Creating a New Intelligence Apparatus in the Far East
Between the return of the British to Malaya in September 1945 and introduction of the Malayan Union in 1946 they created a new, multilayered, intelligence apparatus in the region. At its centre, at least in terms of Malaya, was the newly created Malayan Security Service. The next level was Security Intelligence Far East, the Security Service’s regional clearing house. Finally strategic assessment and oversight was provided by the Joint Intelligence Committee (Far East). This chapter reviews how officials came to create this intelligence apparatus. Conceptually, much could be traced back to precedent created in the Second World War. However, the foundations provided by South East Asia Command proved infirm and not capable of withstanding the many pressures and demands generated in region in the immediate post-war period.