• Short Summary

    When the King goes fishing in Malaya, it's a special type of fishing, forbidden by law to all but the Malayan royalty.

  • Description

    SV Sandbar
    2 1/2 ft

    SV Barge being towed
    5 1/2 ft

    SV Malays sitting among roots
    11 ft

    Malays pounding roots
    17 1/2 ft

    C/U roots pounded
    21 1/2 ft

    " " "
    25 ft

    M/S men walking on roots
    28 ft

    C/U feet on roots, hose on it
    31 1/2 ft

    M/S man, roots, pan to bottom of boat
    36 1/2 ft

    TV man bales poison; into canoe
    45 ft

    C/U poison into canoe
    51 1/2 ft

    L/S canoe away
    56 1/2 ft

    Royal launch arrives
    63 1/2 ft

    LS Several boats, poison baled out
    70 ft

    SV Royal barge Fish is caught
    79 1/2 ft

    SV Man standing, catches fish
    89 1/2 ft

    SV Man catches fish
    93 1/2 ft

    LV Man with spear catches fish at 111 1/2
    113 ft

    L/S general scene
    116 ft


    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: When the King goes fishing in Malaya, it's a special type of fishing, forbidden by law to all but the Malayan royalty. It's known as Tuba fishing, a process by which fish are poisoned to make them easier to catch. Recently the Paramount Ruler of Malaya visited Pahang State and a fish drive was ordered. A fish drive means plenty of the special poison used, and so scores of malays settled down to pound the tuba root from which the poison is extracted.

    One and a half tens of Tuba root were used in this drive, the pounding beginning at dusk and going on until midnight.

    After the pounding the poison is extracted with water, and the milky juice drains into the bottom of the barge.

    On the big day hundreds of canoes arrive on the scene; each one take a ration from the poison barge and moves off to take up position. The Pawang or magician takes command of the days activities; and then the Paramount Ruler for the signal and then, tuba poison is poured into the river.

    The first fish must by custom be taken by the magician a boat - until that has happened not even the Paramount Ruler can make a start.

    One the magician has his first catch safely on board everyone begins - even the ladies of the Court try their skill - not that much skill is required to catch these stupified victims of the Tuba poisoners of Pahang

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