Signature Campaign Launched

KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 20, 2008) : A signature campaign condemning the massacre of villagers in Batang Kali on Dec 12, 1948, today brought MCA and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) leaders together.

The launch of the campaign at the Selangor & KL Chinese Assembly Hall today saw the presence of MCA’s Datuk Ong Tee Kiat, who is also the transport minister, and PKR’s Tian Chua.

The campaign seeks to urge the British Government to make an unreserved apology to the family members of the massacre, grant reasonable compensation to the families of the victims and to construct a memorial for the victims.

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工委会全国收集签名(媒体报导)

 

聲討英軍屠殺罪行工委會全國收集簽名

 

 新闻来源:光明日报 21/08/2008 http://www.guangming.com.my/node/32155 

 

(吉隆坡)《追討英軍屠殺罪行工委會》將在一個月內赴全國各地,展開全國社團簽名蓋章運動,呼籲大家支持追討英軍60年前屠殺平民冤案簽署請愿書。

 

 上述全國社團簽名蓋章運動週三(20日)在華總謝富年禮堂舉行推動儀式。工委會收集到的請愿書,將通過英國最高專員署呈交英女王,要求英國政府道歉、賠償及為受害者建立紀念塔。

 

工委會義務律師團召集人兼有關運動主任郭義民致詞時表示,工委會的目標明確,絕不能容忍強權者向手無寸鐵的平民施暴行。

 

我們不否認英國政府曾針對峇冬加里屠殺慘案展開調查,但我們相信有一小撮有權者刻意掩蓋事實,企圖誤導國際社會。

 

他說,死者家屬無意向謀害他們親人的英國士兵報復,卻堅決向英國政府討回公道,包括向殉難家屬道歉、賠償和設立紀念塔,以還殉難者的尊嚴。

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Media Reports on the Launching Ceremony of Signature Campaign

List of media reports on the Launching Ceremony of Signature Campaign Condemning the Batang Kali Massacre held on 20/8/2008.

Local print/ online media:

The Sun: http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=24939

New Straits Times: http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Thursday/National/2327568/1

Malaysiakini.com: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/88192

MSN Malaysia: http://news.my.msn.com/regional/article.aspx?cp-documentid=1633404

Bluehyppo.com

http://www.bluehyppo.com/cs/Satellite?c=bhArticle&category=N020&channel=News&cid=1165400127488&pagename=BlueHyppo_v4%2FPage%2FFullArticle&page=2#subPage

International print/ online media:

Straits Times: http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/SE%2BAsia/Story/STIStory_270168.html

Asiaone News: http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20080820-83360.html

Yahoo Singapore News: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/afp/20080820/tap-malaysia-britain-history-massacre-co-0193655.html

News 24.com http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_2379285,00.html

IRIB News http://www.iribnews.ir/Full_en.asp?news_id=257873

 

 

Malaysians Demand British Apology for 1948 Massacre

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 20, 2008 (AFP) – Malaysian activists are seeking an apology from Britain for the 1948 massacre of 24 unarmed villagers by British troops during the start of a crackdown against a rising communist insurgency.

 

    The killings, known here as the “Batang Kali massacre,” occurred in central Selangor state on December 12, 1948 when 14 members of the Scots Guards killed unarmed Chinese villagers and torched their village.

 

   Cabinet minister Ong Tee Keat, who was present at the signing Wednesday of a petition calling for an official apology and compensation, said the history of the guerrilla war between colonial British forces and the Communist-led Malayan National Liberation Army should be accurately portrayed.

 

   “This event has been glossed over by the colonial government administration. This has been kept under the rug for so long,” Ong told AFP.

 

   “What these people are seeking really is historical redress as those that were killed have for long been described as bandits and Communist sympathisers,” he added.

 

   Quek Ngee Meng, head of the Campaign Condemning the Batang Kali Massacre said the group wanted Britain to apologise and hold a public inquiry into the killings.

