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Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Vol. 32, No. 22 September 17, 1969



It is now clear that under the guise of upholding the principle of justice and equality against the alleged discrimination and racialism in Malaysia and partciularly among the Malaysian students here Salient , either consciously or unconsciously, has been misleading public opinion by misrepresenting or distorting facts about the real situation in Malaysia.

It has been widely published in New Zealand Press and Salient about the Malays students advocating racial war and Apartheid policy against the Chinese, which, as was reported in Salient 20. eventually proved to be unfounded because only a handful of extremists were actually involved.

But damage has already been done because of the reaction by certain group of Malaysians. Public indoctrination has been going on for a very long time in the university newspapers to make a scapegoat of the Malaysian Students' Association in campaigning against the Malaysian Students' Association in campaigning against the Malaysian Government.

For those of you who have been to Malaysia would realise that a vast majority of Malaysians, like New Zealanders. are sane and tolerant peoples. Only a handful are ertremists who are not conned to a particular race only hut from diverse origins.

Salient should be more impartial and positive in reporting various events because it can create a great deal of sensationalism by overemphasising minor events which can make a lot of damage to the relationship between peoples.

We regret that certain individuals have either been terribly misled by certain elements by using unfounded or minor events to prolong a state of tension among the Malaysians as if to show that they are really conscientious about the problem which they know very little about.

Speaking on behalf of a great number of Malaysian students in Wellington, we feel that Salient has put too much emphasis on essentially Malaysian affairs which are of little interest to a vast majority of the students' population here. And we would like that in the future Salient could change Its emphasis as regard to the Malaysian Students' affairs.

James Entika

Secretary, Malaysian Students' Association.