Malaysia's National Operations Council, which makes the major decisions under the emergency regulations, met for the first time in Kuala Lumpur yesterday (Monday).
PARLIAMENT HOUSE WHERE THE MEETING TOOK PLACE, POLICE ON GUARD AND COUNCIL MEMBERS ARRIVING.
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Background: Malaysia's National Operations Council, which makes the major decisions under the emergency regulations, met for the first time in Kuala Lumpur yesterday (Monday).
Present were the Council's Executive Officer, Lieutenant-General Date Ibrahim; the Armed Forces Commander, General Tunku Osman; the Police Chief Mohammed Salleh; the Council's leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Tun Abdul Razak; the Finance Minister and President of the Malaysian Chinese Association, Tan Siew Sin; the Home Affairs Minister, Dr. Ismail; and the Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman.
The Council was set up when the law and order broke down in the wake of last week's racial clashes. Its function is to co-ordinate the work of the Government, the police and the military. It will make all executive decisions, which in effect gives it supreme power.
Although Tun Abdul Razak is Director of the Council, Prime Minister has made it plain that he is still the leader of the country, which is now slowly regaining its feet after the Malay-Chinese disturbances.