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12 Years of 'Emergency'

7 February 1952
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10th Regiment of the Malayan People's Army Archives, inventory number 216

When the British High Commissioner Sir Gerald Templar arrived in Malaysia on 7 February 1952, the 'emergency' situation worsened. 'Emergency' was the euphemistic name for a war that had started in 1948 between the British colonial power and Malaysian communists. The communist National Liberation Army had ambushed and killed Templar's predecessor. During Templar's administration, fighting was intensified and both parties accused one another of atrocities such as beheading. The 'Emergency' lasted until 1960.
The archive of the 10th Regiment of the Malaysian National Liberation Army is at the IISH.