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Thursday, 1 September 1960

Mr MENZIES (Kooyong) (Prime Minister, Minister for External Affairs and Acting Treasurer) . - I am sorry to have to inform the House that the Paramount Ruler of our sister Commonwealth country, Malaya, died this morning. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, as he was described as Paramount Ruler of Malaya, was formerly Sultan of Selangor and Deputy Paramount Ruler. He was elected Paramount Ruler on 14th April of this year by the rulers of the Malay States, following the death, on 1st April of this year, of the former Paramount Ruler, to whom we made reference at that time in this House. The Paramount Ruler was 62 years of age. 1 refer to this, Sir, with the belief that the members of this Parliament, as the Parliament of another Commonwealth country, would wish me to convey to the Government of Malaya our very deep sympathy in the loss of a man whom I met only once myself but who was obviously a man of great eminence in his own country. He was very greatly respected. His death will be a great loss to his country, the progress of which under self-government we have all watched with great sympathy and admiration.

We were represented, Sir, at the ceremonies marking the establishment of the Malayan Federation by a former GovernorGeneral of Australia, Sir William McKell, who, of course, played a very active and prominent part in the drafting of the constitution of this new Commonwealth Federation. Malaya is a country which I admire and we all admire very much. It is a marvellous example of self-government after a period of preparation for selfgovernment. It handles its own affairs today with great skill and with great friendliness to those who were formerly the colonial power and to all the rest of us. I am sure, Sir, that it would have the common approval of the House if I were to communicate to our friend, Tunku Abdul Rahman, the Prime Minister of that country, our genuine feeling of sympathy with his own country in this very great loss.

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