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Indian Labour Movement in the Estates in Kedah, Malaya 1945–1946

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Shanmugavelu, Ganesan; Parasuraman, Balakrishnan; Ariffin, Khairi
Journal: Shanlax International Journal of Arts, Science and Humanities
Volume: 7
Page(s): 9-14
Date: 2019
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/10572
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): labor
Abstract: "The Indian labour movement in the estates in Kedah, occurs within a short period of time without bringing any new changes to them. The experience of Indian labourers who joined the INA during the Second World War enabled them to join the labour movements to overcome oppression against them. The Indian labour movement in the estates in Kedah has undergone radical and militant changes within a short period of time. This change has been manifested in the form of a strike and disruption due to the willingness of Indian estate workers to cooperate with any parties willing to work with them in particular CPM. The Indian labour movement in the estates in Kedah was also stunted as they did not act individually to achieve their goals. The Indian estate labour movement's move to accept CPM as its counterpart is a major mistake as it has brought Indian labour movement particularly in the estates in Kedah and Malaya generally towards the brink of destruction."

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