• Short Summary

    MASS RALLIES HAVE BEEN HELD IN SARAWAK IN PROTEST AGAINST THE PROPOSED MALAYSIA FEDERATION.ON FRIDAY,?

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    MASS RALLIES HAVE BEEN HELD IN SARAWAK IN PROTEST AGAINST THE PROPOSED MALAYSIA FEDERATION.ON FRIDAY, THE SARAWAK UNITED PEOPLE'S PARTY STAGED A BIG DEMONSTRATION IN KUCHING, THE CAPITAL.THE RALLY WAS ADDRESSED BY THE U.P..SECRETARY-GENERAL, MR.STEPHEN YONG.

    A FEW HOURS LATER, MR YONG SPOKE AT A SIMILAR DEMONSTRATION NEAR KUCHING AIRPORT SHORTLY BEFORE THE ARRIVAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS FACT-FINDING MISSION WHICH FLEW IN TO GAUGE WHETHER LOCAL FEELING IN SARAWAK AND NORTH BORNEO FAVOURS THE FEDERATION.

    TROOPS AND POLICE HAD TO HOLD BACK THOUSANDS OF DEMONSTRATORS, MAINLY CHINESE, WHO CARRIED BANNERS DEMANDING A POPULAR VOTE ON THE MALAYSIA ISSUE.THE NINE-MAN U.N.TEAM, LED BY MR.LAURENCE MICHELMORE, WAS ALMOST MOBBED AS THEY DROVE FROM THE AIRPORT.

    DESPITE THE PROTESTS, THE MISSION'S REPORT IS EXPECTED WITHIN A FEW WEEKS, ALTHOUGH NOT BEFORE AUGUST 31 - THE ORIGINAL TARGET DATE FOR SETTING UP THE FEDERATION, PLANNED TO LINK MALAYA WITH SINGAPORE, SARAWAK AND BRITISH NORTH BORNEO.

    (AS THE U.N.TEAM GOT DOWN TO WORK, SARAWAK GOVERNMENT SOURCES REPORTED THAT PRESSURE ON SARAWAK'S BORDER WITH INDONESIA HAD INCREASED AND WAS NOW "A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SITUATION." MEANWHILE, BRITISH WARSHIPS ARE REPORTEDLY CRUISING OFF THE COAST OF SARAWAK AND NORTH BORNEO.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADV3ANPNPJHHGLKHBI0FSCDZ6X
    Media URN:
    VLVADV3ANPNPJHHGLKHBI0FSCDZ6X
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/08/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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