Academic journal article Military Review

The Malayan Emergency, 1948-60: The Domino That Stood

Academic journal article Military Review

The Malayan Emergency, 1948-60: The Domino That Stood

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THE MALAYAN EMERGENCY, 1948-60: The Domino that Stood by Donald Mackay. 174 pages. Brassey's, Washington, DC. 1997. $29.95.

"The Emergency," as it is known in Malaysia, has long since passed. The occasional reminder, like the recent Muslim disturbances along the Thai-Malaysian border, brings floods of memories of a much more dangerous time. As a reminder of the border's problems, books are occasionally released that examine the conflict and invoke thought because questions remain; for instance, why did the communist insurgency never succeed in Malaya as it did elsewhere?

Author Donald Mackay was a planter during the emergency, served as a reservist and has firsthand experience. He also consulted the normal array of books on the period, and his analysis is not much different from others. Everyone cites the same reasons for what occurred or did not occur. The difference in viewpoints comes in selecting which of the major reasons for the Government of Malaya's (GM's) success or Communist Party of Malaya's (CPM's) failure the writer believes to be paramount.

The reasons for the GM's success and the CPM's failure are well heralded. Among them are poor preparation, inadequate supply, the concentration of the Chinese population into hamlets, the booming Malayan economy, the failure of the Malay people to join the insurgency and the intelligence/propaganda effort-to name just a few. …

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