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MAY 13, 1963 


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v^over: Murals of the Malayan way of life will decorate the facade of the two= 
story Malayan Pavilion. An illuminated pool at the entrance will display the flass of the 
Federation. Paul Leung of Kuala Lumpur/ and H. Dickson McKenna of Tippetts=Abbett= 
McCarthy=Stratton of New York, designed the building. 

11963 New York Worlds Foir 1964-1965 Corporation 

Excerpts from transcription of remarks made by 
His Excellency Dato Ong Yoke Lin and officials 
of the World's Fair at groundbreaking cere- 
monies for /be Pavilion of the Federation of 
Malaya. New York World's Fair, Monday, May 

n. 1963. 


[Chief of Protocol]: Your Excellency, Mr. Constable, 
ladies and gentlemen. This is a happy and very important 
occasion — our coming together to witness this breaking 
of the ground from which will rise the beautiful Pavilion 
of the Federation of Malaya. 

Our first speaker, after a career as an advertising execu- 
tive in London and New York, was one of the first to 
join the International Division of the New York World's 
Fair, and he has been responsible for coordinating the 
participation of the Federation of Malaya. It is a great 
pleasure for me to present Mr. Douglas Beaton. 

MR. DOUGLAS BEATON [International Affairs and 
Exhibits]: Thank you, Ambassador Patterson. Your Ex- 
cellency, Mr. Constable, ladies and gentlemen. Governor 
Poletti is today in Rome and he has asked me to convey- 

to Ambassador Ong his gratitude for all of the work and 
effort that Ambassador Ong has put in in reaching his 
goal — getting a pavilion for Malaya at the Fair. Almost 
eighteen months ago Ambassador Ong came to the Fair 
and declared that he was determined that Malaya should 
be represented here ; and here we are today at the ground- 
breaking ceremony. 

We're all looking forward to what Malaya is going to 
show in what will be one of the most attractive pavilions 
at the Fair. I want to thank Mr. Ismail and Mr. Choong 
for their efforts on behalf of this pavilion. I want to con- 
gratulate Dickson McKenna for his work and the plans 
for this pavilion, and Tippetts-Abbett-McCarthy-Stratton 
and the Fortunato Construction Company. All we want 
now is for the pavilion to be built so we can go in and 
eat sathay and gulamalaka on April 22nd next year. Thank 
you very much. 

Beaton. Our next speaker is a graduate of both Ohio State 
and Ohio University. He has been honored by colleges 
and institutions throughout America. He's had a long and 
distinguished career in public service for the City of 
New York, first as chief designer and executive officer 
of the Department of Parks, and later as Acting Com- 
missioner in the Art and Planning Commissions. He's 
been consultant to many, many organizations, including 
the New York State Power Authority, and in 1945 he 

won the Brooklyn War Memorial Competition. I am 
honored and pleased to give you Mr. Stuart Constable, 
vice president in charge of Operations at the Fair. 

MR. STUART CONSTABLE: Mr. Patterson, Your 
Excellency, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. 
May I extend to you, on behalf of the president and 
officers of the New York World's Fair, a most cordial 
welcome. On this ground will rise the pavilion which will 
depict the colorful history and economy of a nation which, 
though comparatively young (and now I quote the words 
of our president) "... is the best hope of security in 
Southeast Asia." Yours, Mr. Ambassador, is a country of 
freedom-loving people, and here at Flushing Meadow you 
have the opportunity to compete in an atmosphere of 
friendship and good will for the good opinion of the 
world. The success of enterprises such as this cannot be 
accomplished without the generous contribution of time 
and effort of people such as yourself. As a token of appre- 
ciation on behalf of the president and officers of the Fair, 
I have the honor to present to Your Excellency the 
World's Fair medallion. 

AMBASSADOR PATTERSON: Ladies and gentle- 
men, our next speaker is our guest of honor. After an 
unusually distinguished and successful career — elected 
to the Federal Legislative Council in the first national elec- 
tion of the Federation of Malaya — in 1959 he was elected 
to the first Malayan Parliament. He is a co-founder of the 

Alliance Party and has served as vice president of the 
Malayan-Chinese Association. Before his appointment to 
the United States in 1962 he held several important Cabi- 
net posts, and was elected a member of the National 
Executive Committee and of the National Council of the 
Alliance Parry. It is a great honor for me to present His 
Excellency Dato Ong Yoke Lin, Ambassador to the United 
States and Permanent Representative of his country to the 
United Nations. Ambassador Ong. 

