Monday, November 06, 2006

Dr.Abraham: Chin Peng is "a freedom fighter"

(NEW) Dr. Collin Abraham (left), a civil servant in charge of social welfare and developmental plans under the administrations of former PMs Tunku Abdul Rahman as well as Tun Abdul Razak and an Associate Professor in Sociology for 18 years with the University of Malaya, soft-launched his new book " The Finest Hour" - The Malaysian-CPM Peace Accord in Perspective (Kuala Lumpur, SIRD, 2006) on last Saturday moring at the Royal Selangor Club. In the Q-&-A session, Dr. Abraham called Chin Peng "a freedom fighter".

The book also includes the Forwards written by another ex-PM Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, serving BN MP for Kota Baru Zaid Ibrahim, myself and University of Malaya's Associate Professor in Economics Dr. Edmund Terence Gomez (left). Dr. Abraham's "bold" and "extraordinary" book is going to be formally launched by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad soon.

Earlier on 5 June (Mon) this year, The Sun newspaper also published an interview with a retired captain of the British Army, Lawrence Chew, 82, who publicly hails the Setiawan-born Chin Peng as "a freedom fighter".

Chew reportedly said that during the 'Emergency' between 1948 and 1960, Chin Peng fought against the British who had re-colonised Malaya after the Japanese withdrew, and not against the people.

Chew also reportedly said that, during the Occupation when many were killed by the Japanese invaders, "Chin Peng gathered people and led them into the jungle for survival" and later "taught and trained the British forces to fight the Japanese in the jungle".

Chew himself joined the British Army at 17 and fought alongside the communist guerrilla forces. After the outbreak of the anti-colonial war in June 1948, Chew fought his communist ex-allies until 1950.

Chew, who now lives in Selayang, calls for the ban on Amir Mouhammad Lelaki Komunis 'Terakhir' to be lifted and Chin Peng be allowed to return to his homeland.

British Army WWII veteran defends Chin Peng