CHRONOLOGY OF BATANG KALI MASSACRE

BATANG KALI MASSACRE

(CHRONOLOGY)

 

11/12/1948                  British Army under the 7th Platoon, G Company, 2nd Scots Guard surrounded a rubber estate at Sungei Rimoh, Batang Kali, Selangor, Malaysia. That night, one Luo Wei-Nan was killed by the British Army.

12/12/1948                  The other 23 unarmed villagers were killed by the British Army. One Chong Foong survived. In total, 24 were killed and the list of the victims is attached.

Women and children were fetched away by lorries to the main street of Ulu Yam town.

Eye witnesses: Tham Yong (17 years old); Wong Kum Sooi (11 years old), Loh Ah Choi (7 years old), Chong Koon Yin (9 years old).

13/12/1948                  First reported in “The Straits Time” – “Scots Guards and Police were today reported to have shot dead 25 out of 26 bandits during a wide-scale operation in North Selangor. …This would be the biggest success yet achieved in one operation in Malaysia, since the Emergency began.”

1/1/1949                      An official investigation was carried out on the instructions of the then Attorney General Sir Stafford Foster-Sutton. The outcome of the investigation was that the Attorney General mentioned that he was satisfied that “the suspects (the 24 men) would have made good their escape had the security forces not opened fire”.

                                    This investigation were never made public or sent to the war office.Late 1960’s                  More than 20 years later, a Malay special branch detective Abdul Jaafar Taib) who had led the Scots Guards to the village broke his silence before his death. He confirmed that the shooting had been deliberate and there had been a massive cover-up of the truth.

Feb, 1970                    An English press, the People, exposed the incident and condemned the brutal massacre. Defence Secretary, Mr. Dennis Healy, instructed Scotland Yard to set up a special task team led by Mr. Frank Williams to investigate into the matter. As a result of the investigation, concrete evidence was gathered which shows that the brutal massacre at Batang Kali in December 1948 indeed took place

But it was stopped by the Conservative Government who took power in 1970 after it felt there was insufficient evidence to look further into this controversy.

1992                            BBC investigated about the massacre.

9/9/1992                      BBC documentary, an investigation report on the massacre: “In Cold Blood” was aired in UK and had revealed fresh evidence about it.

                                    It carried accounts of witnesses and survivors, including confessions of some members of the Scots Guards and interviews with Scotland Yard Officers who investigated the case in 1970.

Apparently pointed to the guilt of the Guards and a massive cover-up of the massacre.

However, nothing was done by the UK government thereafter and no British serviceman has ever been charged.

MCA was approached for help.

8/7/1993                      With the help of MCA legal bureau, presented a petition to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that justice be done, through British High Commissioner, Mr Duncan Slater.

**                                 British High Commission information officer, Caroline Saunders said they have forwarded to Queen Elizabeth II the petition to direct the British Government to re-open the files and act against those involved.

10/7/1993                    Insp. General of Police Tun Haniff Omar advised that a police report be lodged.

14/7/1993                    Police report was lodged by the 3 survivors, accompanied by MCA Public Service & Complaints Bureau, Chief Michael Chong, Secretary C.K Lim, and legal advisor, Vincent Lim.

                                    Kuala Kubu Baru district police Chief Superintendent Karn Kam Peng said the Selangor and Federal police headquarters would study the reports and decide on the next course of action.

                                    The police classified it under Section 302 Penal Code, and a high-level 10-man investigation team headed by the then Federal police serious crimes chief superintendent Khew Ching Hoi was set up to investigate into the massacre.

18/9/1993                    New Strait Times reported that Mr Gavin Hewitt, Head of Southeast Asia Department of the Foreign Office saying that “No new evidence has been uncovered by the British authorities to warrant the setting up of another official inquiry into the alleged massacre of 24 villagers in Batang Kali during the Communist insurgency.”

26/7/1997                    DAP had raised Batang Kali Massacre in Parliament, when Lim Guan Eng, as Kota Melaka MP sought to adjourn the House to debate the Batang Kali Massacre on a motion of urgent, definite public importance.

                                    Guan Eng’s motion was rejected by the Parliament speaker, Tun Mohamad Zahir who said that while he agreed that the motion was specific and of public importance, he felt that there was no need for Parliament to be adjourned as the “British High Commission has made it clear that it would ask the British Government to study the matter”.

30/12/1997                  Investigation report was submitted to Ketua Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Selangor dan Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Bukit Aman. The case was closed due to insufficient evidence to prosecute anyone.

13/7/2004                    DAP had raised Batang Kali Massacre in Parliament for the second time, where the MPs suggested that a campaign must be launched and a strategy devised to get support in Malaysia and UK for the righting of the injustice in the Batang Kali Massacre.

25/3/2008                    The descendent of the massacre and several NGO formed a committee known as Action Committee Condemning Batang Kali Massacre” submitted a petition to the British High Commission, which petition was received by Mr. Patrick Moody, the Deputy High Commissioner.

The petition, apart from seeking an official apology, also asked for 30million pound (RM191.8million) compensation pay to the descendents of the 24 massacre victims, and another 50million pound (RM319.8million) as educational and cultural development for the Ulu Yam Chinese Community.

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