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《追讨英军罪行·全国社团签名盖章运动》主任郭义民讲稿

一场尊重人权价值的推动

身为较年轻的一辈,我们欲了解60年前24名乌鲁音村民在峇冬加里被屠杀的惨案并不难。只要通过输入关键词:“峇冬加里屠杀惨案”就可以在书本与网站世界略知这是怎么一回事。

无论是书本、报章与网络的资料,它们都有一个共同点,即质疑英军宣称死者是恶匪或恐怖份子是否属实。在英国与本地媒体充分发挥揭露弊端与历史冤案的努力下,峇冬加里屠杀惨案的真实情节逐渐还原。1970年的英国报章报导、1992年的英国广播电视纪录片、英军亲口承认屠杀惨案的宣誓书、屠杀惨案唯一生还者与目击者的口供,工委会律师团在英国国家档案局所收寻的资料,都显示屠杀惨案确实发生。

英国政府承认英军杀害24名手无寸铁的平民,但英政府唯一合法化屠杀的理由是这24名平民尝试逃跑。但,自1970年起揭发的证据,我们有很强的理由不相信英政府的藉口。我们能证明英军不只有意图的屠杀平民,也刻意误导较后成立的调查委员会,蒙蔽惨案事实的真相。很明显的,英国政府已犯下侵犯人权与生命尊严的罪刑。

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Speech by Quek Ngee Meng, Head of the Signature Campaign

Excerpt of Speech by Quek Ngee Meng, Head of the Signature Campaign Condemning the Batang Kali Massacre on the Launching Ceremony 20 August 2008

 

  Upholding The Value of Human Dignity

 1.        We can easily find out the story of the Batang Kali Massacre in bookstore or internet. For example:-

 

a.    In a pictorial history book authored by Lt Col (R) Mohd Azzam Mohd Hanif Ghows entitled “The Malayan Emergency Revisited 1948 – 1960”, we learn about the atrocity committed by the Malayan Communist Party. But at page 55, there is an account of killing committed by British Army in Batang Kali on 12 December 1948. It stated that “suspicions remained about a possible government whitewash. Indeed later, in 1969 (should be 1970), following the international outcry over the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, claims in British newspapers forced a new investigation, but a change in government in Britain led to the enquiry being aborted, despite sworn statements from participants and a lone survivor that a deliberate massacre had taken place.”

 

b.    Similar suspicious can be found in Wikipedia, the website encyclopedia.

 

Therefore, unless and until the truth is revealed, the Batang Kali Massacre will always haunt the reputation and goodwill of the British Army, if there is any. As Malaysians, we have a duty to find out the truth and seek for justice for those who had sacrified and suffered during the time of terror.

 

2.        Together with other voluntary lawyers, I went to the National Archives of UK. We discovered the sworn statements of confession made by ex-Scot Guards, the British Army who involved in the Batang Kali Massacre, in 1970. They revealed the following essential evidence:

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Kronologi Pembunuhan Beramai-Ramai Di Batang Kali

Pembunuhan kejam penduduk Malaysia oleh Tentera British
pada 12 Disember 1948

Kronologi:

12 Disember 1948 

Platun ke-7, G Company, yang ke-2 daripada Pengawal Scotland mengepung sebuah kebun getah di Sungai Rimoh, Batang Kali, Selangor, di Malaya. 24 orang penduduk yang tidak bersenjata dan tidak bersalah telah dibunuh. Seorang terselamat. Saksi-saksi termaksuk isteri-isteri dan anak-anak mangsa.

13 Disember 1948 

Laporan pertama disiarkan di dalam “The Straits Time”: “Pengawal dan Polis Scotland hari ini dilaporkan telah menembak mati 25 daripada 26 orang penjahat di dalam satu operasi ‘wide-scale’ di Utara Selangor. …. Ini adalah satu kejayaan terbesar yang telah dicapai di dalam satu operasi di Malaysia semenjak Darurat bermula.”

1 November 1949 

Satu siasatan rasmi telah dijalankan terhadap arahan Attorney-General Malaya pada ketika itu. Hasil daripada siasatan tersebut adalah AG berpuas hati yang ‘saspek-saspek (24 lelaki tersebut) mungkin berjaya melarikan diri jika askar-askar tersebut tidak melepaskan tembakan”. Siasatan ini tidak pernah diketengahkan ke pengetahuan umum, atau dihantar ke ‘War Office’.

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