team ambushed and arrested a gang of bathing
communists in the jungle, and he was in the thick of
the Maria Hertogh riots, and had just survived a
bullet near his spine. The 1950s and 1960s in
Singapore and Malaya were crazy, chaotic days, says
Mr B Chua, an inspector in the Singapore Police Force then. He
shares his experiences.
THEIR PANTS DOWN
ONE of the most
treasured photographs in Mr B Chuas photo album
is that of a communist terrorist -- in the buff.
That was when he and
his team ambushed a gang of bathing communists --
catching them unawares.
Mr Chua, then in his
early 20s, had been serving as a lieutenant in the
Malayan army for three years. His job was to flush
out communist terrorists who were rampant in the
semi-jungles of Malaya. Those who were caught were
arrested and interrogated.
all surprised to see them there. My platoon
surrounded them. We inched our way slowly
through the semi-jungle, careful not to step
on the branches and twigs. It was very tense,
but we knew we had them because their arms
were not with them," Mr Chua recalls
with a grin.
to hear a typical jungle operation
naked communist terrorist surrounded by Mr B Chua's
Their surprise was so
great, all of them were caught with their pants down.
The communists were
surrounded by Mr Chua and his men. They did not try
to resist or run, as they knew it was useless.
But tracking down
communists in the jungles was not all fun and games.
It was a time fraught with danger and challenges. Mr
Chua never knew what to expect when he served in the
night. My heart beats faster. It was so dark and
"We all received
training before going out for the actual operations.
We were taught to communicate only by hand signals,
and use coded words when communicating. We cannot
speak normally as the communists might eavesdrop and
they would know we were coming. When under attack,
each man had to know exactly what to do, those on the
left will face the left and those on the right will
face the right, and form a circle. All this was
trained." said Mr Chua.
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