Saturday, April 29, 2006

Farewell to M.G.G Pillai from Singapore

Australians Ian Ward and his wife Norma Miraflor, co-authors of Alias Chin Peng: My Side of History, would like to convey their condolence to the family of veteran journalist M.G.G. Pillai who passed away this morning in Kuala Lumpur at 67.

Ian was also a Vietnam War correspondent covering the conflict for London's Daily Telegraph.

Norma and I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of M.G.G. Pillai.

My friendship with MGG goes back some four decades. Our paths regularly crossed on assignments in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore and, of course, his great love, his homeland Malaysia.

He was a man whose professional life was propelled by passion and courage.

A discussion with MGG was frequently fiery and inevitably focussed on controversy.


You didn't have to agree with him and for me this was often the case but every meeting with MGG was time well spent.

I will miss his ideas. I will miss his interpretations and reflections. But, most of all, I'll miss his friendship.

Rest in peace, MGG, my longtime friend.

Vietnam 1945 to 1975: timeline
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/1026782.stm

War and Protest - the US in Vietnam
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A715024

Picture power: Vietnam napalm attack
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4517597.stm

3 Comments:

Blogger malekz said...

My few times of meeting MGG was when I was working freelancing for one UMNO Minister .... normally (a few times a month) MGG would show up to chat with that particular minister, or maybe to get some inside information.

He was, frankly, a nice guy. He really attempted to be a true Malaysian - crossing that boundary of racism. He might have failed in that but I'm sure his writings would live on,

10:07 AM  
Blogger malekz said...

I have read the book abt Chin Peng. At least now I know how the author look like?

By the way, the book is very refreshing. The govt should have encouraged university students to read it - then you can see the two sides of the coin.

I might not agree with some of the things done by PKM in the name of revolution but I have to agree they were the only one who really fought to make us free from the British colonialism. At least, give them some recognition for that....

10:13 AM  
Blogger wargabebas said...

malekz is right. Come to think of it, what is commonly known as the forefathers of Malaya never actually fought British colonialism as the Americans did. They were merely negotiators for an acceptable formula of independence. One can not but reflect if the armed struggle of the KPM helped win our independence earlier than it might otherwise have been.

4:28 AM  

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