Bright Moon: A Planter's Tale: Malaya 1948 - 56

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Bright Moon is the story of Campbell Aitkenhead's years spent in Malaya as a rubber planter between 1948 and 1956, and the exciting times he experienced in this exotic country ravaged by war and insurrection, but rich in beauty and warm people. Following his demob from the parachute regiment in 1946, young Campbell turned down the chance of well-paid jobs in favor of a shot at a life as a rubber planter with Scottish Malayan Estates in Malaysia. The rest, as he tells us, is history - and a fascinating history it certainly is, from the droll, straight talking general with whom he shared a cabin on the outward voyage, to fierce communist guerrilla attacks on the estates where he worked. Mysticism, religious beliefs, superstition, 'invincibility cults' of bandits like Wan Ali, the eccentric Anglophile 'Puck', the hard lives of Tamil Indian workers, and officious chief of police and the bold self reliant Aborigines, provide colorful insight to a diverse culture that was British Malaya in those years. Termed the 'Malayan Emergency', the full extent of the insurgency was played down by the British Government, yet planters were instructed to form their own police forces, that were, in reality small armies to protect the rubber and oil palm estates that provided vital revenue for a post war Britain that was badly in debt. Surviving in remote jungle locations accessible only by rough track roads, with the constant treat of ambushes and attacks to the estate by night. The author wraps his own personal tale of adventure, tragedy, and romance, in an informative and first-hand potted history of Malaya at a time of violent political upheaval until finally gaining independence.

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