Letter to the Editor — 60th anniversary of the end of the Malayan Emergency

Friday, July 24 2020

The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel

Dear Editor,

On 31 July Australia will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of the Malayan Emergency.

The Malayan Emergency was declared on 18 June 1948, after the Malayan Communist Party launched an insurgency against British colonial rule.

Australia’s military commitment began in 1950 with Royal Australian Air Force transport and bomber assets provided to support the British. Australian Army units were involved from 1955, as were ships of the Royal Australian Navy.

While the Malayan government declared the Emergency over on 31 July 1960, Australian forces continued operations against communist forces in Malaya until 1963, playing a key role in bringing the long-running insurgency to an end.

As the anniversary approaches, we recognise our defence personnel who served over the 13 years of Australia’s involvement, in what was one of Australia’s longest military commitments, and we pay tribute to the 39 Australians who died while serving in Malaya, 15 of whom were killed in action.

The Australian War Memorial will hold a Last Post Ceremony on 31 July 2020 to remember and commemorate these Australians, and to tell the story of Sergeant Cecil Charles Anderson, who served in Malaya. The ceremony will be livestreamed online at www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/last-post-ceremony from approximately 4:55pm AEST.

On these days Australia says ‘thank you for your service’ to all who served in the Malayan Emergency, and remembers those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Lest we forget.

Darren Chester

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

Minister for Defence Personnel

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