A massive anti-communist purge is taking place in Thailand and Malaysia, with security forces form both sides stepping up border patrols in the hunt for armed insurgents.
GV Cars coming int Malaya at Thai-Malay border post
GV Thai army personnel carriers along road towards border
CU & SV's Thai soldiers on foot-patrol in border area, PAN ACROSS river TO bushland (3 shots)
SV Soldiers entering communist-influenced area past huts
SVs Soldiers stopping and questioning villagers (3 shots)
SV Villagers allowed to continue on way
CU Shrine stand damaged by weapon-fire & SV ZOOM INTO CU soldiers examine damaged shrine lying on ground (2 shots)
GVs Soldiers crossing river on patrol
GV Soldiers checking deserted school-house
CU Portraits of King and Queen of Thailand on school-house wall with soldiers looking on
SV Soldier examining Thai-Malay border examining Thai-Malay border map
GV Car coming into Thailand from Malay at border post ZOOM IN TO Malay border sign
GV Soldiers stop car at border checkpoint
SVs Soldiers check boot of car and occupants' identity cards (3 shots)
SV PAN Car allowed through border into Malaya
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Background: A massive anti-communist purge is taking place in Thailand and Malaysia, with security forces form both sides stepping up border patrols in the hunt for armed insurgents.
SYNOPSIS: Border crossings are strictly supervised, with top-level agreements between the two countries to co-operate fully in the mutual desire to eradicate communism. The campaign against heightened communist activity since Cambodia and Vietnam were taken over hardened following October's right-wing military coup in Thailand. Previously, relations between the two nations were strained. In June this year the Thai government demanded the withdrawal of a 500-strong Malay police force from the common border. But since the October take-over, military leaders from both nations have agreed to co-operate closely in anti-communist operations. The Thai and Malay prime minsters met at the end of November to confirm the new detente.
Thailand's crack border patrol police bear the brunt of confrontations with communist insurgents along the country's long land frontiers in the north, north-east and south--especially along the Malay border. their numbers are to be heavily increased, according to new Thai Premier Thanin Kraivichien in a recent public television broadcast. The broadcast followed government legislation enabling the military-backed regime to seek foreign aid up to thousand million U.S. dollars. Within days of the legislation, Thailand began negotiations with the World Bank, Saudi Arabia and other international financial sources for a massive loan. Meanwhile, back on the battlefront, religious symbols have been in the forefront of communist attacks. The anti-religious stand of communism is one of the major points of difference in the Far East where Buddhism is a major factor.
The military-backed right-wing regime in Thailand still retains the age-old Siamese monarchy, and in a public speech on his birthday on Friday (December 3) King Bhumibol said enemies threatened his country. The would have already destroyed Thailand if people had lacked the willingness to fight back, he said.
A meeting of Thai-malay military chiefs within a month of the Thai coup set the stage for the new anti-communist detente, with an agreement to step up border patrols double-checking all traffic. Meanwhile, recent military reports from Thailand said about 300 armed guerrillas of the outlawed Malay Communist Party were on the move from their hide-outs in southern Thailand back towards the Malay border. Intelligence officials interpreted this as a first move towards an attack on northern Malaysia, and have stepped up 'search-and-destroy' patrols. Elsewhere, Thai authorities have arrested more than three thousand people in two months--including an official Soviet journalist.