HC Deb 04 March 1953 vol 512 c382
30. Mr. G. Longden

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps have been taken to develop community feeling in the new villages in Malaya; with what effect; and how far the villagers are now actively co-operating with the Government.

Mr. Lyttelton

There have for some time been village committees but these are now being replaced by elected local councils with powers to finance and run local services. Schools and community halls have been provided. Home Guard units are being raised from volunteers in every village. Civic courses are attended by village leaders; sport and other local activities are encouraged. These measures have met with considerable success, and I am glad to say that in the great majority of the new villages community feeling and loyalty are growing and real co-operation with the Government is increasingly manifest.

Mr. Longden

Will my right hon. Friend note that his replies to the last three Questions will give very great satisfaction to everyone who has the interests of Malaya at heart?