HC Deb 01 March 1926 vol 192 cc1004-5
15. Mr. PENNY

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has any information as to the propaganda being carried on by the Cantonese Bolshevist element in the Straits Settlements to foment strikes amongst workers of all kinds; is he aware that the Chinese master tailors of Singapore have petitioned the Governor to have the tailors' guild broken up and the ringleaders deported; and will he state what action is being taken in the matter?


I am informed that the recent strikes in Malaya have been economic in origin. The answer to the second part of the question is in the affirmative. The Governor reports, however, that the master tailors have produced no evidence to support their allegations, and that in consequence no deportations have taken place. The situation is being closely watched by the Colonial Government.