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    THE BRITISH MINISTRY OF DEFENCE IS TO HOLD AN INQUIRY INTO ALLEGATIONS THAT 25 VILLAGES WERE MASSACRED BY BRITISH TROOPS IN MALAYA 21 YEARS AGO.

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    LIBRARY FILM SHOT IN MALAYA A YEAR AFTER ALLEGED INCIDENT: PATROL THROUGH JUNGLE: SIGNALMAN WITH RADIO: AIRCRAFT OVERHEAD: TROOPS WITH PRISONER: TROOPS RUNNING THROUGH FIRE: ANNOUNCER SPEAKING: MR. ANTHONY SHORT SPEAKING.



    TRANSCRIPT: ANNOUNCER: "MR. ANTHONY SHORT IS A LECTURER IN POLITICS AT ABERDEEN UNIVERSITY. AT THE TIME HE WAS AN INTELLIGENCE OFFICER WITH THE BRITISH ARMY IN MALAYA. YEARS LATER HE WENT BACK THERE TO A UNIVERSITY POST AND WAS A ASKED BY THE MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT TO WRITE THE OFFICIAL HISTORY OF THE EMERGENCY. HE SAID TODAY THERE WERE NOW THREE VERSIONS OF WHAT HAPPENED IN THE VILLAGE. THE FIRST, THE OFFICIAL ACCOUNT, WAS THAT THE CHINESE WERE SIMPLY SHOT WHILE TRYING TO ESCAPE. THE SECOND VERSION WAS THAT AFTER CAPTURE THEY WERE TOLD THEY WOULD BE KILLED IF THEY DIDN'T GIVE INFORMATION--THIS WAS THE SORT OF BLUFF THAT WAS BEING USED AT THE TIME--BUT WHEN THEY RAN AWAY THE TROOPS OPENED UP WITH AUTOMATIC WEAPONS. THE THIRD VERSION, SAID MR. SHORT, WAS WHAT THE FOUND WHEN THE BEGAN HIS OWN ENQUIRY LATER."



    MR. SHORT: "I WENT TO THE AREA ITSELF AND THERE'S A RATHER DIFFERENT STORY, BUT ITS OBVIOUSLY DIFFICULT AFTER ALL THIS TIME, AND THIS WAS PIECING IT TOGETHER THROUGH THE LOCAL CHINESE AND FAMILIES OF THE MEN WHO HAD BEEN SHOT. TWO GUERRILLA SUSPECTS HAD BEEN CAUGHT CARRYING RICE, I MEAN FOR LEGITIMATE PURPOSES OR NOT DIDN'T SEEM TO MATTER, AND THEY HAD BEEN SHOT ON THE DAY THE PATROL ARRIVED. NOW WHETHER IT WAS LATER IN THE DAY OR WHETHER THEY HAD BEEN HELD OVERNIGHT IT'S DIFFICULT TO ESTABLISH, BUT ANYWAY TRUCKS CAME, IT SEEMED THAT THESE CHINESE ESTATE WORKERS WERE SEPARATED, AT LEAST THEY WERE SEPARATED FROM THEIR FAMILIES, AND THEN, I THINK AT SOME POINT THEY SET ALIGHT TO THE HOUSES. NOW AS YOU PERHAPS KNOW, WHEN BAMBOO BURNS IT SOUNDS VERY MUCH LIKE A BURST OF AUTOMATIC FIRE. AT THE SAME TIME THIS WAS A POINT THAT WAS MADE INSISTENTLY BY THE CHINESE IN THE VILLAGE, THAT THEY WERE STORING DETONATORS IN THEIR BUILDINGS, ILLEGALLY NO DOUBT, WHICH THEY USED FOR FISHING, AND WHEN THESE STARTED EXPLODING THE TROOPS WERE CERTAIN THAT THEY WERE UNDER ATTACK AND THEN THEY OPENED FIRE, AND THAT, STRANGE ENOUGH, IS THE LOCAL CHINESE VERSION. I MEAN IT IS NOT THE MOST INCRIMINATING. I WOULD THINK THAT VERSION TWO IS FAR MORE DAMNING, BUT VERSION THREE, WHICH IS THE CHINESE VERSION, IS THAT IT WAS IN THIS SORT OF CONDITION OF VERY HIGH TENSION AND THE SOUND OF WHAT THEY THOUGHT WAS SHOTS, THAT IS WHEN THE FIRING STARTED."



    ANNOUNCER: " SOLDIERS MIGHT HAVE PANICKED?"



    MR. SHORT: "YES."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE BRITISH MINISTRY OF DEFENCE IS TO HOLD AN INQUIRY INTO ALLEGATIONS THAT 25 VILLAGES WERE MASSACRED BY BRITISH TROOPS IN MALAYA 21 YEARS AGO. TODAY THE MAN WHO WROTE THE OFFICIAL HISTORY OF THE MALAYAN EMERGENCY, TALKS ABOUT HIS OWN INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE INCIDENT.

    FOUR FORMER MEMBERS OF A BRITISH GUARDS REGIMENT HAVE MADE ALLEGATIONS IN A LONDON SUNDAY NEWSPAPER THAT THE 25 SUSPECTED COMMUNIST TERRORISTS WERE SHOT AFTER BEING HELD CAPTIVE OVERNIGHT.

    AN INQUIRY WAS HELD INTO THE INCIDENT 21 YEARS AGO BY THE THEN ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF MALAYA, SIR STAFFORD FOSTER-SUTTON. HE REPORTED THEN THAT IF THE SECURITY FORCES HAD NOT OPENED FIRE THE 25 SUSPECTS, ALL CHINESE, WOULD HAVE ESCAPED.

    NOW ANOTHER INQUIRY IS TO BE HELD INTO THE INCIDENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5SU0JTIKABDID4KDF8PZ32ANH
    Media URN:
    VLVA5SU0JTIKABDID4KDF8PZ32ANH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/02/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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