Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Picture of anti-colonial martyr P. Veerasenan

In the long and winding course of fighting for the independence of Malaya, many were killed by colonial forces as " bandits " or " terrorists " and P. Veerasenan was one of them. A former vice-president of the postwar Pan-Malayan Federation of Trade Unions (PMFTU), he was martyred in Negeri Sembilan on 3 May 1949 at the age of 22. This rare picture of martyr P. Veerasenan has recently been released to Clare Street by his contemporary acquaintances for public tribute and salute.

In Part II of his memoirs titled Penaja dan Pemimpin Rejimen Ke-10 (Petaling Jaya, SIRD, 2007), veteran of the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) Abdullah CD recalls that martyr P. Veerasenan, whom he first befriended in Singapore after the end of the Pacific War, was an "experienced" labour activist who was "highly influential" among the workers at that time. Martyr P. Veerasenan, in the recollection of Abdullah CD, was also once the President of the Standing Committee of the Singapore General Labour Union (SGLU) as well as President of the Singapore Workers' Unions Federation (SWUF). (p.191)

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4 Comments:

Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

if anyone has more information about P. Veerasenan from books or other sources (whether it is in Malay, Chinese,Tamil, English or Japanese), do let me know so that a more complete profile could be built up. thank you in anticipation.

4:09 AM  
Blogger Arul said...

As a tribute to P.Veerasenan, every year a football tournament is organised by Community Development Centre (CDC) based in Kajang on his name. This year it would the 15th year and would be held on the 25th. of November 2007. There has been an article on the tournament and Veerasenan, which I wrote some time back which I will post it if you are interested.

arul

5:59 AM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

please send it to clarestreet@hotmail.com so that i can add a a few more para. thanks.

6:32 AM  
Blogger jeyakumary said...

Was P. Veersenan a member of MCP? Could you other Indians who took part in MCP.

6:41 AM  

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