• Short Summary

    TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY LAND DYAKS IN FOUR VILLAGES NEAR THE INDONESIAN BORDER, WHO WERE EXPOSED TO INDONESIAN INSURGENT ATTACKS, ARE NOW RESETTLED IN AN AREA CLOSER TO BAU, THE SARAWAK CAPITAL.

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    TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY LAND DYAKS IN FOUR VILLAGES NEAR THE INDONESIAN BORDER, WHO WERE EXPOSED TO INDONESIAN INSURGENT ATTACKS, ARE NOW RESETTLED IN AN AREA CLOSER TO BAU, THE SARAWAK CAPITAL.

    BRITISH AND MALAYSIAN FORCES, INCLUDING ROYAL AIR FORCE HELICOPTER UNITS, CO-OPERATED IN THE EVACUATION OF THE VILLAGERS AND THE CLEARING OF LAND FOR THEIR NEW HOMES.

    AN AIR RECONNAISSANCE WAS CARRIED OUT AND A SUITABLE SITE WAS SPOTTED. A PARTY WAS SENT IN TO CLEAR A HELICOPTER LANDING SITE SO THAT THE STORES AND MEN COULD BE FLOWN IN. THE MALAYSIAN POLICE ESTABLISHED A CAMP IN THE VILLAGE.

    WHILE THE POLICE GUARDED THE AREA, THE ASSAULT ENGINEERS OF 42 COMMANDO, ROYAL MARINES, ERECTED DEFENCES.

    THE NEW VILLAGE WILL BE CALLED "KAMPONG KARU", AFTER A LAND DYAK, NAMED KARU, WHO WAS KILLED WHILE LEADING SECURITY FORCES TO A BAND OF INDONESIAN INSURGENTS SOME MONTHS AGO.

    MEANWHILE, AN ABANDONED GOLDMINE NEAR BAU, HAS BEEN GIVEN TO THE 'K' COMPANY OF 42 ROYAL MARINE COMMANDO. FLOODED OVER 40 YEARS AGO, THE MINE FORMS A BEAUTIFUL BLUE-GREEN LAKE NESTLING AMONG THE JUNGLE-CLAD LIMESTONE HILLS. ITS BEAUTIFUL SETTING AND CLEAR WATER HAVE MADE IT A FAVOURITE SWIMMING SPOT FOR THE BAU PEOPLE.

    THE POOLS WAS DECLARED OPEN BY MR ONG GUAN CHENG, CHAIRMAN OF THE BAU COUNCIL AND ONE OF THE LEADING GOLDMINERS IN THE AREA. HE CUT A WHITE RIBBON WITH A CEREMONIAL DYAK PARANG WHICH HE LATER PRESENTED TO THE "K" COMPANY ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF BAU.

    THE POOL WAS REALLY OPENED WHEN MR ONG GUAN CHENG, TOGETHER WITH THE DISTRICT OFFICER, JAJI YUSOF ARBI AND MAJOR HIGSON COMMANDING THE "K" COMPANY, JUMPED INTO THE POOL FULLY CLOTHED, MUCH THE DELIGHT OF THE ASSEMBLED CROWD.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABXZ35EL8405STUH5LQRC3D8AP
    Media URN:
    VLVABXZ35EL8405STUH5LQRC3D8AP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/06/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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