Malaya's Secret Police 1945-1960
By Dr Leon Comber
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.
Review by the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong,
5 October 2008:
"Comprehensive histories are seldom written by those who took a leading role in the events they detail and document. Fewer yet remain active long enough to view archival documents - usually unavailable to the public for decades - which figure themselves as participants. Leon Comber is an outstanding, rare example of an academic historian who lived his subject and wrote about it....."
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