Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Rashid Maidin's memoirs now out in Mandarin

The memoirs of the late Rashid Maidin (1917-2006), which was originally written in Malay, has recently been published in Chinese and it is now available in all major Chinese bookshops. I have read part of it and found the translation to be accurate and faithful to the original text as the translator, who is also a veteran communist and comrade of Rashid, first learnt the Malay language from the author as early as 1955.

Recruited by martyr Toh Lung San to join the party as early as 1941 just before the Japanese invasion, the trilingual Rashid was probably the most well-known top leader of the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) after Chin Peng as both of them were the party's representatives to the 1955 Baling Peace Talk as well as signatories to the 1989 Malaysia-CPM Peace Accords. Rashid passed away as a proud and honourable communist on 1 September, 2006 (Friday) which was the 64th anniversary of the 9/1 Martyrs' Day.

A public tribute to Rashid Maidin (1917-2006)

A people's monument for Rashid Maidin in KL

Rashid Maidin's indestructible spirit honoured

Pak Said salutes friend, patriot Rashid Maidin

Farewell, salute to Pak Rashid !