Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources
On This Day: In 1948 the Batang Kali massacre took place in Malaysia. The massacre was a British military operation against ethnic Malay rubber growers. The 7th Platoon, G Company, 2nd Scots Guard surrounded a rubber estate at Sungai Rimoh, Batang Kali, Selangor in Malaysia and shot 24 villagers before setting fire to the village. The only adult male survivor was Chong Hong, who was in his 20s at the time. He fainted and was presumed dead by the Guardsmen. No charges were ever filed against the British troops for the massacre. The massacre took place during what is known as the Malayan Emergency, which was a war between the British colonial government and the Malayan Communist Party, who were fighting for independence. The war was termed an “emergency” by the British government so that British rubber and mining companies could cover their losses by Lloyd’s insurers – in a war, losses are not covered.