Report from Malaya - Vernon BartlettLondon: Derek Verschoyle, 1954, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little faded and now sealed in mylar. The pages are somewhat tanned, if tight, and a little musty. Previous owners' name to the half-title page.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “Early this year, on the suggestion of General Templer, Mr Vernon Bartlett made an extensive tour in Malaya, from the Siamese border to Singapore. He travelled by Comet and helicopter, by official car and railway sleeper, by armoured car and jeep. His contacts and informants included soldiers and civil servants, leaders of the Malay, Chinese and Indian communities, planters and bankers, politicians and fellow-journalists, aborigines and Communist prisoners.
The book which results from this investigation explains why some 5,000 Communists, almost all Chinese, have been able to defy a quarter of a million men mobilised against them. The jungle, which cove. rs four-fifths of Malaya, gives every advantage to the bandits and none to the police. Mr Bartlett describes how the aborigines are being enlisted as allies against the terrorists; how half a million people who might have been driven to supply food to the terrorists have been moved to the safety of new villages; how loudspeakers in aircraft are used to encourage bandits to surrender and how searchlights guide them out of the jungle.
But the author has not confined himself to the Emergency. His book is also a sympathetic and optimistic study of a country advancing towards self-government, but hampered by the fact that its Malay and Chinese communities are almost equally large and very suspicious of each other. He finds the two parts of Malaya, the Federation and Singapore, prosperous and happy despite an Emergency which has now lasted for six years.”