A Malayan special force of 630 officers and men sailed from the West coast port of Port Swettenham for the Congo October 4.
A Malayan special force of 630 officers and men sailed from the West coast port of Port Swettenham for the Congo October 4. Two landing ships of the U.S. Seventh Fleet - "Windham County" and "Whitfield County" - are taking the Malayan special force to the Congo where they will join the U.N. Forces early next month.
An advance party is already in the Congo and the main body has been concentrating in Kuala Lumpur from all parts of Malaya.
The multi-racial force, commanded by 37-year-old Sandhurst-trained Lt. Col. Ungku Nasaruddin, carried automatic weapons and rifles. In the holds of the two craft were more than 100 Landrovers and trucks and 50 tons of supplies. The men were not forgotten either - there were hundreds of bags of rice, flour, coconuts and even curry powder.
Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman, whose son, Lt. Tunku Ahmad Nerang, is serving with the force, visited the ships and shook hands with every member of the contingent. He emphasised the peaceful role of the U.N. Forces in the Congo and exhorted the Malayans to uphold the prestige and honour of their country. The Prime Minister almost broke down as he wished them "Bon Voyage". Mothers, wives and sweethearts sobbed as they waved goodbye.