The Spark, June 1948

That morning Arthur ‘Wally’ Walker, the manager of the Elphil Estate, had started work before sunrise inspecting the long rows of silvery rubber trees with his dog, and talking to his estate workers. Just before 8 a.m., he returned to his office where he met the estate clerk A.H. Kumaran. Both men then began work. Walker would take breakfast two hours later. Such was the custom of the British rubber estates. Walker was in his mid 40s. Born in Moffat in Scotland, he had come out to Malaya in the 1920s. In 1942, he had been captured by the Japanese and imprisoned at Changi jail in Singapore. Earlier that morning, his wife had left the estate to go shopping in the royal town of Kuala Kangsar. They would meet later to discuss their planned holiday in England. At about 8.30 a.m., three young Chinese men rode up to the office on bicycles. They jumped off, carefully parked their machines, then walked unhurriedly into Walker’s office. The dog began barking. Next door, the clerk Mr Kumaran heard a Chinese voice greet Walker: ‘Tabek, tuan!’ Salutations, sir. He heard Walker reply. Then two shots rang out loudly in the small office. Next […]
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