PATRIOTS & PRETENDERS OF THE EMERGENCY

By Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser, 28 July 2018

This year marks the 70th anniversary of The Emergency, a 12-year war declared by the then British colonial power against the insurgent anti-colonial forces led by the Communist Party of Malaya. The Central Committee of the CPM launched the armed struggle only in December 1948, six months after the declaration of State of Emergency. The insurgents comprised no more than 10,000 active regulars, against which, British colonial government assembled 40,000 regular British and Commonwealth troops, 70,000 armed police personnel and 300,000 Malay Home guards, that included aircraft, artillery and naval support. Surprisingly, there has been no commemoration of this anti-colonial struggle by the Government or our local universities, leaving it to civil society to remind the country of this fateful turn of our peoples’ history.

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