Excerpts from the South China Morning Post this week in 1963 The day-old Federation of Malaysia severed diplomatic relations with Indonesia and the Philippines, soon after Malaysian demonstrators stoned the Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur and burned part of it. The tit-for-tat demonstrations followed attacks by Indonesians the previous day on former Malayan missions in Djakarta (Jakarta), north Sumatra and also the British embassy in Djakarta. The break followed an Indonesian announcement that it would not recognise Malaysia - the union of Malaya, Singapore, British North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak - and a statement from the Philippines that it was withholding recognition. Malaysia's decision to sever diplomatic relations with the Philippines caught senior Foreign Office officials in Manila by surprise. A spokesman for the Foreign Office said the Philippines had hoped Malaysia would be willing to continue to maintain consular-level diplomatic relations until such time as Malaysia was formally recognised by the Philippines. The following day thousands of screaming Indonesians raided the British embassy in Djakarta, set it on fire and terrorised staff for two hours. The out-of-control mob looted the inside of the building, moving from floor to floor, hurling furniture and other equipment out of windows. As the violence escalated, Britain and Australia launched a major airlift to get their nationals out of Indonesia. The evacuation followed violent anti-British demonstrations, including the burning of the British embassy by anti-Malaysian mobs in Djakarta over three days. In Singapore, the People's Action Party government, led by Lee Kuan Yew, was returned to power in state elections. The PAP won an absolute chamber majority, gaining 26 seats in the 51-member Legislative Assembly. After the polls of 44 seats had been declared, the PAP had won 30, the Barisan Socialis 13 and the United People's Party one. Notable in the early results was the apparent annihilation of the right-wing Alliance Party - the Singapore branch of the party, which formed the Malayan government under the leadership of Tengku Abdul Rahman. The Soviet Union claimed that Chinese troops and civilians had 'systematically violated the Soviet border since 1960' and even tried 'in the most flagrant manner to appropriate individual sections of Soviet territory'. The Soviet government statement alleged there had been 5,000 border violations in 1962. It also warned China it would receive 'a decisive rebuff' if it continued what it termed hostile activities against the Soviet Union and 'it would be a very great mistake for the Chinese leaders to falsely interpret our goodwill'. Russia accused China of treachery and hypocrisy and of trying to split world communism over the nuclear test ban issue. The Soviet statement rejected Chinese criticism of the partial nuclear test ban treaty and said China opposed the pact because it wanted to get the atomic bomb 'at any price'. The maintenance of a garrison in Hong Kong was essential as a military deterrent, as well as being politically important, according to Denis Healey, defence spokesman for the British Labour Party's shadow cabinet. Speaking in Hong Kong, he said that in the atomic age, any conflict could develop into nuclear war. Sammy Davis Jnr, one of America's most famous entertainers, flew into Hong Kong for shows and promised to go on a spending spree and 'buy and buy until all my money runs out'. He said his friend Frank Sinatra had given him the names and addresses of a number of Hong Kong tailors and shops. Asked why he had not come to Hong Kong before, he said: 'Because no one ever asked me.' Mooncakes for the Mid-Autumn Festival were selling at $8 for a box of four cakes, about the same as the previous year, despite increases in the price of sugar and ingredients such as lotus seed. In 1962, sales of mooncakes were estimated at $10 million, including $2 million for export.