Malaya Merdeka Conference in London Malaya Merdeka Conference in London


On 18 January 1956, the Round Table Conference took place between the representatives of the UMNO-MCA-MIC Alliance Government and the representatives of the Malay rulers with officials from the British Colonial Office at the Lancaster House in London to demand independence for the Federation of Malaya. The delegation for independence was led by the Chief Minister YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman, Dato' Abdul Razak Hussein, Dr. Ismail Abdul Rahman, Colonel H.S. Lee, Mr. T.H.Tan and Encik Bahaman Shamsuddin as Joint Secretary. The other four representatives for the Malay rulers were Dato' Panglima Bukit Gantang Haji Abdul Wahab bin Toh Muda Abdul Aziz, Dato' Nik Ahmad Kamil, Encik Abdul Aziz Majid dan Dato' Mohd. Seth Mohd Said. The conference that went on for three weeks were negotiating several matters related to the independence of Malaya, finances, administration, internal security, defence and foreign affairs as well as the formation of an Independence Independent Committee to review the constitution especially on the special privileges of the Malay rulers that must be maintained. This independence mission group was successful in securing the consent of the British Government to grant independence to the Federation of Malaya.
The Independence Group to London. Standing from left to right: Dato' Abdul Razak bin Hussein, Encik Abdul Aziz Majid, Kolonel H.S. Lee, Dato' Mohd Seth bin Mohd Said, YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, Datuk Panglima Bukit Gantang Haji Abdul Wahab bin Toh Muda Abdul Aziz, Dr. Ismail bin Abdul Rahman, Nik Ahmad Kamil. Standing behind on the left: Encik Abdul Kadir bin Shamsuddin (the Secretary Representative of Malay Rulers) and T.H.Tan (the Alliance Secretary).