The War Illustrated No. 228, Vol. 9, March 15th 1946

R.A.S.C. andR.E. Are Busy in Maiaya SMUGGLING and piracy along the Malayan coast­line confronted the British after Japan's surrender in August 1945. Illicit traffic in opium and other drugs was unchecked throughout the Japanese occupation of the peninsula. Now Royal Army Service Corps Water Transport Units with Cus­toms and Excise officials patrol the coastal waters :already the Port Sv/etten- ham area has been almost cleaned up. R.A.S.C. vessel trails a sus­pect junk (I) and draws alongside (2). Suspicions arc justified as from the junk's hold ajar of opium is handed up to the officer in charge of the search party (3). By similar illicit means thousands of pounds worth of drugs had entered >.he country from Java, Sumatra and Siam. MALAYA’S ONLY COALFIELD, at Batu Arang, starts pro­duction again with Royal Engineers adopting open-cast m ethodj —the mines being flooded. Coal for railways and factories tipped for wnchino M\ wat»r fr#»#»mo it rtf rf^hrk |5L PA CP 7nfi
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