MALAYA: The Tengku's Landslide

It is standard operating procedure in Southeast Asia for a nation to win independence, fall into economic and political chaos and, finally, take desperate refuge in military rule that is usually efficient and honest but still dictatorship. Last week, after two years of freedom, the Federation of Malaya was proving a happy democratic exception to the rule. In the independent nation's first general election, contending parties wooed the voters with posters, sound trucks, leaflets dropped from planes.

The leader of the heavily favored Alliance Party, Tengku (Prince) Abdul Rahman, 56, quit his...

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