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Salient.The Newspaper of Victoria University College. Vol. 19, No. 4. April 6, 1955

Purpose of Troops

Purpose of Troops

If it is useless for England to try and hold Malaya, then there is even leas reason for New Zealand to assist her. We are more vitally concerned in Asian politics. Nothing annoys the Asian Nationalities more than the Western World trying to fight their battles in Asia; we can at the most expect an attitude of neutrality in South East Asia in the event of world conflict, but the presence of New Zealanders fighting in Malays can only have the effect of antagonising Asians towards New Zealand. When will Western politicians realise that Asians are naturally enough jealous of their new found national-ism and will not tolerate Interference from outside countries? Has the New Zealand Government been duped into sending troops into Malaya with the thought that they are preventing the spread of Asiatic Communist dominance to New Zealand? I have endeavoured to point out that I consider that they are doing the opposite.