Government film showing elections in a village of resettled squatters.
The new villages are gradually mellowing. No longer prey to "hungry, ruthless communists" the people relax - children go to school, grandfathers enjoy a secure old age. Now that the villagers are settling down, they must run their own affairs. The old village committees have no legal standing, so new council elections are held. Any villager may stand, and all adults - including the women - have a vote. The latter part of the film covers the mechanics of the election, laying emphasis upon the integrity of the electoral process - sealed boxes, secret ballot, open counting of votes, etc - and the measures taken to ensure that illiterate voters can accurately select their candidates - picture identification and numbering of candidates, and attendant scouts to help, if necessary, with filling in the voting slips. The film provides instruction in how properly to mark a ballot paper. The votes counted, the victorious candidates are announced - the narrator notes that the government may appoint officials to represent racial minority interests. The council will use tax revenues to run public services, and ensure that the village school is as good as possible. "Malaya has made another great step forward."