Newspaper Editor (Arrest)

Oral Answers to Questions — Malaya – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th June 1948.

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Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western 12:00 am, 16th June 1948

asked the Secretary -of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement regarding the arrest of the manager of the "Min Sheng Pau" Newspaper, published in Kuala Lumpur by the Malayan Communist Party; and if he will state the charge that has been made against this man.

Mr. Creech Jones:

The editor of the newspaper "Min Sheng Pau" was arrested on 8th June and charged with sedition. I have no further information, but am asking the High Commissioner for a report.

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

In view of the fact that nobody knows what sedition is—[Laughter.] Well, no judge has ever given a definition of it—is it not obvious that even this newspaper, which is not viewed with any great regard by the authorities over there, cannot be associated in any way with the crimes which are taking place in Malaya at the present time? Is not that the case?

Photo of Mr Ernest Thurtle Mr Ernest Thurtle , Shoreditch

In view of the whole record in this matter, is it surprising that a Communist editor has been charged with sedition?