Friday, January 30, 2015

Release Balan Or...... (ST 1st June 1948)

A resolution of condemning the Federation Government "in cunningly arrested" President of Planting Labourer Union of Perak, R.G Balan, was passed at the conference of Planting Labourer Union. This is said to be done to order to frighten the labourers. Balan was arrested on the 30th May 1948 - before the declaration of Emergency in Malaya.

The delegates also agree to have a one day strike on the 4th June 1948 to demand the Government to release Balan unconditionally as he was arrested without a course.

Reported strike over the weekend (30 and 31 May 1948);

1. Kamuning Estate, Sungai Siput - 640 Chinese tappers on strike

2. Sungai Krudda Estate, Sungai Petani - 75 Chinese tappers on strike

3. Kinta Valley Estate, Batu Gajah - 98 Chinese tappers on strike

4. River View Estate - 40 Chinese tapper on strike

5. Kati Estate, Kuala Kangsar - 32 Chinese tapper on strike

6. Strathisla and Chemur Estate still at strike


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