Malaya's Secret Police 1945-60: The Role of the Special Branch in the Malayan Emergency

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Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2008 - History - 324 pages
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The 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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Contents

1 The nature of the Malayan Emergency
1
2 The Malayan Security Service and the evolution of the Special Branch
25
3 The Special Branch takes over 194849
59
4 The principles of intelligence collection
79
5 Agents of change 194952
107
Sir William Jenkin
131
7 The Special Branch and the Briggs Plan
147
the implementation of the Briggs Plan
173
a case study
219
a case study
245
the end of the Emergency 195760
269
Abbreviations acronyms and glossary
295
Note on transliteration
298
Bibliography
299
Index
319
Photo plates
325

9 The Special Branch comes of age 195256
197

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