• Short Summary

    AT KUCHING, CAPITAL OF THE BRITISH PROTECTORATE OF SARAWAK, JUNE 3, ABOUT 10,000 PEOPLE TURNED OUT FOR A SOCIALIST POLITICAL RALLY, WITH SPEAKERS FROM SINGAPORE, MALAYA, AND NORTH BORNEO.

  • Description

    AT KUCHING, CAPITAL OF THE BRITISH PROTECTORATE OF SARAWAK, JUNE 3, ABOUT 10,000 PEOPLE TURNED OUT FOR A SOCIALIST POLITICAL RALLY, WITH SPEAKERS FROM SINGAPORE, MALAYA, AND NORTH BORNEO. POLITICAL ACTIVITY FOR AND AGAINST THE PROPOSED FEDERATION OF GREATER MALAYSIA IS BUILDING UP AS THE JUNE 1963 DEADLINE LAID DOWN BY THE SINGAPORE AND MALAYAN GOVERNMENTS DRAWS CLOSER, AND THIS RALLY, ORGANISED BY THE SARAWAK UNITED PEOPLE'S PARTY, WAS CALLED LARGELY TO PROTEST AGAINST THE MALAYSIA PLAN, SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH SINGAPORE CELEBRATIONS OF NATIONAL DAY AT WHICH PRIME MINISTER LEE KUAN YEW SAID MALAYSIA WAS INEVITABLE.

    THE MEETING WAS ALSO HELD WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT PUBLICATION WAS IMMINENT OF THE REPORT OF THE COBBOLD COMMISSION, WHICH RECENTLY INVESTIGATED PUBLIC OPINION ON THE MALAYSIA PROPOSAL IN SARAWAK AND NORTH BORNEO.

    MEMBERS OF THE AUDIENCE AT THE RALLY VOTED IN FAVOUR OF A CLOSER ASSOCIATION OF THE THREE BRITISH TERRITORIES IN BORNEO (SARAWAK, BRUNEI, AND NORTH BORNEO) RATHER THAN IMMEDIATE PARTICIPATION IN A MALAYSIA FEDERATION. OPPONENTS OF FEDERATION IN THE BORNEO TERRITORIES WANT NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE, AND BELIEVE THAT UNDER MALAYSIA THEY WOULD CONTINUE TO BE DEPENDENT TERRITORIES AS AT PRESENT.

    SPEAKERS INCLUDED THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EXTREME LEFT-WING SARAWAK UNITED PEOPLE'S PARTY, MR ONG KEE HUI, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF SINGAPORE'S SOCIALIST FRONT, DR.LEE SIEW CHOH.

    A SIMILAR ANTI-MALAYSIA RALLY HAD BEEN PLANNED BY LEFT-WING TRADE UNIONS IN SINGAPORE BUT WAS CANCELLED AT THE LAST MINUTE AFTER A BAN ON PROCESSIONS AND MEETING.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9W1IQVTGMG1P6U5IMM0D3Q7MX
    Media URN:
    VLVA9W1IQVTGMG1P6U5IMM0D3Q7MX
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/06/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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