From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1959 Under the headlines 'West Germany rejects Soviet Plan' (May 20) and 'New move to break deadlock: Secret and intimate talks planned' (May 21), talks were under way over a peace-treaty plan for the reunification of Germany. Dr Wilhelm Grewe, West German representative at the Geneva conference, condemned the Soviets' draft and pledged his full support for the Western plan. Dr Grewe said West Germany could not sit down to talks with East Germany as urged by Russia as long as the East continued to abuse and slander it. The Soviet treaty would establish three independent states on German soil - West Germany, East Germany and the 'free city' of West Berlin. Under the treaty, practically all existing West German political parties could be banned as the Russians could claim they were revisionist. 'There would then exist in West Germany only the Communist Party, which, according to the Soviet draft, should be legalised again,' he told the foreign ministers' meeting, which included the Big Four of France, the Soviet Union, the US and Britain. Dr Grewe appealed for a peace treaty freely negotiated by a government authorised by the entire German people. It was scarcely possible to maintain that the young generation in Germany bore responsibility for the war, he said. All Germans who were today 35 or younger were under-age during the Hitler regime. Mr Andrei Gromyko, the Soviet foreign minister, suggested that the East-West dispute over Berlin might be settled with an agreement to send neutral troops into West Berlin. US Secretary of State Christian Herter branded Russia's draft as a proposal for the permanent division of Germany. Conference sources said Mr Herter's denunciation came after he pressed privately for secret and intimate talks to open genuine bargaining over Berlin and Germany. He also gave another review of the West's peace plan, which offered Russia global troop cuts and security in Europe in exchange for a new Berlin deal and reunification of Germany. Mr Herter also said Russia's plan would mean keeping Germany divided and condemning 17 million Germans in the Soviet zone to living under Communist rule. Earlier indications were that the Big Four conference, in which East and West are deadlocked on rival plans for Germany and Berlin, may soon start secret bargaining. Mr Herter had invited the two other Western foreign ministers and Mr Gromyko to his villa for dinner. It was hoped genuine horse-trading would be done without the hordes of diplomats and interpreters in attendance. In other big news this week in the region, Tengku Abdul Rahman's multiracial Alliance Party has won all 36 seats in the new state assemblies of Kedah and Perlis, near the border with Thailand. It was the first Malayan elections since 1955 and confirmed the popularity of the government, which gained independence for Malaya in 1957. Further landslide victories are expected in the remaining nine Malayan state polls. A major factor was the heavy turnout of Chinese, whose traditional political reluctance was overcome by the prospect of victory for the conservative Pan-Malayan Islamic Party, which advocates rule on strict Islamic principles. Dr Cheoh Toon Lock, who scored the government's most dramatic win, was battling in a Malay constituency against Malay opponents. He was returned with a 5,789 majority. Official figures showed that 81 per cent of the Kedah and Perlis electorates voted. The Alliance took 71 per cent of the votes in Kedah compared with the Islamic Party's 24 per cent. In Perlis, it was 64 per cent to 32 per cent, respectively. In the two months of campaigning the former premier stood firm against the Islamic Party's demand for extreme rights for the Malay race and more Islam in the government. 'God is great. My prayers have been answered. I hope the Kedah and Perlis victories will be the forerunner to similar sweeps in other state and federal elections,' Mr Tengku said.