Tunku Abdul Rahman, Premier of Malaya, paid a courtesy visit to British Premier Harold Macmillan at 10 Downing Street, May 2.
Tunku Abdul Rahman, Premier of Malaya, paid a courtesy visit to British Premier Harold Macmillan at 10 Downing Street, May 2. He is one of nine Prime Ministers now in London to attend the Commonwealth Premiers Conference opening in London May 3.
Final delegate to reach London, the Malayan Premier is in a sense the newest arrival, since this is the first Commonwealth Conference at which Malaya has been a member since attaining independence in 1959.
Statements made by other delegates on arrival at London Airport recently indicate clearly how far the Conference will be influenced by the situation in Africa, and the reaction throughout the Commonwealth to the South African Government's apartheid policy.
Dr. Nkrumah, the Ghanaian Premier, said he hoped the South African question would be discussed both at plenary sessions and privately. He hoped the opposition of Ghana and other Commonwealth countries to apartheid would have some effect on South African policy.
Indian Premier Pandit Nehru said there was nothing to prevent South Africa's policy from being discussed in open session. "It is a subject which cannot be ignored, but how we deal with it is a matter to be considered. We have been, and will always be wholeheartedly opposed to apartheid. This is a question which cannot be glossed over or passed over from the point of view of the Commonwealth."