BASSADOR OF MALAYA: Ambassador Patterson, Mr. 
Constable, Mr. Beaton, ladies and gentlemen. I'd like to 
begin by thanking Mr. Constable and Mr. Patterson for 
their very kind words about me and my country. My gov- 
ernment is happy to be able to participate in this New 
York World's Fair. It will provide us with a unique op- 
portunity for making ourselves better known to the world, 
and at the same time we shall learn more about other 

It is important for all of us to know how dependent 
we are today upon each other in our daily lives. I under- 
stand the basic purpose of the Fair is to illustrate this 
point. The Government of the Federation of Malaya sub- 
scribes fully to this idea for we believe that new apprecia- 
tion of it will go a long way towards achieving world 
peace and understanding. Malaya's participation is rather 
modest when compared with some of the others, but we 
believe our exhibit will adequately and effectively serve 

As a gift of the Malayan peoples, a beautiful 
Malayan silver bowl in the shape of a rose was 

presented to the Fair by His Excellency 
Dato Ong Yoke Lin, Ambassador of Malaya. 

Joining in the excavation of the Malayan 

Pavilion are: (standing) Mr. Stuart Constable, 

vice president in charge of Operations at the Fair; 

Mr. Ismail bin Ah??iad. Second Secretary 

of the Embassy of the Federation of Malaya; 

Mr. Choong Kok-Swee, Counselor of 

Information of the Embassy of the Federation 

of Malaya; and Mr. Douglas Beaton, International 

Division of the Fair. In the driver's seat of 

the bulldozer is His Excellency Dato Ong Yoke Lin, 

Ambassador of Malaya to the United States. 

the purpose of portraying our young nation to the world. 

As regards exhibits, our central theme, of course, has 
been the production of a faithful image of our nation. 
This will not be an easy task since we have to portray our 
past, our present and our plans for tomorrow. When the 
Fair opens you will see this reflected in the Malayan 
Pavilion. Particularly interesting will be exhibits por- 
traying rural development in Malaya today. These efforts 
are aimed at raising the standards of living in our rural 
areas. Our rural development plan was started in 1961 
and represents a major undertaking by the government ; 
it is the central theme of our second 5-year development 

In addition to this there is, of course, a whole range of 
other exhibits promising equal interest to visitors; these 
will include cultural, industrial and commercial exhibits. 
I must particularly menrion the restaurant in the pavilion 
where the most authentic Malayan food and drinks will be 
served; I am sure visitors will find these both delicious 
and exotic. 

Before concluding my remarks, Mr. Constable, I would 
like to present to the Fair Corporation a silver bowl — an 
example of our handicraft — as a gift from Malaya to 
mark this very happy occasion. And finally, I would very 
much like to thank the executives of the Fair, for their 
very ready assistance and cooperation, which I am sure will 
continue throughout the period of the Fair. May I wish 
the New York World's Fair every success. Thank you. 


HIS EXCELLENCY DATO ONG YOKE LIN, Ambassador of Malaya to the United States 
PAUL LEUNG, Architect, Kuala Lumpur 

CROOKS, MICHELL & PEABODY, Consulting Engineers, Kuala Lumpur 
TIPPETTS-ABBETT-McCARTHY-STRATTON, Engineers & Architects, New York 

Flushing 52, N.Y. Tel. 212-WF 4-1964 

ROBERT MOSES, President 

THOMAS J. DEEGAN, JR., Chairman of the Executive Committee 

WILLIAM E. POTTER, Executive Vice President 

CHARLES POLETTI, Vice President, International Affairs and Exhibits 

STUART CONSTABLE, Vice President Operations 

WILLIAM BERNS, Vice President, Communications and Public Relations 

ERWIN WITT, Comptroller 

MARTIN STONE, Director of Industrial Section 

GUY F. TOZZOLI, (Port of New York Authority) Transportation Section 

ERNESTINE R. HAIG, Secretary of the Corporation and 
Assistant to the President 

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WILLIAM WHIPPLE, JR., Chief Engineer