In Malaya today war and peace are intermixed. After ten years of continuous campaigning against?
In Malaya today war and peace are intermixed. After ten years of continuous campaigning against Communist terrorists the Security Forces have almost won the day. Outwardly villages and towns, even in the black area, are quiet. But none who sees these towns is quite at ease. The tail-ends of the emergency are everywhere. On the outskirts of each village there's a police road block where travellers are searched. Armoured cars patrol streets.....Police armed with rifles and revolvers, are always just round the corner. All Police must be taken to central distribution points where it is checked and distributed to the people. Cooked rice spoils quickly, and Communist sympathisers would find sit hard to pass it on to the terrorists. With darkness comes the curfew, which confines people in doors during the night.
Yet, with all the trappings of war, there's a feeling that the end is in sight. The Security Forces have cut the original 13,000 Communists to 1500. And each week brings its small bag of captured or killed terrorists.
Prime Minister Tungku Abdul Rahman has said that he feels confident the Emergency will end in 1958. He himself spares no effort. Two years age he instituted a series of anti-Communist rallies in the towns and villages of Malaya. Recently at Yong Peng, a small town in Johore State, with a known 22 terrorists in the district, the Prime Minister took his campaign into one of the blackest areas.
Arriving early at Yong Peng the Tungku told the people that Chin Peng, the Communist leader, no longer counted so far as the Alliance Government was concerned. He added that Chin Peng said he had been fighting for Malayan independence. But the Alliance had achieved independence, and yet the Communist party continued to wage war. The only conclusion was that the Malayan Communist Party was fighting to impose people Communist ideologies and to establish a Communist state in Malaya.
The Prime Minister then led a 2000-strong procession on a 2-mile march through the streets of Yong Peng. Followed by Chinese and Malay bands and leaders to, the Chinese, Malay and Indian Communities, the Prime Minister left observers in no doubting to his views. On September 3rd last year the Prime Minister made what has come to be called the Merdeke offer - a call to terrorists who genuinely wish to give up the armed struggle and come out of the jungle. The offer made it clear to that bandits who did this would not be prosecuted for offences connected with the emergency. Latest figures show that almost 200 Communists have taken advantage ???.