Emergency in Malaya.


Communist revolution (called the Emergency by the British) also began in Malaya in 1948 with the creation of the Malayan People's Anti-British Army in February. Throughout 1948 and 1949, the MPABA attempted to create ‘liberated zones' in the jungle, but it made little headway against British security forces.

Further reading

Clutterbuck, Richard, The long long war: the emergency in Malaya 1948-1960. London: Cassell, 1967.

‘Groups of communist terrorist controlled cultivated clearings in Malaya plotted to date', 16 December 1952, National Archives [Public Record Office, Kew], file AIR 20/8735.

Map number from Cribb, Historical Atlas of Indonesia (2000)


Year span

1948 - 1949