National Geographic : 1953 Feb
188 Mosquelike Government Buildings Reflect Islam's Influence in Malaya Union Jack and Selangor State flags fly from balconies in Jalan Raja Street, Kuala Lumpur (opposite page). Sir Frank Swettenham, who held many high posts in British Malaya, stands in bronze at left. His statue, removed during the Japanese occupation, was re-erected in 1946, when he died at 96 years. There's a curfew here at night for pedestrians and cyclists, but not autos. Evenings are long and lonely, so occasionally I get my guns, roll up the steel windows of my armored car, and go visiting. Can't let the terrorists inter fere with my social life." A Missing Gong Means Danger Darkness, enveloping Tuan Mee, under scored its utter loneliness. The jungle, black and wall-like, seemed to move closer. Flood lights, switching on around the clearing, held it at bay. Stars twinkled above; gongs sounded by guards broke the deep silence into half-hour intervals. "They sound all night," Harold said. "If they missed a turn, I'd wake right up." We retreated to the bungalow's cheery up stairs living room. For comfort Jim and Harold donned sarongs. "Like music?" our host inquired. "It's my chief pleasure. Don't know what I'd do with out my gramophone." Far into the tropical night we listened and talked-listened to music that ranged from Bach and Beethoven to the latest numbers on America's Hit Parade. Harold tossed me a post card. "From my young son," he said. "Arrived today." A cartoon showed comic characters in a badly battered automobile. "Having a smash ing time," it said. Beneath the printing a childish hand had added, "Your car shot up." Shortly after dawn we rose and visited the "lines"-living quarters of the rubber tappers. A crowd of men, women, and children, mostly Tamil Indians, waited with pails inside the settlement's barbed wire. At 6:30 they rushed out, scattering in all directions.