MALAYA: Ineffectual Planters' Punch

The British spent two years rooting Communist terrorists out of Bahau, heart of the rubber country in the central Malayan state of Negri Sembilan. Then, mission presumably accomplished, they moved on, at the beginning of this year, to other trouble spots. Last month the Communists emerged from their jungle hideouts and ordered Bahau rubber workers to strike for a threefold wage increase. Flashing six-inch spikes and bayonets in the workers' faces, the Communists threatened to crucify strikebreakers on the rubber trees. As a warning, they chopped off the fingers of some trade unionists who turned up for work.

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