• Short Summary

    THE FISHERMEN OF MALAYA -- AND THEIR FAMILIES -- ARE THE SILENT VICTIMS OF THE CONFRONTATION WAR WITH INDONESIA.

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    THE FISHERMEN OF MALAYA -- AND THEIR FAMILIES -- ARE THE SILENT VICTIMS OF THE CONFRONTATION WAR WITH INDONESIA.

    UNTIL TWO YEARS AGO, FISHING WAS A LIVELIHOOD FOR SOME FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND PEOPLE ALONG THE MALAYAN PENINSULA.BUT WITH THE FORMATION OF MALAYSIA AND INDONESIAN ATTACKS ON THE NEW NATION THE PATTERN OF CENTURIES WAS BROKEN.

    AS INVADERS CAME ACROSS THE MALACCA STRAITS -- AND WERE QUICKLY KILLED OR ROUNDED UP BY MALAYSIAN TROOPS -- THE FISHERFOLK FOUND THEMSELVES IN THE NO-MAN'S LAND OF AN INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT.CURFEWS, AND THE DANGER OF BEING TAKEN PRISONER AS THEY TRAWLED THE STRAITS HAVE FORCED THEM TO RELY ON INSHORE NETTING AND KELONG FOR THEIR CATCH.

    THE KELONGS -- FISHTRAPS MADE FROM ROWS OF STAKES DRIVEN, ARROW SHAPED FOR A HUNDRED YARDS INTO THE SEA -- HAVE BEEN A TRADITIONAL FEATURE OF THE MALAYAN COASTLINE.BUT OFFSHORE FISHING BROUGHT THE BIG HAULS.

    NOW WITH BOATS KEPT CLOSE TO THE COAST, WHOLE VILLAGES HAVE FOUND THE STRUGGLE TO COPE WITH GREATLY DEPLETED INCOMES TOO MUCH.

    MEN WHOSE FORBEARS FISHED ONE PART OF THE MALAYAN COAST FOR CENTURIES HAVE NOW DRIFTED INTO THE TOWNS OF MALAYA AND THE SUBURBS OF SINGAPORE SEEKING MANUAL LABOUR WHICH IS HARD TO GET.

    THE SEA WHICH WAS THEIR LIVELIHOOD IS NOW THE BATTLEFIELD FOR NAVAL BOATS AND SAMPAN BORNE INDONESIAN INVADERS.

    EACH DAY SHIPS OF ALL SIZES -- FROM FRIGATES TO PATROL LAUNCHES -- SET OUT FROM SINGAPORE ISLAND TO KEEP UP THE CONSTANT WATCH FOR INDONESIAN LANDING ATTEMPTS.THE PRELUDE TO TAKING UP STATION IS A CHECK OF WEAPONS; THE FIRING OF A FEW ROUNDS TO SEE THAT GUNS WHICH WILL BE NEEDED FOR ACTION WITHIN A FEW HOURS ARE IN WORKING ORDER.

    A RECENT CEREMONY IN SINGAPORE, AT WHICH RICE WAS DISTRIBUTED FREE TO FISHERMEN, POINTED TO THE PLIGHT OF SOME OF THE PEOPLE HURT BY A WAR WHICH SHOWS NO SIGN OF ENDING.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9HBAESMVJAEQ98Z3G2EBI88NE
    Media URN:
    VLVA9HBAESMVJAEQ98Z3G2EBI88NE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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