The year was 1948 and treachery was in the air.
During the Second World War, the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) had resisted the Japanese invaders with the help of the British. Now, the CPM turned against their former allies, starting an armed revolt to overthrow the colonial government.
In Malaya, a full-blown war raged in the jungles. But in urban Singapore, the war was fought in the shadows, with the communists plotting terror attacks against those who opposed them.
At the forefront of the war on terror was the Singapore Special Branch – the intelligence arm of the Police responsible for thwarting the communists in Singapore through its network of informers.
While the Special Branch would eventually prevail, at least twenty-two lives were lost to communist terrorism between 1950 and 1956.