Sunday, December 11, 2011

Memorial for murder of Sg Siput planters, Perak

The Malayan Emergency started on June 16, 1948, when three British planters were brutally murdered by communists in Sungai Siput, Perak.

The planters J.M. Allison and L.D. Christian were killed at Phin Soon Estate and A.E. Walker was killed in Elphil Estate.

The Malayan Communist Party guerillas shot Walker in cold blood at his office desk. About 1.6km away, manager Allison and his assistant Christian of the Phin Soon Estate were tied and killed by 12 terrorists about 30 minutes later.

They were buried at the Cemetery at Batu Gajah, called God's Little Acre.

More than 60 years later, a monument has been constructed in the Phin Soon Estate - now called Ladang Sungai Siput - in memory of three British planters killed there.

The monument was put up in 2011 by Malaysian Palm Oil Association (Perak branch) to commemorate the planters, members of security forces, staff and their family members and civilians killed during the Malayan Emergency.

At the entrance to the estate is a notice board, in very bad condition, with information about the historical site.
It says :

On 16 June 1948 at 8 A.M. after the murder of Elphil Estates manager at Sungai Siput (north) Perak, Sungai Siput Estate manager Mr John Allen (sic) and his assistant Mr Ian Christian. 21 [years] were tied and killed by 12 terrorists.

Unfortunately there is nothing to see, as the site is all fenced off. The memorial plaque is inside the compound so I had to take the photo with a zoom lens through the fence.

See more on the MPOA site.

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