The Malayan Security Service (1945–1948)

@article{Comber2003TheMS,
  title={The Malayan Security Service (1945–1948)},
  author={Leon Comber},
  journal={Intelligence and National Security},
  year={2003},
  volume={18},
  pages={128 - 153}
}
  • Leon Comber
  • Published 1 September 2003
  • Political Science
  • Intelligence and National Security
The Malayan Security Service (MSS) was the main intelligence agency of the British when they returned to Singapore in September 1945 following the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II. It was responsible for obtaining and collating information on subversive organisations and personalities in Singapore/Malaya. As there was some dissatisfaction over its alleged failure to forewarn the British colonial authorities of the impending uprising of the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM), it was… 
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