GREAT BRITAIN: Firm Appointment

As a battlefield, Malaya is small compared to Korea or Indo-China, but it boasts one of the dirtiest guerrilla wars onstage today. For close to four years, a handful of Communist-led bandits lurking in Malaya's jungles have terrorized the country, kept an army of British regulars and natives (140,000 at present) on the alert, and cost the government some $140 million a year. The cost to the world in lost Malayan rubber and tin may have been far more.

Four months ago Sir Henry Gurney, Britain's High Commissioner in Malaya, was murdered...

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