As the clash between labourers and police intensified in Kedah during the infamous Kedah Riot in March 1947, The Straits Times dated 7th March 1947 reported that the Representative of Government of India to Malaya, S.K Chettur, and other prominent Indians arrived in Sungai Petani for inquiry into Kedah troubles.
The President of the Kedah PMFTU, Chong Woon and Samy met Deputy Commissioner of Labour, J.T Rea seeking explanation why two mass arrests were made and whether the labourers have the rights to strike.
Rea replied that two men that resisted the police in the exercising their power had nothing to do with labour conditions. Samy was told that the present troubles arose through the activities of the Youth-Corps which had been going around beating up conductors, tying workers up for drinking toddy and trespassing on on estates against wishes and often without permission of the managers.
Meanwhile The United Kedah Planters blamed subversive elements using political agitation coupled with intimidation and extortion were behind the grave situation in Kedah. The association alluded to "external dictation" to estate labourers - an obvious accusation against PMFTU. The planter association too blamed the situation further deteriorated on the government as little had been done to formulated mechanism to allow legal contact to be achieved between labourers and employers.
The planter association state three requirements necessary to resolve the situation - law and order to be re-established and maintained, labour union must realised their part in rehabilitation of the industry and country (after war) and labour must be free itself from external dictation.
Reported according to J.T Rea, that "agitators" are active in Tonghurst Estate in South Kedah which may go on strike again. But the Union men said Rea were urging them to continue the strike and attempting to engineer strikes on five estates - Dublin, Kuala Dinginm, Batu Lintang, Somme and Ghim Khoon.
Rea said Indian workers on Sungai Toh Pawang wanted to return to work but prevented by local union secretary preventing them working or leaving the estate.
At Bukit Sembilan, workers are reported willing to return to work. The police have been maintaining a guard. The ringleader's (named as Samy in other reports) death in the clash in Bedong on 28th February was reported today.