August 9, 1965

On August 9, 1965, the country of Malaysia finally had enough. It told the island city of Singapore, “That’s it. I’m tired of the constant bickering and arguing. I’m tired of you staying out all night and coming home smelling of booze and cigarettes and cheap perfume. My mother was right. I’m too good for you. We’re through. Hit the road, Jack and don’t come home no more. The Malaysian Parliament voted 126 – 0 to kick Singapore out from Malaysia. Singapore became the only country in the world to be given its independence unwillingly. Unfortunately for Malaysia, within a generation, the island city-state of Singapore cleaned up its act and became wealthy and powerful and even started dating super-models. Maybe it was what Singapore said all along. Malaysia was an enabler.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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