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November 1947

Malayan Emergency

Malaysia is a country located in Southeast Asia. There are two distinct parts to this country: Peninsular Malaysia to the west and East Malaysia to the east. It is near Thailand, Indonesia and Brunei and includes the island of Borneo.

Where did it happen?

Malaya is a former British colony.

During WWII the British had supplied arms to the Malayan Communist Party (MCP) who were providing organised resistance against the Japanese. Their experience made them excellent guerrilla fighters and they were highly thought of by the Malayan people.

Following WWII, Malaya wanted independence and in1947 the MCP turned against the British. They felt that the British wanted to control the independence process and prevent a communist government in Malaya.

Why did it happen?