KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Sept. 23--Hanging an effigy of President Sukarno of Indonesia, 2000 cheering Malaysian students today demanded they be given military training to defend their young nation. Other groups, representing several hundred thousand Malayans, also expressed willingness to fight. At the same time, Indonesia formed a "crush-Malaysia action command."
The Malayan students' call for military training drew prompt answer from Mohammed Sopice, government information services director, who declared the government would give their demand urgent consideration. He praised the students for setting a good example for the rest of Malaysia, born a week ago by linking the former British colonies of Malaya, Singapore, Sarawak and Sabah (North Borneo).
Indonesia's "action command" was formed to coordinate demonstrations of hostility against Malaysia and see that valuable property is safeguarded. The group presumably will try to head off attacks on property owned by foreigners--such as last Wednesday's burning of the British embassy.