• Short Summary

    Campaigning is in full swing throughout Malaya for the elections to be held, August 19, the first General Election in Malaya since the Country became independent in August 1957.

  • Description

    Campaigning is in full swing throughout Malaya for the elections to be held, August 19, the first General Election in Malaya since the Country became independent in August 1957.

    The voters among Malaya's six million population, the three main Races of which are The Malays, Chinese and Indians, will be electing representatives to sit in the 104-members House of Representatives.

    This House will replace the Legislative Council of 52 elected and 46 nominated members representing Plantation interests, Trade Unions and other professions.

    Under the Constitution there will be an Upper House, called the Senate, with 38 members, 22 elected by the State Legislative Assemblies and 16 nominated by the Paramount Ruler, Yang di-Pertuan Agong, to represent special interests.

    The seven Parties contesting the elections (with the number of their candidates in brackets) are; - Alliance Party (104), Pan-Malayan Islamic Party (58), Socialist Front (37), People's Progressive Party (19), Party Nagara (9), Malayan Party (2), Independents (29).

    Not all the candidates, though, will have to canvass electors in the same way as Mr. Inche Hussein biz Noordin, of the Alliance Party, who said that he was assured of 440 votes because he swam in a crocodile-infested river.

    In the remote village of Balun Bedai, Perak, it has been the custom for 200 years for every visitor to swim in the river. According to legend, if the visitor survived the crocodiles he was a good man; if not---- well, what mattered
    Mr. Noordin came out of the river unharmed, so he feels he is sure of all the votes in that village.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7S3HS6224JOBCBPBK7XGX2P2O
    Media URN:
    VLVA7S3HS6224JOBCBPBK7XGX2P2O
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/08/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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