Straits Times, Sept 18, 1963
Kuala Lumpur, Tuesday
today severed diplomatic relations with Indonesia and
The decision was taken at an emergency Cabinet
meeting this morning.
Thailand has been asked to represent Malaysian
interests in both the Maphilindo countries.
Tonight the Indonesian and Philippines embassies
here were given a week to withdraw their staff. The
notice also applies to their staff in Penang,
Jesselton and Singapore.
Tengku Abdul Rahman said he felt Maphilindo had
died prematurely -- but not the Association of
In an earlier statement, he said:
In view of the fact that the
Indonesian Government has broken off diplomatic
relations with Malaysia without any apparent
reason,we have no choice but to do likewise and to
recall our Ambassador and the Embassy staff, and at
the same time to close down our consulate in Medan.
fact that the Federation has admitted new states does
not in any way change the status and identity of the
nation, and therefore no fresh recognition is
necessary, nor is it necessary to ask for fresh
accredition of diplomatic representatives in this
Government of the Philippines has asked that the
status of its embassy in Kuala Lumpur to be reduced
to that of a consulate.
proposal is not acceptable to the Malaysian
is, therefore, no choice for this Government but to
recall its Ambassador.
Thai Government has been approached to take charge of
Malaysian affairs in Indonesia and the Philippines.
The Permanent Secretary of External Affairs, Inche
Ghazali Shafie said: "When we heard through the
news agencies that neither Indonesia nor the
Philippines would 'recognise' Malaysia, we naturally
had to seek clarification.
"We have since been informed that Dr.
Subandrio (Indonesia Foreign Minister) yesterday told
Dato Kamaruddin (Malayan Ambassador in Jakarta) that
he had no status in Indonesia from Sept. 16.
"The Philippines Foreign Office informed the
Malayan Ambassador in Manila, Inche Zaiton Ibrahim,
that the Philippines was not prepared to 'recognise
Malaysia for the time being' and that the status of
the embassies should be reduced to the level of
"This proposal is not acceptable to the
In Singapore, The Philippines Consul-General, Mr
Juan C.Dionisio, said he was sorry at having to leave
the State so suddenly.
The Minister for Culture, Mr S.Rajaratnam, issued
this statement late tonight: "Insofar as the
Indonesians are taking steps to break Malaysia, or
oppose Malaysia, then we welcome any steps by the
Central Government to show that the people of
Singapore will not accept, supinely, hostile acts
against Malaysia, such as the burning down of the
"The PAP calls upon all true Malaysians to
show to foreign anti-Malaysia elements that they
stand united in the defence of the integrity and
independence of Malaysia.
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