Saturday, September 16, 2006

Exploring other sides of Merdeka history ...

On Thursday night, I (right) spoke at the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall on the alternative history of Merdeka to a multiethnic audience of about 70. On the same panel with me were veteran social scientist and well-known Malay-language writer Rustam A. Sani (left), PAS's think-tank chief Dr. Dzulkifri Ahmad (second from left) and DAP's Ronnie Liu (second from right).

The public forum, organised by NGO Youth For Change (Y4C), was inspired by a Malay-language commentary written by my kawan lama Dr. Dzulkifri recently in Harakah Online calling for recognition for hitherto non-official Merdeka struggles and fighters, including the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) as well as Chin Peng and his comrades such as Rashid Maidin, in official history.

PAS: Communist party helped secure Merdeka

Said Zahari: read Chin Peng’s memoirs with open mind

Sybil Kathigasu – new stories, same legend

The charming 'firebrand'

History of the Malay Left

Merdeka history in new light

Alternative accounts of Malaya's independence

A tale of two Malay communist memoirs

The fairer side of Malayan communism

Merdeka - a multi-faceted account

Komunis warisan Bahaman

Foreign troops on our soil: the true history

Tunku Abdul Rahman — the pro-West 'nationalist'

Opposition to Tunku's pro-West foreign policies


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