Malaya's Secret Police 1945-60
The Role of the Special Branch in the Malayan Emergency
By (author) Leon Comber
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Malaya's Secret Police 1945-60 by Leon Comber
Book DescriptionThe Malayan Emergency lasted from 1948 to 1960. During these tumultuous years, following so soon after the Japanese surrender at the end of the Second World War, the whole country was once more turned upside down and the lives of the people changed. The war against the Communist Party of Malaya's determined efforts to overthrow the Malayan government involved the whole population in one form or another. Dr Comber analyses the pivotal role of the Malayan Police's Special Branch, the government's supreme intelligence agency, in defeating the communist uprising and safeguarding the security of the country.He shows for the first time how the Special Branch was organised and how it worked in providing the security forces with political and operational intelligence. His book represents a major contribution to our understanding of the Emergency and will be of great interest to all students of Malay(si)a's recent history as well as counter-guerrilla operations. It can profitably be mined, too, to see what lessons can be learned for counterinsurgency operations in other parts of the world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9789812308290
(229mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Publisher: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Publish Date: 15-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: Singapore
Books By Author Leon Comber
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Provides an account of General Templer's administration in Malaya as High Commissioner and Director of Operations (1952-54) during the Malayan Emergency. It departs from the usually accepted orthodox assessment of his time in Malaya by focusing on the political and socio-economic aspects of his governance rather than the military.
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