Monday, May 25, 2009

Reminiscing The Past: "Tunku Yes, Sukarno No"

Hantu Laut

For the next few days I will be posting various articles from the archives of Times and Newsweek magazines on Malaysia. 

The first article is from 'Times" archives below.

"Tunku Yes, Sukarno No"
Friday, Sep. 06, 1963
In steamy, palm-shaded Kuching, capital of Sarawak, the day's biggest excitement is the firing of the 8 p.m. cannon on the lawn of government house. "What a dull place," said a United Nations official. "I don't know how we're going to survive three weeks here." At the insistence of Indonesia's President Sukarno, an eight-member U.N. team is present to "ascertain" whether Sarawak and North Borneo really want to join the Federation of Malaysia, which Sukarno bitterly opposes. As the U.N. ascertainers began to sample opinions around Sarawak, they were nearly stoned, not bored, to death.

In the Chinese-dominated town of Sibu, the Red-infiltrated Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) staged a demonstration that turned into a 90-minute, stone-throwing riot. Only after police fired warning shots to disperse the mob could the U.N. team sit down —amidst broken glass in a Methodist schoolhouse—to interview local councilors. In Miri, Sarawak's oil-refining center, 3,000 Chinese-SUPPorted youths, wielding stones and bottles, screamed anti-Malaysia slogans until the police opened fire, wounding two, and tear gas forced them to scatter.

Date Set. Such outbursts will slightly delay but not derail the formation of Malaysia, originally scheduled for Aug. 31. In last summer's general elections, voters in both Sarawak and North Borneo decisively defeated anti-federation parties. Although Indonesia's shadow looms large, the Borneo people know they have nothing to gain from Djakarta but economic chaos and demagoguery. Malayan Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman and British Colonial Secretary Duncan Sandys, who hastily flew to the scene, last week set Sept. 16 as the new birth date for the federation —two days after the U.N. mission's findings will be made public. Both are sure that the U.N. will find a clear majority in favor of Malaysia, but they insist that the federation will come into being regardless of the report. The British last week also turned over internal self-government to Borneo and Sarawak.

In a wrangle over details with the British, Indonesia failed to send observers to the U.N. mission, thus giving Sukarno an excuse to question the U.N. findings later. But faced with British determination to defend Malaysia by force, if necessary, Sukarno said: "If the Borneo peoples agree to join Malaysia, we will have to bow our heads and obey." But, added Sukarno, in an unbowed postscript: "Indonesia maintains its opposition to Malaysia."

Book Learning. An Indonesian guerrilla campaign against Borneo and Sarawak may well continue, since Djakarta always needs a foreign diversion to draw attention from domestic difficulties. In Indonesian Borneo, which adjoins Sarawak, Sukarno has set up guerrilla camps along 200 miles of border, and is training 1,000 Red-lining Chinese from Sarawak, following the guidelines of Indonesian Defense Minister General Abdul Haris Nasution, an expert on guerrilla warfare who has written his own book on the subject. Bands of his guerrillas pushed across the border to raid Dyak villages, clashed with patrols of British-led Gurkhas and Sarawak police. In a fire fight ten miles inside Sarawak, the Indonesians killed a British lieutenant and wounded several Gurkhas before being routed with heavy losses. Meanwhile, British officers are studying Nasution's book for clues to stop further Indonesian incursions.

So far, Indonesian terrorist attacks have only served to create a surge of pro-Malaysia feeling in Borneo and Sarawak. Almost nightly, the Indonesian embassy in North Borneo is plastered with slogans reading "Tunku Yes, Sukarno No." Although his people stopped head-hunting years ago, one Dyak chief told the U.N. fact finders that "if any more Indonesian bandits come into our territory, they may lose their heads."

Source: Times Magazine

1 comment: said...

Sukarno adalah merupan president pertama Indonesia. Dia adalah salah seorang yang memulakan rancangan jahat "Ganyang Malaysia". Sungguh memalukan bila Indonesia telah kalah. Sukarno dikatakan telah mati ditembak. Dia ialah Hitler Asia Tenggara. Dia bercita-cita menakluk seluruh Asia Tenggara.

Indonesia negara penjajah yang tamak
Indonesia kononnya mendapat kemerdekaan melalui peperangan dengan Belanda setelah Jepun kalah perang dunia kedua. Indonesia pernah menjajah melalui peperangan Aceh, Maluku, Papua (Irian Jaya) dan Ambon. Ia adalah negara yang tamak. Terdapat kemungkinan mereka ini ingin menjajah Brunai. Ia juga pernah menjalankan program "Ganyang Malaysia" malangnya mereka telah kalah. Sungguh memalukan. Mereka menakluk Timur Timor sebaik sahaja Timur Timor mendapat kemerdekaan daripada Portugal. Sebenarnya Indon ni takut perang dengan Portugal yang peralatan perangnya mencukupi tetapi hanya mahu berperang dengan negara miskin yang baru merdeka. Pengecut !!! Setelah krisis ekonomi Indonesia menjadi papa kedana dan akibat tekanan antarabangsa mereka terpaksa melepaskan Timur Timor. Kalah dan malu mereka ini.