Right Hon. L. B. Pearson (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, it is my honour and my pleasure to welcome to our House of Commons Tunku Abdul Rahman, the prime minister of Malaysia, together with two members of his government, the ambassador in Washington, minister without portfolio, and the minister of information and broadcasting, and other members of their party. The prime minister was last here in 1960 as the prime minister of Malaya. We now welcome him as the prime minister of Malaysia, the federation of Malaya, Singapore, Sarawak and Sabah. This imaginative concept was largely his. Indeed, I believe he can consider himself as the major founder of the new federation. Under his leadership the peoples of Malaysia have been brought closer together in freedom, democracy and greater human welfare.
Today, Mr. Speaker, as we know, they are resisting political, economic and indeed military pressure from outside; pressure dedicated to their destruction. In the words of the communique of the recent commonwealth prime ministers' conference in London, we give the prime minister and his people the assurance of our sympathy and, perhaps what is more important, our support in their resistance to this kind of aggression. We are happy indeed that Malaysia is in the commonwealth of nations. We are proud to be associated with her in that great association that spans the world. Our two countries have always enjoyed friendly relations, and these relations will be even closer as a result of this visit which, though very short, will I hope be a happy and fruitful one.
Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Leader of the
Opposition): Mr. Speaker, from time to time there are instances in the house of complete agreement. This is one of those occasions. I join with the Prime Minister in welcoming the prime minister of Malaysia, Tunku Rahman, an outstanding statesman, a wise counsellor and one who, by reason of his
membership in the British bar, has applied the principles of the rule of law and parliamentary government in his country. His enlightened leadership deserves the commendation of all who cherish freedom.
The Prime Minister has said in effect that throughout his life the Tunku has been in the front line of freedom. No one among the leaders of the various countries of the world has been a more dedicated fighter in the cause of freedom against communists. The Prime Minister has said in effect that the Tunku was the architect of unity in his country. He has now become the father of Malaysia, dedicated to the commonwealth. He was present at those prime ministers' conferences of 1960 and 1961 when we laid the foundations of non-discrimination on the basis of colour, race or creed within this commonwealth, consummated as were those concepts at the last meeting of the prime ministers.
The eyes of Asia are upon the Federation of Malaysia. The state of Malaya, as it was, was subject to a ceaseless barrage of propaganda, infiltration and subversion from red China. Against such activities, under his sterling stand for freedom Malaya was triumphant. Today, as the Prime Minister says, the federation faces other challenges; indeed, faces survival from overt aggression.
I was glad when the prime ministers' conference came out not only with words of sympathy but of promised support for Malaysia. Experience has shown that sympathy or moral support is not much of a rampart against aggression. Anything that the government of Canada may do, already having given certain undertakings for the training of forces within our country, the provision of technicians and also, I would say, additional credit for other requirements by Malaysia, will receive the support of the Canadian people as a whole.
I join with the Prime Minister in his words of official welcome. I join too as one who is honoured to number the Tunku among his friends. I visited Malaya; I visited Singapore. In both those places I received that reception that is characteristic of the commonwealth. Today in giving this welcome to a great leader in the commonwealth, a
world leader, we honour ourselves while purporting to honour him.