• David Marshall was the first Chief Minister. He represented theLabor Front and won 10 seats in the 1955 election. He wasborn in Singapore• His party did not win more than 13 seats to form thegovernment by himself so he had to form a coalitiongovernment with the Alliance Party.• David Marshall was still under control of the governor as theChief Minister.
• The Labor Front was what the British expected not to win sothe British did not provide any support to the government ofDavid Marshall• The British government treated him as a figurehead which is aleader with no or little power and don’t respect him a a ChiefMinister.• David Marshall refuses to be a figurehead. So he demanded theBritish government to grant all his full control of thegovernment’s internal matters which also include areascontrolled by the British government
• He also threatened that he will resign being a chief minister ifthe British government still don’t meet his demand forcontrolling internal matters• The Hock Lee Bus riot made the British view David Marshallin a more negative view.• After the Hock Lee Bus riot, David Marshall was allocated toLondon for a Merdeka Talk.• David Marshall demanded that he want to control internalmatters.
• The British don’t think that David Marshall is able to overcomeCommunist threat. This made them not following his demandand resigned as the chief minister