• Short Summary

    WITH ONLY A FEW HOURS TO GO BEFORE REPRESENTATIVES WERE DUE TO SIGN THE AGREEMENT BRINGING INTO EXISTENCE THE NEW FEDERATION OF MALAYSIA, BRUNEI DECIDED TO WITHDRAW FROM THE SCHEME.

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    WITH ONLY A FEW HOURS TO GO BEFORE REPRESENTATIVES WERE DUE TO SIGN THE AGREEMENT BRINGING INTO EXISTENCE THE NEW FEDERATION OF MALAYSIA, BRUNEI DECIDED TO WITHDRAW FROM THE SCHEME.

    A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BRUNEI DELEGATION IN LONDON FOR THE CONFERENCE, SAID THAT THE REASON FOR ITS WITHDRAWAL WAS THAT THE MALAYAN GOVERNMENT HAD NOW ANNOUNCED THAT IT WAS UNABLE TO KEEP TO THE BRUNEI'S ENTRY AS PREVIOUSLY AGREED.PRINCIPAL AMONG THESE WERE THE POINTS THAT THE BRUNEI ENTRY WOULD BE ON FREELY NEGOTIATED TERMS AND THAT THE SPECIAL POSITION OF THE SULTAN AND HIS PEOPLE WOULD BE RECOGNISED AND PROTECTED.

    A MEMBER OF THE BRUNEI DELEGATION WHEN ASKED IF THE DOOR HAD BEEN LEFT OPEN FOR FURTHER NEGOTIATIONS, SAID: "NOT AT THE PRESENT TIME."
    SHORTLY BEFORE MIDNIGHT, REPRESENTATIVES FROM MALAYA, SINGAPORE, BRITISH NORTH BORNEO AND SARAWAK SAT DOWN TO SIGN THE AGREEMENT.PRINCIPAL SIGNATORIES WERE THE PRIME MINISTERS OF BRITAIN, MALAYA AND SINGAPORE - MR MACMILLAN, TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN AND MR.LEE KUAN YEW.

    IN A SHORT SPEECH BEFORE THE SIGNING CEREMONY, MR MACMILLAN POINTED OUT THE PEOPLE OF MALAYSIA HAD CHOSEN: "NO DOUBT DIFFICULT TASKS, PERHAPS EVEN DANGERS LIE BEFORE YOU.BUT YOU IN MALAYSIA WILL HAVE MANY GOOD FRIENDS ON WHOM YOU CAN RELY - AND AMONG THEM THE BRITISH PEOPLE WILL BE PROUD TO BE COUNTED." TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN THEN SPOKE OF HIS THOUGHTS AT THAT MOMENT: "IT IS MY PRAYER THAT THIS MALAYSIA WHICH IS ABOUT TO BE FORMED, AND WHICH IS ABOUT TO BE BORN, WILL BE A HAPPY MALAYSIA."
    THE AGREEMENT WAS REACHED AFTER TEN DAYS OF INTENSIVE NEGOTIATIONS WITH DELEGATES HOLDING SEVERAL ALL-NIGHT SESSIONS.

    THE MALAYSIA FEDERATION, SCHEDULED TO COME INTO EXISTENCE ON AUGUST 31, WILL GATHER TOGETHER A NEW NATION OF TEN MILLION PEOPLE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACDYQ2XCE2PMG6BDN0U2OBVCIP
    Media URN:
    VLVACDYQ2XCE2PMG6BDN0U2OBVCIP
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/07/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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