Legislative Programme, CABINET. BROADCASTING AND TELEVISION. Mpmnr^ndum by the .. THE COBBOLD COMMISSION REPORT. () by the Commission of Enquiry in North Borneo and Sarawak Regarding the formation See also: The Malaysia, Report of the Inter-Governmental Committee, Report of obedient servant,⁠ COBBOLD. ⁠A Commission under the chairmanship of Lord Cobbold visited North Borneo and Sarawak between February and April, and its Report.

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The idea of a political association between Malaya, Singapore and the three Borneo territories of North Borneo, Sarawak and Brunei has been discussed many years. On the 27th May,the Prime Minister of the Federation of Malaya, Tunku Abdul Rahman, in a speech at a Press luncheon in Singapore, spoke favourably about the practical possibility of such an association.

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Tunku Abdul Rahman’s constructive proposals were welcomed by the British Government, and it was announced on the 13th October that he had accepted an invitation to come to London in November for discussions with the object of reaching an understanding on the broad issues and to prepare the way for consultation with the Borneo territories without which no commitment could be entered into. In the meantime, on the 23rd August,broad agreement had been reached in principle between the Prime Ministers of the Federation of Malaya and Singapore for a merger of the reort territories.

A Memorandum setting out Heads of Agreement for the proposed coommission was published as a Singapore White Paper [2] on the 15th November, The London discussions were held from the 20th—22nd November,and a Joint Statement by the British and Malayan Governments was issued on the 23rd November, The appointment of the Chairman and members of the Commission was announced by the British and Malayan Governments on the 16th January, Great Cobbopd interest had been amused by Tunku Abdul Rahman’s statement in May, and the Governments of North Borneo and Sarawak issued papers [6] explaining the purpose of the Commission and setting out the idea of Maiaysia in simple terms in order to repodt people to understand the issues on which their views would be sought.


There had been much discussion on the subject in the local Press which continued throughout our visit. replrt

The setting up of the Malaysia Solidarity Consultative Committee following a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Regional Conference in Singapore in July also resulted in useful unofficial exchanges of views between representatives from Malaya, Singapore, North Borneo and Sarawak including unofficials members of the Legislative Council and Council Negritogether with observers from Brunei.

The chairman and British members or the Commission met the Malayan members in Singaporean on the 18th February, and the whole Commission arrived at Kuching by air on the 19th February. We held our first full meeting same afternoon, and began hearings in Kuching on the following day. Prior to our arrivaI, the Governments of North Borneo and Sarawak had made preparatory arrangements for our travel and accommodation in the two territories.

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Our Secretary had also visited Kuching and Jesselton during the preceding week. All persons who wished to submit written memoranda to the Commission were invited to do so, In response to this commmission we received some 2, letters and mernoranrla nearly in Cobbood Bonteo and over 1, in Sarawak from town boards, district council, associations of many kinds, political parties, chambers of commerce, trade unions.

From these memoranda we obtained much valuable material and assistance. An open invitation to appear before the Commission was extended to all persons who wished to give oral evidence. We are glad to be able to record that full advantage was taken of this ocbbold and that as a result we were able to meet and talk with large numbers representative individuals and bodies, many of whom had submitted written memoranda which we were able to discuss with them.

The willingness of the public to come forward and stale their views quietly and responsibly was almost everywhere impressive and gratifying. Our itinerary Appendix A had been so planned that representatives from every District in each Territory had an opportunity to meet the Commission at selected District centres.


We thus held 50 hearings at 35 different centres 10 centres in Sarawak and 15 in North Borneo. Over 4, persons appeared before us in some groups which varied in size from 1 to over Most groups appointed one or more of their number to act as spokesman, and we took pains to ensure as far as possible that anyone else who wished to state a different view, or to contribute additional points, was given full opportunity to do so.

All our hearings were conducted in private. Assurances were given that evidence and memoranda submitted to us would be treated as confidential to the Commission; where views are attributed in this Report to particular organisations or bodies, they had already been made known in the Press by the organisations or bodies themselves.

During our tour we paid an informal courtesy call on His Highness the Sultan of Brunei, who graciously received us with his principal Ministers. Wikipedia articleWikidata item.

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