• Short Summary

    THE SITUATION:
    MALAYSIA, THE NEW NATION OF SOUTH EAST ASIA, IS A LAND BESIEGED EXTERNALLY BY INDONESIAN CONFRONTATION AND WRACKED INTERNALLY BY GROWING RACIAL TENSIONS.

  • Description

    THE SITUATION:
    MALAYSIA, THE NEW NATION OF SOUTH EAST ASIA, IS A LAND BESIEGED EXTERNALLY BY INDONESIAN CONFRONTATION AND WRACKED INTERNALLY BY GROWING RACIAL TENSIONS.

    IN RECENT WEEKS EXCHANGES BETWEEN THE NATION'S TWO MAIN POLITICAL BODIES -- THE STATE GOVERNMENT OF SINGAPORE AND THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT IN KUALA LUMPUR -- HAVE GROWN MORE ANGRY.

    THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT IN KUALA LUMPUR IS VIRTUALLY CONTROLLED BY LEADERS OF THE MALAY RACE.

    THE SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT, REFLECTING THE CITY'S RACIAL MAKE-UP, IS PREDOMINANTLY CHINESE.

    THE CONTEST BETWEEN THE TWO GOVERNMENT INCREASINGLY IS BEING WAGED ON THESE COMMUNAL LINES.

    FEAR AND SUSPICION OF THE MALAYS FOR THE CHINESE COMES INTO THE OPEN DAILY WITH CHARGES THAT THE SINGAPORE CHINESE SEEK TO DISPLACE THE MALAYS AS LEADERS IN THEIR OWN HOMELAND.

    THIS CONFLICT WILL COME INTO THE COURTS SOON WITH THE HEARING OF A LIBEL ACTION BY THE SINGAPORE PRIME MINISTER, MR. LEE KUAN YEW AGAINST A POWERFUL MALAY POLITICAL FIGURE, DATO SAID JAFFA ALBAR.

    THIS BACKGROUNDER EXAMINES THE IMPLICATIONS OF FURTHER VIOLENCE IN GEYLANG AN AREA OF SINGAPORE WHICH HAS BEEN ACCEPTED AS THE FLASHPOINT FOR ANY RENEWED OUTBREAK OF VIOLENCE BETWEEN MALAYS AND CHINESE -- A DEVELOPMENT WHICH COULD CHANGE THE PRESENT WAR OF WORDS INTO A SERIES OF STREET CLASHES AND KILLINGS WHICH COULD DESTROY THE WHOLE MALAYSIAN CONCEPT.

    THE BACKGROUND:
    SINGAPORE, THE BIGGEST, RICHEST CITY IN THE NEW NATION OF MALAYSIA, IS A POTENTIAL MAJOR TROUBLE SPOT IN AN AREA OF THE WORLD WHICH HAS BEEN IN UPHEAVAL FOR TWENTY YEARS.

    THIS TWO HUNDRED AND FOURTEEN SQUARE MILE ISLAND, SEPARATED FROM THE MALAYAN MAINLAND BY A NARROW STRETCH OF WATER, HOLDS THE KEY TO MALAYSIA. RACIALISM IN MALAYSIA IS A CONTINUING THREAT, WITH COMMUNAL POLITICAL GROUPINGS, DIFFERENT CULTURES AND PRIVATE HATREDS. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY IT IS FED BY THE WIDE GAP IN LIVING STANDARDS OF THE FEDERATION'S TWO MAJOR RACES -- THE CHINESE AND THE MALAYS.

    SINGAPORE IS A PREDOMINANTLY CHINESE CITY WITH MALAYS MAKING UP LITTLE MORE THAN FIFTEEN PERCENT OF THE POPULATION.

    IT IS HERE THAT COMMUNALISM COMES VIOLENT INTO THE OPEN. WITH ALMOST TOTAL CHINESE CONTROL OF THE CITY'S COMMERCIAL LIFE THE MALAYS OF SINGAPORE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2PNCASFJPXUBA17W9VAQVYA0L
    Media URN:
    VLVA2PNCASFJPXUBA17W9VAQVYA0L
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/05/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:06:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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