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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 23. 23rd September 1973

Reply to Jack Silva

Reply to Jack Silva

Dear Sir,

The newly elected Committee of the Wellington Malaysia-Singapore Students' Association finds it utterly abhorent that Mr Jack De Silva, the Malaysian High Commissioner to New Zealand, should accuse Malaysian-students in New Zealand of being backed by a 'foreign power' and being subverted with communist propaganda. His statement being based on flimsy circumstantial evidence — not fact.

Mr De Silva must realise that this Association views his fallacious remarks as a serious form of intimidation of Malaysian students. Mr De Silva should in future, 'digest' his facts first before committing himself to such unfounded-cum-fanatic charges.

Further, at the Annual General Meeting of the Association on 15/9/73, the following motion was adopted by the 150 odd members present with only one dissent.

"That this Association deplores the actions of the High Commissioner of Malaysia in respect of his blatant intimidation of Malaysian students studying in New Zealand universities. Further, that the Association fully backs the VUW Students' Association stand relating to the activities of the said party."

In the interest of the Malaysian students represented by this Association, it is only proper that Mr De Silva withdraw or substantiate his statement immediately.

David Tan,

President Wellington Malaysia-Singapore Students Association.