MALAYA: The End of Shorty Kuk

As the train from Gemas to Jerontut chugged through the Malayan jungle, three Chinese stepped out of the underbrush and flagged it. The engineer, braking his train to a stop, realized with horror that the "flag" waved at him to stop was a human head. As if introducing a guest at a cocktail party, one of the Chinese said calmly: "This is Shorty Kuk. We've come to surrender, and we brought his head along."

Ah Kuk, nicknamed "Shorty," was No. 2 man in the Communist terror forces in Malaya. Until rewards were abolished three months ago by the British, the...

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