Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Ex-IGP Rahim's happy hour with Chin Peng ...

After signing the 1989 Peace Accords on 2 December in Haadyai, former Deputy IGP (later IGP) Tan Sri Rahim Noor (right) seemed to have had happy hour with Chin Peng (left).

In a cocktail party, Abdullah C.D. (left) joined in. The face that appears directly behind Chin Peng (centre) belongs to Rashid Maidin.

Abdullah C.D, Chin Peng and Rashid Maidin signed the Peace Accords on behalf of the Communist Party of Malaya as its Chairman, Secretary-General and Central Committee Member respectively. Rahim Noor, among other signatories, signed on behalf of the Government of Malaysia as Deputy Inspector-General, Royal Malaysia Police. (see Kitti Ratanachaya., The Communist Party of Malaya, Malaysia And Thailand, Bangkok, Duangkaew, 1996)

Nine years later in 1998, Chin Peng accepted interviews with Malaysia's Chinese-language Sin Chew Jit Poh and UK's BBC.

In that year, he also went to Britain to conduct archival research on the 'Emergency' or Anti-Colonial Armed Struggle for the writing of his memoirs.

In 1999, Chin Peng became a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University (ANU). After his memoirs Alias Chin Peng: My Side of History has became a best seller in Malaysia and Singapore, he paid a three-day low-profile visit to Singapore and spoke at the Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS) in October 2004. Last year, he filed his home-coming lawsuit at the Penang High Court.

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