Saturday, August 04, 2007

My book listed by Singapore' s military library

I am glad to have been told by a friend accross the Causeway just now that my 'Little Red Book', From Pacific War to Merdeka - Reminiscences of Abdullah CD, Rashid Maidin, Suriani Abdullah & Abu Samah (Petaling Jaya, SIRD, 2005) has been listed since August 2006 by SAFTI Military Institute Library in Singapore under the category or section of Military Art and Science/Strategic Studies. This honour is dedicated to Elizabeth Wong who assisted in compiling the articles into a booklet.

I am also very grateful to Dr. Cheah Boon Kheng, a leading liberal historian, for double-checking facts in his personal capacity before the manuscript was sent to the printer. Dr. Cheah Boon Kheng is also the Honorary Editor of the Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. I am, of course, still ultimately responsible for any errors and mistakes that may still be in existence in the booklet.

From Pacific War to Merdeka - Reminiscences of Abdullah CD, Rashid Maidin, Suriani Abdullah & Abu Samah (Petaling Jaya, SIRD, 2005) is not only cited extensively by Cambridge historians Christopher Bayly and Tim Harper in their Forgotten Wars: The End of Britain's Asian Empire (London, Penguin/Allen Lane, 2007) but also by Dr. Collin Abraham in his The Finest Hour - The Malaysian-CPM Peace Accord in Perspective (Kuala Lumpur, SIRD, 2006) for which I wrote a Forward and delivered a speech at its public launch at the author's invitation.

From Pacific War to Merdeka - Reminiscences of Abdullah CD, Rashid Maidin, Suriani Abdullah & Abu Samah (Petaling Jaya, SIRD, 2005) are still available in all major bookshops in Malaysia and Singapore. It can also be purchased online through kinibooks or Gerakabudaya.

My book serves C' bridge historians as source

Communist Abdullah' s version of 'Emergency'

Communists played no part in ' May 13 ' riots

History must also be fair to non-Umno Malays

2 Comments:

Blogger kittykat46 said...

Do you know the source of the picture of the MPAJA march on the cover, and where it was taken ?
It was clearly an official public occasion, a post-WWII victory parade ?

7:49 AM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

johor baru beach facing singapore. the marchers were the 4th Independent Regiment (southern Johor operational area) of MPAJA. The guns carried were supplied by American airdrops in southern johore towards the end of the war.

7:54 AM  

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