In Kuala Lumpur, more than 250 Malay youths staged a demonstration at the heavily guarded U.
In Kuala Lumpur, more than 250 Malay youths staged a demonstration at the heavily guarded U.S. Embassy on Friday (6 July) demanding resettlement of all 76,000 Vietnamese in the United States, and later marched to the Vietnamese Embassy to hand a memorandum to Prime Minister Phan Van Dong to accept the return of those boat people now in Malaysia.
About 40 uniformed and plainclothes police supported by patrol cars controlled the crowd milling around the American Embassy building in a city centre.
The youths were from the ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) youth wing which held its annual convention and decided on the demonstration in support of its resolution urging the government to combat the refugee influx more effectively.
Four youth leaders were allowed inside the embassy, guarded by uniformed US Marines, to meet Ambassador Robert Miller. They presented a memorandum to President Carter calling for early resettlement of all the refugees and the setting up of refugee transit camps on U.S.
Later they marched to the Vietnamese Embassy to hand in a memorandum to Prime Minister Dong calling for regulated and orderly departure of Vietnamese leaving the country and the acceptance of the return of those now in Malaysia who left Vietnam illegally.
The demonstrators dispersed peacefully after they presented memorandum to Ambassador Vo Bac Mai at his residence.