• Short Summary

    A TENSE SITUATION STILL EXISTS ALONG THE BORDER BETWEEN SARAWAK AND INDONESIAN BORNEO. THE MALAYSIAN?

  • Description

    A TENSE SITUATION STILL EXISTS ALONG THE BORDER BETWEEN SARAWAK AND INDONESIAN BORNEO. THE MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT ALLEGES THAT INDONESIAN AGENTS ARE INFILTRATING THE REMOTE AREAS OF SARAWAK AS PART OF PRESIDENT SUKARNO'S "CRUSH MALAYSIA" POLICY. IT HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED THAT THE MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT IS TO RESETTLE MANY OF THE PEOPLE LIVING CLOSE TO THE TROUBLED BORDER - BUT IN DOING SO THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO MOVE FARMERS FROM PRODUCTIVE LANDS, AND DAYAK TRIBESMEN FROM REGIONS WHICH ARE THEIR ANCESTRAL HOMES.

    THE RESETTLEMENT PROGRAMME MEANS ABANDONING MANY ACRES OF VALUABLE FARM LAND. THE MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT HOPES THE MOVE WILL BE ONLY TEMPORARY - AND BELIEVES THE LAND CAN BE RE-OCCUPIED WHEN THE CRISIS IS OVER. THE PEPPER FARMS ARE GOING TO BE AMONG THE WORST HIT. THESE ON THE WHOLE ARE RUN BY CHINESE LANDOWNERS.

    BUT THE MOVE IS GOING TO BE MOST DIFFICULT FOR THE DAYAK TRIBESMEN. THESE TRIBES ARE IN VARYING STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT - BUT THE ONES CLOSEST TO THE INDONESIAN BORDER, ARE ALSO THE MOST PRIMITIVE. MANY STILL WORSHIP GODS OF THE FOREST - AND WOODEN SHRINES ARE FOUND FREQUENTLY ALONG FOOTPATHS LEADING TO THE LONGHOUSES. THE DAYAKS' ANCESTRAL LAND OFTEN SPREADS RIGHT ACROSS THE POLITICAL BOUNDARY. RESETTLEMENT OF THESE PEOPLE MAY MEAN THE BREAKING UP OF TRIBAL GROUPS.

    A SMALL TOWN SHOWN OF THIS FILM WILL SHORTLY CEASE TO EXIST. THE MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT BELIEVES THAT THE SETTLEMENT IS HARBOURING INDONESIAN SYMPATHISERS. THEY HAVE DECIDED TO EVACUATE THE WHOLE TOWN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5EC13KCLDRXEXSGWT9PQTNDI3
    Media URN:
    VLVA5EC13KCLDRXEXSGWT9PQTNDI3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/07/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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