New State and Old Elites
  • Lee Kam Hing
Part of the Macmillan Asian Histories Series book series


On the morning of 28 December 1955, a delegation, escorted by forty armed men and led by Chin Peng, the secretary-general of the Malayan Communist Party (MCP), emerged from the jungle into a clearing near the town of Baling in northern Malaya for a dramatic meeting with the country’s newly elected chief minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman. Since the start of the MCP’s guerrilla war against British rule in June 1948, this was the first time government officials and communists had met. But more important, the meeting at Baling symbolised two different strategies in the quest for political change in Malaya. On one side were the communists: advocates of armed expulsion of the British and of revolution; on the other, the Tunku and his Alliance party: men aiming for constitutional progress towards independence and gradual change thereafter.


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