A MEANS TO AN END

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High Com­mis­sioner General Sir Ger­ald Tem­pler open­ing one of 20 sealed boxes on Aug 28, 1952, con­tain­ing an­swers to a ques­tion­naire sent to the vil­lagers of Jen­jarom in Se­lan­gor, Dangi in Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan and Paya Mengkuang in Me­laka, seek­ing in­for­ma­tion on com­mu­nist sym­pa­this­ers in their vil­lages. The iden­tity of the in­form­ers re­mained un­known as no sig­na­tures were re­quired. This and other mea­sures taken by Tem­pler, upon as­sum­ing the post of High Com­mis­sioner in Fe­bru­ary 1952, re­duced the im­pact of the com­mu­nists al­though the Emer­gency, which be­gan in June 1948, was not for­mally de­clared to have ended un­til July 31, 1960.

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