Thursday, November 24, 2005

Pak Abu Samah's memoirs

Pak Abu Samah enjoys the distinction of being the first top communist leader who published memoirs. He did it as early as 1996, seven years before his comrade Chin Peng released Alias Chin Peng: My Side of History in Singapore.

Abu Samah's memoirs, titled Sejarah Dan Perjuangan Kemerdekaan was published in Hong Kong. However, the Chinese translation was done and published here in Malaysia.

I have an autographed copy of Sejarah Dan Perjuangan Kemerdekaan. I have also recommended the Chinese edition to the Chinese community for them to understand more deeply the history of this land.

It is a very useful book to provide a truly alternative account of the struggle for Merdeka from a war veteran's perspective. Both the Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese editions of Sejarah Dan Perjuangan Kemerdekaan are still available. If you cannot get it in bookshops, feel free to call another publisher friend of mine Mr. Chong at 016-3797231 or visit Kinibook Online.