• Short Summary

    A FIVE-MAN COMMISSION HEADED BY LORD COBBOLD, FORMER GOVERNOR OF THE BANK OF ENGLAND, ARRIVED IN KUCHING, SARAWAK, FEB 19, TO BEGIN A TWO-MONTH ENQUIRY INTO PUBLIC OPINION ON THE PROPOSED MALAYSIAN FEDERATION UNDER WHICH THE BRITISH TERRITORIES OF SARAWAK AND NORTH BORNEO ARE TO BECOME MEMBER STATES ALONG WITH MALAYA AND SINGAPORE.

  • Description

    A FIVE-MAN COMMISSION HEADED BY LORD COBBOLD, FORMER GOVERNOR OF THE BANK OF ENGLAND, ARRIVED IN KUCHING, SARAWAK, FEB 19, TO BEGIN A TWO-MONTH ENQUIRY INTO PUBLIC OPINION ON THE PROPOSED MALAYSIAN FEDERATION UNDER WHICH THE BRITISH TERRITORIES OF SARAWAK AND NORTH BORNEO ARE TO BECOME MEMBER STATES ALONG WITH MALAYA AND SINGAPORE. BRITISH PROTECTED BRUNEI IS ALSO CONSIDERED FOR INCLUSION IN MALAYSIA.

    THE COMMISSION MEMBERS WERE MET AT THE AIRPORT BY THE GOVERNOR OF SARAWAK, SIR ALEXANDER WADDEL, AND CHIEF SECRETARY, MR. F.D. JAKEWAY.

    WITH LORD COBBOLD ARE: THE FORMER GOVERNOR OF SARAWAK, SIR ANTHONY ABELL; FORMER CHIEF SECRETARY OF MALAYA; SIR DAVID WATHERSTON; GOVERNOR OF PENANG, DATO WONG POW NEE; AND SECRETARY OF MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MALAYA, MR. MOHAMED GHAZALIE.

    THE MEMBERS WILL TOUR NEARLY 3,000 MILES BY LIGHT PLANES, TRAIN, MOTOR BOATS AND DUG-OUT CANOES AMONG THE SCATTERED COMMUNITIES OF DYAK, IBAN, CHINESE AND MALAYS TO GATHER THEIR VIEWS ON MALAYSIA.

    ON THE FIRST DAY OF THEIR VISIT TO KUCHING, THEIR STARTING POINT, THE SARAWAK UNITED PEOPLE'S PARTY HELD ONE OF THE BIGGEST MASS RALLIES TO OPPOSE MALAYSIA. NEARLY 7,000 PEOPLE GATHERED AT THE PARTY HEADQUARTERS TO SHOUT "WE WANT INDEPENDENCE". THERE WERE PLENTY OF BANNERS.

    THE RALLY WAS OPENED BY MR. ONG KEE HUI, CHAIRMAN OF THE S.U.P.P. WHO STRESSED THAT IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO ACCEPT THE MALAYSIA PLAN BEFORE THE PEOPLE OF SARAWAK WERE ALLOWED TO MANAGE THEIR OWN AFFAIRS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6BNWB2HHWLRUN82UJLZS2K5OY
    Media URN:
    VLVA6BNWB2HHWLRUN82UJLZS2K5OY
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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