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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 25. 3rd October 1973

In Support of MSSA

In Support of MSSA

Dear Editors,

As a Malaysian student I would like to express my heartiest congratulations to David Tan, the President of MSSA and its members who stood up courageously to condemn De Silva's blatant intimidation of Malaysia students. 'The association finds it utterly abhorrant that the Malaysian High Commission should accuse Malaysian students in NZ of being backed by a 'foreign power' and being subverted with communist propaganda. His statement being based on flimsy circumstantial evidence — no fact.'

Regarding the statement by the Otago Chinese Language Club on 'clarification on subversion claims': The total cost of staging the concert which came to about $3000, was almost covered by revennue from ticket sales of $2000 at $1 each and the subsidy promised by NZ Students Arts Council; I just learnt that VUW Student Association and the NZ Students Art Council have donated $600 to the club. This is ample proof that they are not financially supported by any foreign power as De Silva has blindly claimed.

All of us are aware that all Malaysian students deplore the unreasonable allegations of De Silva except a few of his running dogs who bark just to please their master.

As a righteous person I think that whatever is wrong whoever is the government and wherever he may be, he will stand up without any hesitation to condemn the wrong and uphold the right.


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