City Council of Singapore

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The City Council of Singapore, or the Municipal Council before 1951, was the administrative council of Singapore responsible for the provision of water, electricity, gas, roads and bridges and street lighting.[1] It was abolished upon Singapore's secession from Malaysia in 1965[citation needed]. An election was held in 1957, with a byelection in 1958.

It signed the water trade agreement with the Johore State Government in 1961 and 1962.[2]


As a British colony, Singapore was conferred city status by a royal charter from King George VI in 1951, when Singapore was then a Crown colony of the United Kingdom. The original Municipal Council was therefore renamed City Council, and the Municipal Building was renamed City Hall. In 1965, upon Singapore's secession from Malaysia, the Republic of Singapore Independence Act 1965 provided the following clause

" President may by order make such modifications in any written law as appear to him to be necessary or expedient in consequence of the abolition of the City Council and of the Rural Board and of the assumption of the powers of the local authorities by the Government. "

that empowered the President to abolish the City Council and the Rural Board, with the powers of the local authorities assumed by the Government. The City Council of the City of Singapore and the Singapore Rural Board were abolished in 1965.


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