HC Deb 18 October 1950 vol 478 cc2026-7
30. Mr. Awbery

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what measures are being taken to protect the Sakai of Malaya, who did us great service during the war, from the effects of our bombing of the bandits; and what help is being given to those who are accidentally injured by bombs.

Mr. S. Griffiths

Information is sought from the local authorities regarding the presence of aborigines in their area before bombing attacks are made; at the same time the removal of aborigines from remote to protected areas is proceeding. Compensation would be payable to aborigines as to other civilians accidentally injured.

Mr. Awbery

Is my right hon. Friend aware that, according to British officers who were in the jungle in Malaya during the war, the Sakai rendered great service to this country, and are now in danger? Will he do what he can to alleviate the suffering of these people and create, if necessary, a special group of workers to assist them?

Mr. Griffiths

I associate myself with the tribute that has been paid. We are taking every possible step to ensure their safety.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

Is not the best way to help the Sakai to stop bombing the bandits altogether?

Mr. Griffiths

It would be better for the bandits to call off their attack.