Petition calls for apology, memorial and ‘modest reparations’ to families of 24 rubber plantation workers killed by British troops
A petition will be delivered to the government on Tuesday demanding an “honourable acceptance of responsibility” for the massacre of 24 unarmed rubber plantation workers by British troops during the anti-communist insurgency in Malaya in 1948.
The petition, signed by 10,000 people, will be handed to the British high commissioner in Malaysia, Simon Featherstone. It will demand an apology and a memorial to those killed at Batang Kali and ask for “modest reparations”.
The case has been compared to that of elderly Kenyans who have been offered nearly £20m in costs and compensation after being tortured and abused during the Mau Mau uprising in the 1950s.
High court judges last year questioned the official record given to parliament – that the Malaysians were shot when trying to escape in 1948. Allegations that there was a “deliberate execution of the men and it was ‘covered up’ by the Scots Guards and British army” could “properly be made on the evidence,” the judges said.
However, they argued that there were “obviously enormous difficulties in conducting an inquiry into a matter that happened over 63 years ago”.
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