MALAYA: 1,200,000 New Citizens

One of the factors that makes Malaya a chronic Asiatic trouble spot and a major headache for the West is its population. Roughly half of it (about 3,000,000) is Chinese. Relatively recent immigrants (most arrived during the last half-century), Malaya's Chinese are industrious and formidable trade competitors for the more easygoing Malays and East Indians. For that reason, Malayan lawmakers have blocked the Chinese from becoming citizens. Thus disfranchised, the mass of Chinese in Malaya have little patriotic interest in the country's future, and most of them tacitly support the guerrillas (almost all Chinese) whom a large British army...

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