The Straits Times, May 29,
POLITICAL leaders and observers throughout the
Federation today welcomed in principle Tunku Abdul
Rahman's plan for a South-East Asian alliance
embracing Malaya, Singapore, Brunei, Sarawak and
The Tunku said that Malaya could not stand alone
and in isolation. The plan was to bring the five
territories together -- with the support of Britain
-- closer together in political and economic
- Singapore, North
Borneo, Brunei and Sarawak should come in as
member states of the Federation of Malaya.
- The independent state
of Singapore and the proposed Federation of
North Borneo, including Brunei, should join
the Federation in a confederation of
|Observers said the reactions
of Britain, the controlling power in the
three North Borneo states and of Indonesia
should be a "most important factor"
in realising the plan.
If North Borneo and Sarawak welcomed the idea,
they would have to give a Malay character to the
federation plan now being discussed there by
accepting the Sultan of Brunei as the Head of State
of the three British North Borneo territories and a
common national language and education policy,
The Tengku himself had given many views on the
possibility of a merger between the Federation and
Singapore and between the Federation and Brunei.
But this was the first time he had spoken of a big
merger between five South-East Asian states.
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