Malaysia says that it will ship seventy thousand Vietnamese refugees back into international waters and will shoot on sight any "boat people" entering its waters.
CU Sir Murray Maclehouse, governor of Hong Kong speaking in english with scenes of refugees overlaid
MACLEHOUSE: "The Vietnamese are coming now at the rate of about a thousand a day. They're coming for the most part in small wooden boats. They have followed a set procedure in leaving Vietnam. They've had to pay fifteen, fifteen "tails" of gold, that to say about tow thousand, five hundred pounds. (sterling) per head and children half-price. And this allows them to leave Vietnamese waters without being shot-up by Vietnamese warships. They're packed into boats as tight as they will go. You're heard of the Sibonga; the boat that she picked up was fitted out like a slave ship with small shelves into which human bodies could be packed, which there wasn't even room to sit up in. And by the time all the passengers had been shoved in and the boat started to move out, the vietnam warship moved up along-side and said they had thirty more people that they wanted to put on board. The captain said there .... was no room. The hip was inspected they found a lot of drums of waste. They said take it out and make room for these additional passengers. Of course when the Sibonga picked these people up they were at their last gasp. Now, that's a boat that we knew about, because it happened to run into a ship. Of course what one doesn't know about is the all the ones that simply sank without any-one knowing anything about it at all. And there are various estimates that fifty percent casualties doesn't seem to me to be in anyway an exaggeration."
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Background: Malaysia says that it will ship seventy thousand Vietnamese refugees back into international waters and will shoot on sight any "boat people" entering its waters. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Mahathir Mohammad said on Friday (June 15) that the deportation of refugees would begin immediately and would continue as fast as boats could be built to carry them. The Deputy Premier said that being human had not paid off for his government. Meanwhile the governor of Hong Kong was summoned to London for talks on Thursday (June 14) with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher about the refugee situation. Sir Murray Maclehouse met reporters in London on Friday (June 15.)