Kesatuan Melayu
Malay Union
马来人联合会
மலாய் ஐக்கியம்
Founded: 14 May 1926
Dissolved: 1961
Founded by Mohamed Eunos Abdullah as Singapore's first Malay political party, it recruited a young Yusof Ishak in 1937, who would eventually rise to become Singapore's first President. Although KM initially opposed the idea of a Singapore UMNO in 1950, it was instrumental in forming it the following year, with its members trickling over to the new party in subsequent years. In 1954, it became one of the three components of the LF alliance. When LF decided to merge into a single party, KM pulled out and joined UMNO and MCA in a coalition. In 1957, it split with its partners for reneging on an agreement not to field a candidate in that year's by-election. After a failed alliance negotiation with PMIP and PR, KM went on its own in the 1959 General Election. Making no headway, it soon fell into comatose. When the new Societies Ordinance came into effect on 16 May 1960 mandating that all parties re-register, KM did not do so and ceased to exist.
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Alliance
1955 - 1957
General Elections record
Year Seats Cand Won % Year Seats Cand Won %
1955 (LF-Alliance coalition) 25 1 1 50.6 1959 (KM) 51 3 0 8.4
By-Elections record
Year Seats Cand Won %
1957 1 1 0 16.9