Britain’s Forgotten Wars with Tony Robinson – 16 October 2021 – Channel 4

Malaya: Rumbles in the Jungle: In 1948, a decade-long guerrilla war started against British occupation. The result was a new independent country – Malaysia. (Ep4/6)



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1 Response

  1. I have long experience of Malaysia and have many Malay friends who experienced the emergency. My parents in law were plantation managers throughout the Emergency. We have travelled widely in Malaysia, We have stayed in different parts of Malaysia on many occasions over many years with many native Malays. We have hosted many of those friends here, in the UK.
    This was an extremely poor narration of the truth. It very unfairly deals with the fact that the insurgents were and represented a part only of the Chinese population of Malaya. The Chinese made up, probably about 20% of the population. The Malays, representing about 70% were almost entirely supportive of the British. The British were very keen to hand over sovereignty. The Malay Sultans and politicians would not accept Independence until the British had put down the uprising AND drafted a Constitution, which they approved, which safeguarded the native Malay population from the Chinese. This Constitution remains in place to this day.
    The programme portrays the British as a high handed and uncaring colonial power. That was not the case. And that is why the British are loved and revered by the Malays and by the Chinese Malays. I have many, very many, Chinese Malay friends.
    I used to enjoy Tony Robinson’s programmes, but it will be a long time before I watch another. I no longer can accept that he is putting forward an unbiased viewpoint. It seems popular to criticise everything this nation ever did at present. Well he got this story very badly wrong in worshipping at that shrine.
    This is jotted down in passion immediately after the programme, without reference to any texts, but is based on my own knowledge and experience only.

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