In Kuala Lumpur history was made when the United Kingdom committed itself to the defence of Malaya against aggression from external sources.
L.V. Arrival of British High Commissioner, Mr. George William Tory at Prime Minister's Residence.
S.V. Prime Minister, TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN and Mr. Tory enter Conference Room.
C.U. Heading of Mutual Defence Pact.
M.S. Tunku and Mr. Tory signing.
C.U. The Tunku's signature.
M.S. Tunku Abdul Raman and Mr. Tory exchange documents.
C.U. Mr. Tory.
M.S. Prime Minister and Mr. Tory shaking hands after signing.
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Background: In Kuala Lumpur history was made when the United Kingdom committed itself to the defence of Malaya against aggression from external sources.
In a simple yet withal impressive ceremony the mutual defence treaty was signed by Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Raman and Britain's High Commissioner, Mr George William Tory.
The only witnesses to the ceremony were two aides of the signatories and a dozen or so reporters and photographers.
The signing took just four minutes. "Today history is made", declared Tunku Rahman in a statement to the press afterwards. "Friendship between the two countries will continue for a long time", he added. The Prime Minister stressed that the treaty was for the "well-being of the country and I am glad the whole country has accepted it through a unanimous vote of the Legislative Council".
Mr Tory was asked by Tunku Rahman to make a short statement. The High Commissioner said: "I can add nothing much to what you have said, Sir. It is a great honour for me to sign this treaty on behalf of Great Britain. I would like to assure the people of Malaya that the treaty was freely negotiated in an atmosphere of understanding and goodwill - goodwill on both sides that made today's signing possible".