• Short Summary

    THERE HAS BEEN A STRICT CURFEW IN KUALA LUMPUR, THE MALAYSIAN CAPITAL, SINCE THE DAYS OF RACIAL VIOLENCE WHICH HERALDED THE RESULTS OF THE COUNTRY'S GENERAL ELECTION AND CAUSED THE DEATH OF AT LEAST 100 PEOPLE.

  • Description

    THERE HAS BEEN A STRICT CURFEW IN KUALA LUMPUR, THE MALAYSIAN CAPITAL, SINCE THE DAYS OF RACIAL VIOLENCE WHICH HERALDED THE RESULTS OF THE COUNTRY'S GENERAL ELECTION AND CAUSED THE DEATH OF AT LEAST 100 PEOPLE. PRIME MINISTER TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN ANNOUNCED A STATE OF EMERGENCY ON THURSDAY NIGHT WHEN HE SPOKE TO THE NATION ON RADIO AND TELEVISION, AND HE APPEALED FOR CALM.

    THE STREETS OF KUALA LUMPUR, STREWN WITH WRECKED AND BURNT OUT CARS AND BUSES, AND LIVED WITH RUINED SHOPS, HAVE BEEN DESERTED SINCE THE CURFEW WAS IMPOSED. ONLY ARMOURED CARS AND SOLDIERS ON GUARD DUTY WERE TO BE SEEN.

    TODAY (17 MAY) THE PEOPLE EMERGED BRIEFLY FROM THEIR HOMES & THE CURFEW WAS LIFTED FOR THREE HOURS. THERE WAS A FRANTIC SCRAMBLE TO BUY FOOD, BUT MANY SHOPS DID NOT OPEN, AND THOSE THAT DID WERE SHORT OF BASIC SUPPLIES LIKE BREAD, VEGETABLES AND MEAT. BANKS WERE NOT OPEN, AND MANY PEOPLE WERE SHORT OF MONEY.

    IN THE MOST TROUBLED AREAS THE CURFEW WAS NOT LIFTED, BUT FOOD DELIVERIES WERE ORIGINATED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

    POLICE SAID 227 PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN THE RACIAL CLASHES WHICH BEGAN ON TUESDAY, AND 60 HOMES WERE BURNT TO THE GROUND. MORE THAN 600 PEOPLE ARE REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN ARRESTED.

    IN HIS BROADCAST ON THURSDAY NIGHT TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN ANNOUNCED THE CREATION OF A SPECIAL DEFENCE FORCE TO HELP RESTORE ORDER AND THE APPOINTMENT OF THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, TUN ABDUL RAZAK, TO HEAR A NATIONAL OPERATIONS COUNCIL.

    THE PRIME MINISTER CHARGED THE COMMUNISTS WITH TRYING TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT, AND HINTED THAT UNLESS ALL MEASURES WERE TAKEN TO BRING THE SITUATION UNDER CONTROL, THE COUNTRY WOULD FACE A STATE OF EMERGENCY SIMILAR TO THAT FACED BY THE BRITISH IN 1949 - A REFERENCE TO BRITAIN'S TEN-YEAR WAR AGAINST COMMUNIST TERRORISTS IN MALAYA.

    APPEALING FOR CALM, THE TUNKU SAID THE PEOPLE MUST NOT TAKE THE LAW INTO THEIR OWN HANDS. IF THEY DID, THE INNOCENT WOULD SUFFER ON BOTH SIDES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC5V83BP5GC7GD3A0QMU359VSH
    Media URN:
    VLVAC5V83BP5GC7GD3A0QMU359VSH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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