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Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Volume 31, No. 24. October 1, 1968

No pressure on students

No pressure on students

Sir—We would like on behalf of our sympathisers to clarify few distorted facts concerning the formation of the Malaysian Student Association which appeared in the 'Evening Post' dated 12th Sept, and in the recent issue of the Salient.

1. We strongly denied that we have been 'dictated' to or 'ressed' by our Government to form the association. For the sake of information the Malaysian Student's Association had previously existed (1963-1965) which incorporated the student's associations of the countries forming the Federation of Malaysia. This was dissolved immediately after Singapore's separation in order to include the name of Singapore (M.S.S.A.). This move was not without strong opposition by some Malaysian students, few of whom are still at this institution. Hence the idea did not originate from the Government, but at the wish of our students.

We feel that the formation of M.S.A. is necessary for although it is to be basically a social Assn., we hope also that it will help to promote the idea of our national identity and to foster the spirit of co-operation among fellow Malaysians which is lacking under tthe present Assn. (M.S.S.A.).

The suggestion of 'blackmail' because the Malaysinn Government promise to direct its financial aid through the M.S.A. is utterly false and mischievous. We consider that it is only an appropriate measure for the Government to do so. If it is satisfied that the M.S.A. is a proper body through which to channel its aid then we certainly welcome it.

2. The M.S.A. is a voluntary Association. Malaysians can join as full members and those Singapore students who consider themselves as Malaysians, otherwise other students of interested members can join as associate members. Therefore there is absolutely no basis for some students to fear that they will be 'prejudices' or that certain action will be taken against those who do not wish to join. This is an unfair criticism against our Government.

3. Finally we would like to reiterate that we strongly denied any notion of forming n 'pure Malay Association'. This sort of suggestion is highly prejudicial to all Malaysians. Such an idea is completely unfounded and contrary to the aim of the Association and the ideal of our multiracial society. We consider that it is for the benefit of all Malaysians and every other student to join us if they so desire.

Yours faithfully,

James Entika.

Ibrahim Keling.