• Short Summary

    INDONESIAN BARTER TRADERS WERE OFFICIALLY ALLOWED INTO SINGAPORE'S TELOK AYER BASIN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THREE YEARS ON MONDAY WITH ENDING OF INDONESIA'S CONFRONTATION POLICY.

  • Description

    INDONESIAN BARTER TRADERS WERE OFFICIALLY ALLOWED INTO SINGAPORE'S TELOK AYER BASIN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THREE YEARS ON MONDAY WITH ENDING OF INDONESIA'S CONFRONTATION POLICY. AS THEY PADDLED THEIR TINY SAMPANS INTO THE DOCK THE INDONESIANS WAVED AND CHEERED AT THE VISNEWS CAMERAMAN -- WHO GOT THIS EXCLUSIVE FILM JUST BEFORE THE SINGAPORE AUTHORITIES BARRED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS FROM THE AREA.

    THE INDONESIANS PADDLED AND SAILED MORE THAN 200 SMALL CRAFT AFTER AN EXHAUSTING 15 TO 20 MILES JOURNEY FROM THE INDONESIAN RHIO ISLANDS. THE BASIN HAS BEEN DECLARED A PROTECTED AREA, RINGED WITH HIGH WIRE FENCES, AND GENERALLY PREPARED TO HANDLE THE TRADERS, WHO ARRIVED WITH COPRA, RAW RUBBER PETROLEUM, PEPPER AND OTHER SPICES IN EXCHANGE FOR MANUFACTURED GOODS.

    BARTER TRADING BETWEEN INDONESIA AND SINGAPORE HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR 100 YEARS, AND IS BIG BUSINESS INVOLVING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. IT WAS STOPPED THREE YEARS AGO WHEN INDONESIA BROKE OFF RELATIONS WITH MALAYSIA, OF WHICH SINGAPORE WAS THEN PART, AND LAUNCHED ITS CONFRONTATION WITH SLOGAN "CRUSH MALAYSIA."
    AS THE INDONESIAN TRADERS ENTERED SINGAPORE HARBOUR IN THEIR TINY CRAFT, MANY CAME WITHIN AN ARM'S LENGTH OF THE TROOPSHIP "AUBY", WHICH AT THE HEIGHT OF CONFRONTATION PLAYED A VITAL ROLE IN TRANSPORTING BRITISH, AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND TROOPS TO MALAYSIAN BORNEO TO COMBAT INFILTRATORS. WITH THE RESUMPTION OF BARTER TRADING, AN EXTRA 8,000 PEOPLE IN SINGAPORE NOW UNEMPLOYED ARE EXPECTED TO FIND WORK.

    ALTHOUGH TRADITIONAL TRADING IS ALREADY UNDERWAY, THE SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT IS STILL WORKING OUT SPECIFIC DETAILS OF BARTER EXCHANGE WITH INDONESIA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3RIR77RGG5R7L8JA1TT7P7VTL
    Media URN:
    VLVA3RIR77RGG5R7L8JA1TT7P7VTL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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