Friday, May 19, 2006

Memoirs of a multi-dimensional communist

Do you know the most influential book that caused Suriani Abdullah aka Eng Ming Ching to become a communist was not Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto or Mao Zedong's On Contradiction, but the Chinese-language translation of American journalist Edgar Snow's Red Star Over China?

Do you know the former Ipoh MGS girl can write Bahasa Melayu not only in Rumi but also Jawi? Do you know she can play electronic organ and acted as the main character in the opera Swan Lake while she was a student? Do you know Jawaharlal Nehru visited Ipoh in 1946 and she represented the Communist Party of Malaya to deliver speeches to crowds in public rallies welcoming the leader of India's independence movement?

Do you know when she went into jungle again after the outbreak of the anti-colonial war in June 1948 and rejoined Abdullah CD's Malay guerilla unit in central Pahang, they mostly spoke to one another in English? Why?

What did Suriani and her husband Abdullah CD say or do when they met HRH Sultan Azlan Shah for two hours in a palace in Kuala Lumpur on 1 December, 1998?

Buy and read Setengah Abad Dalam Perjuangan - Memoir Suriani Abdullah (Kuala Lumpur, SIRD, 2006) to explore more dimensions of a real, not tiruan, imaginary, hallucinatory or stereotyped, anti-fascist and anti-colonial fighter.


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