Monday, May 4, 2015Monday, May 4, 2015

Malaysians lose latest UK court battle over 1948 killings

Published on Mar 19, 2014 8:12 PM

LONDON (AFP) - Relatives of 24 Malaysian rubber plantation workers killed by British troops in 1948 lost on Wednesday the latest stage of their legal fight to win a public inquiry into the deaths.

England's Court of Appeal dismissed an attempt by campaigners to overturn an earlier High Court ruling that upheld the British government's decision not to hold a formal probe into the Batang Kali killings in then British-controlled Malaya.

In December 1948, British soldiers shot and killed 24 men at the Batang Kali rubber plantation in Selangor state before setting the village on fire.

The incident, which has been referred to as "Britain's My Lai" after the infamous Vietnam War massacre, happened during the so-called Malayan Emergency, when British troops conducted military operations against communist insurgents.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!