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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 新闻来源:光明日报 21/08/2008 











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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.

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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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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


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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