War of the Running Dogs: Malaya, 1948-1960

Noel Barber

Mrs. PG Lim is a famous Malayan barrister, educated in Cambridge. She died at age 97 in 2013. She lived a full life.

As a barrister, she is famous for defending Lee Meng a Communist during the Malayan Emergency. Lee Meng was arrested after months of painstaking work by the Special Branch and charged for possession of a hand-grenade, for which the mandatory sentence was death.

Lee Meng was a pretty lady who was specifically tasked by the CTs head Chin Peng to head his courier system.

Her arrest and trial are described by Noel Barber in detail over 20 pages. Her appeal went all the way up to the Privy Council where PG Lim and British barrister Dingle Foot argued but lost. (p 190 to 210).

I met PG Lim once. I recall fondly a soiree in an old bungalow opposite the Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was hosted by an elderly retired doctor. I have never seen so many elderly folks in one party before.

After the piano recital was over, I was assisting an elderly gentleman, the retired General Manager of Lam Soon, to his car that was being backed into the driveway. He muttered, ” I am getting too old”.

Before I knew it, a loud female voice boomed, ” You are a young man!” It was PG Lim age about 88 addressing the elderly GM age 82. This incident has remained imprinted in my mind. She was indeed a feisty lady, elegantly dressed.

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