Petition handed to British envoy

New Straits Times ( 2008/12/13)

KUALA LUMPUR: A group of 100 people handed a petition calling for justice over the Batang Kali massacre to British High Commissioner Boyd McCleary, here yesterday. The Action Committee Condemning the Batang Kali Massacre head of signature, Quek Ngee Meng, said the petition was timed to coincide with the incident’s 60th anniversary yesterday.

“The petition is a follow-up to an earlier one we sent to the British High Commission on March 25, where no action was taken by the British government,” said Quek.

The group, consisting of families of the victims and members of several non-governmental organisations spent about half an hour outside the British High Commission in Jalan Ampang at 10.30am.

They were later met by McCleary who personally accepted their petition under the watchful eyes of some 100 Federal Reserve Unit officers.

It was reported that on Dec 12, 1948, soldiers from the Scots Guards (a British army battalion) had detained 25 villagers of Sungai Remuk rubber estate and gunned them down in Batang Kali.

The incident was brought to light in 1992, when the British Broadcasting Corporation aired the documentary In Cold Blood.

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