Thursday, August 10, 2006

Old friend of martyr William Kuok Hock Ling

I met fellow ex-MP and lawyer Datuk Dominique Puthucheary last night at the diplomatic cocktail party to celeberate Singapore's National Day. Dominique's brother James was a leftwing economist and two of Dominique's best childhood friends, Straits Times reporter William Kuok Hock Ling @ Peng Cheng and Jacko Thambo were martyred in the anti-colonial war.

William and Jacko fell in actions in 1953/54 in the jungles of Pahang and Selangor respectively. In our conversation last night, Dominique still vividly remembered with pride his two childhood buddies who shed their blood and sacrificed their lives for true Merdeka for our Tanah Air and Rakyat.

Remembering the martyrs

Merdeka history in new light

The charming 'firebrand'