MALAYA: Back to War

Shout before you shoot!

For the past three months of their eight-year war against Malaya's Communist terrorists, British and Malayan police and soldiers have been so ordered: before firing on suspects, they must call out the offer of a free pardon. The order stemmed from Malaya's recently elected popular government, which had the praiseworthy but perilous idea of starting the record of independent government by offering an amnesty to Communists. Last week the Communist guerrillas, after dickering briefly with the government about a truce , (they insisted on a Panmunjom-style international armistice...

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