This nationalistic political agenda was formulated by their former MDUleaders such as P.V Sharma, Eu Chooi Yip, Joseph K.M Tan, Lim Chan Yong andLim Kean Chye. Those formulations were enthusiastically accepted by James andhis supporters --- Abdullah Majid, Wan Sulaiman (both former editors of Malayanundergrad), Aminuddin Baki, President, the Federation of Peninsular MalayStudents, Syed Mahadza, a student councillor of UMSU and others such asGeorge, his brother, Sidney Woodhull, Jamit Singh, Beda Lim, Low Wah Lian,J.T Christie. To underscore their commitment, the Raffles College DebatingSociety organized a debate entitled " The Inter Marriage Between The DifferentRaces of Malaya Are Essential In Order To Produce True Malayans". James,Christie and Hedwig Aroozoo (Anuar) spoke fervently but lost the motion tothe East West Society by 77 to 94 votes. How many votes the same motion wouldattain in a crowd of 500 participants now, I wonder.The radicals in the Medical College as well as the Raffles College, strategicallydid not try to capture the top leadership of the student bodies but were successfulin controlling their propaganda organs- the UNDEGRAD, the MALAYANORCHID medical students mouth-piece, the COULDRON, the Debating Union'smagazine & the official organ of the Medial College Union magazine.These students lambasted the European academics, the University authoritiesfor their double standards. They also highlighted the undesirable featuresof campus life in the Undergrad "Fear stalks those who express opinions whichdo not find favour in the influential quarters. Apprehensions of this natureare very real and are no figment's imagination" (The undergrad, 18/1/1950). Theleft-wing students campaigned for better hostel conditions, University autonomy,student autonomy, freedom of expression, action, political clubs and even wanteda student political party called Malayan Students Party, as well as student seats inthe Student Welfare Board. The authorities threw out this demand.The radical student leaders & the University found themselves united on oneissue... to ban "ragging" which the general body of students overwhelminglyvoted for it at the general meeting on 9th May. 1950. The pro-ragging faction wasled by two conservative medical students-K.Kanagaratnam & Chee Phui Hung.The President, Geoffrey Leembruggen & Gen.Secretary James Puthuchearyopposed the motion & staged a walk-out. The meeting then passed a vote of noconfidence. Another debacle that annihilated the radicals was when the ABLgroup overplayed their hands by condemning, in a leaflet, the salary scales & theservice benefits between the European & the Asian civil servants. The SpecialBranch (now, the ISD) pounced on the group and detained them in Jan.1951. Theleaders, James Puthucheary, Abdullah Majid, Lim Chan Yong, Joseph Tan had thefirst taste of prison life.