Documentary on “The Malayan Emergency”

This two hour special refers to an important chapter in the history of Malaya. The Malayan Emergency was a guerilla war fought between Commonwealth armed forces and the Malayan National Liberation Army from 1948 to 1960. Strikes and moments of unrest occurred while Malaya’s economy was on the mend after the World War II. On 16 June 1948, three estate managers were killed in Sungai Siput and this incident sparked off the Emergency resulting in the British colonial administrators declaring a state of emergency which lasted until 1960. If you want to know more about the story, do catch it on Astro.

Date of first airing : 15th Aug 2010, Sunday
Time : 8pm – 10pm
Channel :  History Channel – Astro 555

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There will be 20 airings in all. For subsequent air-time please check your Astroview.  We hope that you will have a better understanding about what transpired during the Emergency era after watching the documentary.


5 Responses to “Documentary on “The Malayan Emergency””

  1. 1 HeriHong August 14, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    The Emergency is intriguing Malaysian history, which brought us to Merdeka. Sungai Siput, where the planters were murdered, is in Perak and the three of them were buried in God’s Little Acre, the Christian Cemetery next to the Anglican Church in Batu Gajah, Kinta Valley. Here, since 1980, a commemorative ceremony has been held on the second Saturday in June. It is great to see another Malaysian story made by Malaysians in the History Channel. Unfortunately, we won’t see historical Chin Peng in interview…. without him, the documentary may seem incomplete.

    • 2 September 18, 2010 at 2:58 pm

      I am so glad a documentary on the Malayan Emergency was aired over the History Channel. Our younger generation do not know ( majority of them ) about our history.

      Malaya is what made Malaysia today. It is the foundation from where we rooted from. This history is part of us and what makes us today.

      When watching the documentary, you get this ‘sense of belonging, you feel part of that history’. It’s people like my late father who also played a vital role in forwarding information to the British after obtaining it from the Japanese.

  2. 3 HeriHong November 5, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    To Peterpillay, can you share more with us here the action of the heroic action of your father? It would be great if you can tell his story to the Perak Oral History on video; documenting the Japanese Occupation in Perak is an on-going project.

  3. 4 judy wilkinson February 10, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Is it possible to purchase this documentary on DVD? It is excellent. My father was a rubber plantation manager near Kuantan before the war. He was taken prisoner by the Japanese in 1942. On his return to Australia he married my mother and returned to Malaya. He was ambushed with 3 other men in July 1948. His 3 companions, one being Jennings were killed outright but my father was taken in to the jungle and his body not found for 9 months. I was 8 months old at the time. The Dvd would be a magnificent record of the time of my family to watch.Thankyou

    • 5 perakheritage March 24, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      We are sorry this is a very late response. Doubly so to hear of the death of your father. You could approach the documentary maker for a copy but we do not have the contact for it.

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