people think of countries, they think of a country with its own by-laws, its own trade and foreign policies.
These are all benefits of being an independent state, the freedom to make your own decisions as a country. This is not the case for Singapore, when in 1965, was unanimously voted out of Malaysia.
In 1965, Malaysia consisted of a few entities, one being Singapore. There was plenty of unrest though, as there were arguments between the ruling political parties over economics and finance and everything else.
The Malaysian government saw the Singapore-based political party as a threat to their Malay-based political party. Along with all the other problems, there were also racial tensions and in 1965, the Prime Minister proposed to expel Singapore from Malaysia so as to attempt to dispel the many issue ravaging the country.
The leader of the Singapore-based political party, Lee Kuan Yew, did everything in his power to remain under the banner Malaysia, but failed. He described the day that Singapore gained its independence as a moment of anguish and that his whole life he believed in uniting the nations.