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by Leon Comber

eBook Malaya's Secret Police 1945-60: The Role of the Special Branch in the Malayan Emergency (Monash Papers on Southeast Asia) download ISBN: 1876924527
Author: Leon Comber
Publisher: Monash University Publishing (June 30, 2008)
Language: English
Pages: 324
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Category: History
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Malaya’s secret police 1945–60 One in five Malayan Police officers was working for the Special Branch.

Malaya’s secret police 1945–60. The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) was established as an autonomous organization in 1968. It is a regional centre dedicated to the study of socio-political, security and economic trends and developments in Southeast Asia and its wider geostrategic and economic environment. One in five Malayan Police officers was working for the Special Branch. Putting together this formidable organisation was a remarkable achievement.

Leon Comber's book is about that system which he knew as a Special Branch insider. Comber arrived in Malaya in September 1945 when, as a major in the Indian Army, he was part of Operation Zipper to repossess the country after the Japanese occupation. Malaya's Secret Police is a revised version of Comber's Monash University doctoral thesis

The Malayan Emergency lasted from 1948 to 1960.

The Malayan Emergency lasted from 1948 to 1960. During these tumultuous years, following so soon after the Japanese surrender at the end of the Second World War, the whole country was once more turned upside down and the lives of the people changed. The war against the Communist Party of Malaya's determined efforts to overthrow the Malayan government involved the whole population in one form or another

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Malaya's Secret Police, 1945-60 book. Published September 9th 2008 by Monash Asia Institute. The Malayan Emergency lasted from 1948 to 1960  . This text analyses the pivotal role of the Malayan Police's Special Branch, in defeating the communist uprising and safeguarding the security of the country.

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The historiography of the Malayan Emergency (1948–60), and what has been called the ‘shooting war’, has already been well-covered in the literature, but the role of secret intelligence and the Malayan Police Special Branch in the armed struggle against the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM).

The historiography of the Malayan Emergency (1948–60), and what has been called the ‘shooting war’, has already been well-covered in the literature, but the role of secret intelligence and the Malayan Police Special Branch in the armed struggle against the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) and its military wing, the Malayan National Liberation Army (MNLA), has hitherto. been largely neglected. In this book, the focus is on the Special Branch, the main intelligence agency of the Malayan government.

See our disclaimer During these tumultuous years, following so soon after the Japanese surrender at the end of the Second World War, the whole country was once more turned.

Malaya's Secret Police 1945-60: The Role of the Special Branch in the Malayan Emergency The Malayan Emergency lasted from 1948 to 1960. The w. Specifications. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. The war against the Communist Party of Malaya's determined efforts to overthrow the Malayan government involved the whole population in one form or another

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Following soon after the Japanese surrender in World War II, the whole country of Malaya was once more turned upside down and the lives of the people changed during the tumultuous years of the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960). The war against the Malayan Communist Party, which was determined to overthrow the Malayan government, involved the whole population in one form or another. This book analyzes the pivotal role of the Malayan Police's Special Branch, the government's supreme intelligence agency, in defeating the communist uprising and safeguarding the security of the country. The book shows for the first time how the Special Branch was organized and how it worked to provide the security forces with political and operational intelligence. The book represents a major contribution to the understanding of the Malayan Emergency. It will be of interest to students of Malay(si)a's recent history, as well as to those interested in counterinsurgency operations in other parts of the world.
Comments: (2)
Very Old Chap
A very informative read, written by someone who had been a member of Special Branch. The book explains how Special Branch was set up and its role in establishing "police primacy" as part of the over all counterinsurgency campaign.
Monn
This book is one of the first serious studies of the role of an intelligence service in combating an insurgency, and it does well - the author, a former Special Branch officer, knows that from which he speaks.

Comber does a good job balancing the academic and personal observations to make an informative, if not particularly well-written, retelling of how the Special Branch helped to defeat the Malayan Peoples Races Army. In particular, his unique insight into reorganizations within the Malayan government is unmatched by some of the recent books on the subject of Malaya that have come out in years past.

My biggest critique would be that Comber's analysis of certain items seems a bit off. For instance, he makes the assertion that the State War Executive Councils present in each of the Malayan states functioned decently, providing a conduit for the federal authorities to enforce decisions. This isn't a problem except that he provides no supporting evidence of this fact; moreover, substantial scholarly research in this field (Ramakrishna's fantastic treatise, Emergency Propaganda, is one of the best) provide substantial evidence that the SWEC were both ineffectual and wasteful not only in management of resources but in overall bureaucratic function.

Still, I highly recommend this as an example of how good intelligence can beat insurgency. This is something that should be read and understood by anyone looking to understand how we can be more successful in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.