• Short Summary

    TWO DAYS AFTER AN ORDERLY ELECTION, THE MALAYSIAN CAPITAL KUALA LUMPUR, WAS YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) THE SCENE OF SERIOUS RACIAL VIOLENCE IN WHICH 12 PEOPLE WERE KILLED.

  • Description

    TWO DAYS AFTER AN ORDERLY ELECTION, THE MALAYSIAN CAPITAL KUALA LUMPUR, WAS YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) THE SCENE OF SERIOUS RACIAL VIOLENCE IN WHICH 12 PEOPLE WERE KILLED. THE CITY IS NOW UNDER CURFEW AND THE ARMY HAS BEEN CALLED IN TO HELP THE POLICE.
    TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN HAS BEEN PRIME MINISTER OF A COALITION GOVERNMENT IN MALAYSIA SINCE INDEPENDENCE TWELVE YEARS AGO. HIS MULTI-RACIAL GOVERNMENT FELL APART WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) BY DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, TUN ABDUL RAZAK, THAT THERE WOULD AS A RESULT OF THE ELECTION NOW BE NO CHINESE REPRESENTATION IN THE COALITION. THE CHINESE HAD BEEN REPRESENTED UP TO NOW MINISTER FROM THE MALAYA CHINESE ASSOCIATION (MCA), BUT THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER ALLEGED THAT BECAUSE THE CHINESE ELECTORATE HAD IN THE MAIN VOTED FOR THE OPPOSITION THE CHINESE POPULATION HAD BROUGHT IT ON THEMSELVES NOT TO BE REPRESENTED IN THE GOVERNMENT.
    THE CHINESE POPULATION IS VERY LARGE IN SOME AREAS. THE REACTION BY THE MALAYSIAN-CHINESE YESTERDAY WAS IMMEDIATE AND VIOLENT. TROUBLE WAS CONCENTRATED IN THE PREDOMINANTLY MALAY AREAS OF KUALA LUMPUR, WHERE CARS AND BUSES WERE OVERTURNED AND BURNT BY ANGRY MOBS. THERE WAS FIGHTING BETWEEN GROUPS OF CHINESE AND MALAYS, AND MANY PEOPLE WERE INJURED BESIDE THE TWELVE REPORTED KILLED.
    THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF DISTURBANCES IN MALAYA SINCE INDEPENDENCE. IN FEBRUARY 1965 THE ARMY HAD TO IMPOSE A CURFEW AFTER SOCIALIST FRONT MEMBERS HAD DEMONSTRATED AGAINST THE ARREST OF FOUR OF THEIR LEADERS. IN APRIL 1967 POLICE USED TEAR-GAS TO DISPERSE CROWDS OF LABOUR PARTY DEMONSTRATORS, WHO WERE PROTESTING IN SUPPORT OF RUBBER ESTATE WORKERS. THERE HAS ALSO BEEN OCCASIONAL TROUBLE WITH THE CHINESE MINORITY POPULATION, BUT THE SITUATION HAD IMPROVED IN RECENT MONTHS.
    THE COALITION GOVERNMENT CONSISTED OF THREE PARTIES: THE TUNKU'S ALLIANCE PARTY, THE MCA LED BY FINANCE MINISTER TUN TAN SIEW SIN, AND THE MALAYSIAN INDIAN CONGRESS LED BY THE MINISTER OF WORKS, POSTS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS, TUN V.T. SAMBANTHAN. THIS LIBRARY FILM SHOT AT THE END OF MARCH THIS YEAR SHOWS THREE LEADERS AT AN ELECTION RALLY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAHDRZ3HUZ09ANYYFAMU83LICT
    Media URN:
    VLVAAHDRZ3HUZ09ANYYFAMU83LICT
    Group:
    File reuters - Can Sell
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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