• Short Summary

    IN NORTHERN MALAYSIA, THE TOWN OF GUA MUSANG LIES DEEP IN THE CENTRAL JUNGLES WHICH STRETCH THROUGH THE LIMESTONE HILLS STRAIGHT TO THE THAI BORDER.

  • Description

    IN NORTHERN MALAYSIA, THE TOWN OF GUA MUSANG LIES DEEP IN THE CENTRAL JUNGLES WHICH STRETCH THROUGH THE LIMESTONE HILLS STRAIGHT TO THE THAI BORDER. THE AREA WAS A COMMUNIST STRONGHOLD IN 1948 WHEN THE MALAYSIAN COMMUNIST PARTY FLEW ITS FLAGS IN GUA MUSANG FOR ONE WEEK. THE TOWN WAS CAPTURED BY BRITISH TROOPS, BUT ONLY AFTER A BLOODY BATTLE. TODAY, THE JUNGLE AROUND GUA MUSANG IS STILL A COMMUNIST STRONGHOLD.

    THE ONLY LINK WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD IS THE RAILWAY LINE FROM KOTA BHARU IN THE NORTH-EAST TO JOHORE IN SOUTHERN MALAYSIA. GUA MUSANG'S POPULATION IS MADE UP OF 4,000 CHINESE AND ABOUT 800 MALAYS.

    TO COUNTER ALLEGED COMMUNIST INSURGENCY, RESIDENTS ARE VOLUNTEERING FOR THE HOME GUARD, AND LAST WEEKEND SAW THE PASSING OUT OF ANOTHER GROUP OF RECRUITS. AT A PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF HOME GUARD JAYA, WARNED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD DEAL RUTHLESSLY WITH ANYONE CAUGHT GIVING SUPPORT TO THE COMMUNIST PARTY. HE ALSO WARNED OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF ANY RACIAL DISTURBANCES.

    THE IDENTITY CARDS HANDED TO THOSE WHO QUALIFIED FOR HOME GUARD SERVICE ENABLE THEM TO STEP ANYONE AT WILL AND CHECK THEIR CREDENTIALS. WHILE ONE GROUP -- MOSTLY CHINESE MEN -- COMPLETED THEIR TRAINING, A GROUP OF MALAY GIRLS HAD JUST BEGUN THEIR TRAINING. TRAINING INVOLVES INSTRUCTION BOTH IN THE CLASSROOM AND ON THE FIELD.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAMTEXY355BY4FKFMB8W1LF159
    Media URN:
    VLVAAMTEXY355BY4FKFMB8W1LF159
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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