§ Sir E. Graham-Little
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies on whose authority a detachment of the Sarawak Constabulary toured the native quarters of Kuching on the eve of the new Governor's arrival in Sarawak, intimidating members of the native population and tearing down posters expressing opposition to the cession; and if he is aware that members of the Sarawak Constabulary, when questioned, replied that they were carrying out official instructions.
Mr. Creech Jones
The Governor of Sarawak recently reported an allegation that, during a halt on a routine training march through the Malay residential area of Kuching on 2nd November, certain members of the Sarawak Constabulary entered the garden of a house belonging to the President of the Malay National Union and tore down certain anti-cession posters exhibited there. The Governor stated he had ordered an inquiry to be held and that, if the facts alleged were proven, disciplinary action would be taken against the constables concerned. Subsequently the Governor reported that a full inquiry had shown there was no doubt that some trespassing was committed by members of the constabulary, and that posters had been torn down and damaged. As the complainant was unable to identify any particular person or persons, no prosecution or direct disciplinary action was possible, but a general reprimand was being administered to all concerned. It was made quite clear to the complainant that the Sarawak Government take a very serious view of action of this kind, and that steps had been taken to prevent a recurrence.