MALAYA: Hold That Line

The two-year-old Federation of Malaya is a nation in which the Malays have most of the numbers, the Chinese most of the money. It can exist only if the twain can meet. Thanks largely to the foresighted leadership of Tengku (Prince) Abdul Rahman, a wealthy, Cambridge-educated Moslem prince, peaceful and prosperous Malaya is run by a coalition Alliance Party, which has established a tenuous racial harmony among Malaya's 6,500,000 polyglot population.

Last week the ties that for seven years have bound the Alliance—Malays, the self-sufficient and aloof Chinese, and the Indians—began to fray....

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