• Short Summary

    MINORITY RACES IN ASIA ARE FREQUENTLY THE SPAWNING GROUND FOR INTERNAL SUBVERSION AND DISAFFECTION.

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  • Description

    MINORITY RACES IN ASIA ARE FREQUENTLY THE SPAWNING GROUND FOR INTERNAL SUBVERSION AND DISAFFECTION.

    THIS IS A SITUATION WHICH THE GOVERNMENT OF THAILAND NOW FEARS COULD DEVELOP ALONG ITS SOUTHERN BORDER WITH MALAYSIA.

    IN ITS FOUR SOUTHERNMOST PROVINCES THERE ARE EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND MOSLEMS, MOSTLY PEOPLE WHO OVER THE YEARS HAVE MIGRATED FROM THE EASTERN MALAYAN STATES OF TRENGGANU AND KELANTAN.

    THE AREA WHERE THEY NOW LIVE IS ALSO THE CURRENT HOME OF THE COMMUNIST ARMY WHICH PLUNGED MALAYA INTO A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR TWELVE YEARS AFTER THE WAR. ITS STILL LED BY CHIN PENG, THE REDOUBTABLE MALAYAN CHINESE, WHO FOUGHT AGAINST THE JAPANESE AND LATER AGAINST THE BRITISH WHEN THEY RETURNED TO RECLAIM THEIR MALAYAN COLONIES.

    ONE OF CHIN PENG'S SEVEREST HANDICAPS DURING THE REBELLION AGAINST THE BRITISH WAS HIS ALMOST TOTAL LACK OF SUPPORT AMONG MALAYS. HIS ARMY WAS MOSTLY CHINESE, ENABLING THE BRITISH TO DISREGARD THE OTHER RACES IN THE COUNTRY IN THEIR SUCCESSFUL FIGHT AGAINST THE REBELS.

    NOW THE COMMUNISTS, SIX HUNDRED STRONG, ARE CONCENTRATING ON THE MALAYS OF SOUTHERN THAILAND IN AN EFFORT TO WIDEN THE BASE OF THEIR MOVEMENT.

    THE MALAYS AND THEIR MOSLEM RELIGION SET THEM APART FROM THE BUDDHIST THAIS AND THEY CLAIM TO HAVE BEEN DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BY SUCCESSIVE THAI GOVERNMENT.

    MOSTLY THEY WORK AS FISHERMEN, WITH THEIR OWN VILLAGES AND FISHING FLEETS AND ITS IN THESE KAMPONGS THAT DISCONTENT HAS BEEN BREEDING. DOCUMENTS CAPTURED FROM THE COMMUNISTS ARE OFTEN PRINTED IN MALAY AND DEPICT THE THAIS AND THE MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER, TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN, AS AN ENEMY OF THE MALAYS.

    SHOWN IN THIS FILM IS A TYPICAL MALAY FISHING SETTLEMENT NEAR THE TOWN OF SONGKHLA, IN SOUTHERN THAILAND.

    ITS CUT OFF FROM THE THAI VILLAGES. THE FILM SHOWS THE END OF A TYPICAL DAY, WITH THE BOATS RETURNING FROM THE SEA WITH THEIR CATCH AND THE WOMENFOLK HELPING TO CLEAN AND DRY THE FISH.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA65QGN0IRZIYWN7FPQ2A8QXE30
    Media URN:
    VLVA65QGN0IRZIYWN7FPQ2A8QXE30
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/06/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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