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Malaysians demand apology over 1948 'massacre'

Published on Sep 5, 2012 3:43 PM
In a file picture taken on Sept 4, 2008, 40-year-old lawyer Quek Ngee Meng whose father lives in Batang Kali, points out the site in Batang Kali where villagers were killed by British troops in 1948 just outside Kuala Lumpur. Relatives of 24 Malaysian rubber plantation workers killed by British troops in 1948 on Sept 4, 2012 lost their High Court battle for a full inquiry by the British government. -- PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Relatives of 24 Malaysian rubber tappers killed by British troops in 1948 on Wednesday demanded an apology after a London court said that Britain was responsible for their deaths.

They however expressed anger after the High Court judges on Tuesday upheld a government decision not to hold a public inquiry into the shootings.

Mr Quek Ngee Meng, lawyer for the campaigners who have been battling the case since 1993, said they would appeal against the latest court decision. Although the ruling appeared to give the families a strong case to sue for damages, Mr Quek said "compensation is not the point but a full acknowledgement of the fact".

"Family members of those killed are now pressing (British) ministers to accept the facts found by the court, take full responsibility for the massacre... and apologise," he added.

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