Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Communist Abdullah' s version of 'Emergency'

Very glad to have received a complimentary copy of Memoir Abdullah C.D. (Bahagian Kedua) - Penaja dan Pemimpin Rejimen Ke-10 (Kuala Lumpur, SIRD, 2007) which is a sequel to Memoir Abdullah C.D. (Bahagian Pertama) - Zaman Pergerakan Sehingga 1948 (Kuala Lumpur, SIRD, 2005). Pak Abdullah C.D. is a veteran of the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) who led the legendary all-Malay 10th Regiment of CPM's armed units from 1949 to 1989.

Inaugurated underground on 30 April 1930 in a rubber plantation workers' quarters near Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan, the Communist Party of Malaya was the first modern party that dedicated itself to end British colonialism in Peninsular Malaya and Singapore. In the period of 1941-1945, it led the only functioning armed resistance to Japanese occupation as a vital component of the worldwide Allied forces anchored on the the United States, United Kingdom, China, the former USSR and Charles de Gaulle's London-based Free France.

From late 1945 to mid-1948, it openly participated in the postwar public affairs of Peninsular Malaya and Singapore with the attainment of the independence of Malaya (Peninsular Malaya plus Singapore) as the principal and paramount objective.

In the wake of the massive and brutal repression against progressive movements for national self-determination that culminated in the proclamation of the so-called 'Emergency' by the colonial regime on 20 June, 1948, the party went underground and took up arms in the jungles again to fight for the independence of Malaya.

Although the Union Jack was formally lowered and symbolically folded up on 31 August 1957 in Peninsular Malaya, colonial forces and mercenaries continued to station and operate in Malaya on a massive scale under the Anglo-Malayan Defence Agreement (AMDA) and CPM's war for national liberation therefore continued.

As AMDA (renamed Anglo-Malaysian Defence Agreement in 1963) was replaced in 1971 by the Five Power Defence Arrangments (FPDA) which does not commit Malaysia to hosting any foreign troops on its territory and as the last Commonwealth Strategic Reserve (CSR) troops withdrew from Butterworth in 1984, the possibility for national peace and reconciliation became real.

Also, from the early 1970s onward, the Alliance/National Front regime, under tremendous pressures from the people domestically and progressive forces operating at the regional as well as global levels, also gradually shifted its foreign policy from Tunku Abdul Rahman's 'Cold Warrior' and one-sidedly pro-Western orientation (1957-1970) to a more neutralist and balanced posture or approach.

On 2 December, 1989, the Communist Party of Malaya signed the historic Haadyai Peace Accords with the Government of Malaysia under the premiership of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad terminating the 1957-1989 National Civil War. The CPM also signed a related peace treaty with the Government of Thailand on the same day in Haadyai ending all armed activities on Thai territory bordering Malaysia.

Another communist auto-biography in English

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Karl Marx's works now in Indonesian language

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Launching of Dr. Abraham' s new history book


Blogger Monsterball said...

To my mind, the CPM's campaign after 1957 was simply to install a Communist regime to rule Malaya.

Anyway, I will look out for the book, it will be interesting reading, whether I agree with it or not.

3:05 AM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

you just believe but I reason.

3:47 AM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

if CPM took power in Malaya/Malaysia and mainland China remains under the reign of the Kuomintang regime, may be it is the People's Republic of Malaya which extends USD 800 million soft loan at 3% to the mainland for building a second bridge in Shanghai.

7:03 AM  
Blogger Monsterball said...

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8:14 PM  
Blogger Monsterball said...

I was thinking more about the Killing Fields museum at Tuol Seng, in Pnom Penh.
I went there a few years ago, and I wept, like I haven't wept for a long , long time.

8:20 PM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

I am thinking of Communist Cuba's healthcare system and high level of scientic achievement in medicine which is free for all people.

11:34 PM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

Also, when I saw Dr. Lim Hock Siew and other victim of Singapore's capitaliasm, I also wept. I also wept for the 500,000 Indonesians who were murdered by anti-communists in the 1965-1966 massacre.

11:37 PM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

I also weep for the thousands of Chileans who were killed, murdered in the 1973 anti-communist coup.

11:43 PM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

Want some more concrete and specific examples of ANTI-COMMUNIST atrocities? like the 1927 Shanghai Massacre of communists by Chiang Kai Sek-hired gangsters? Or, Saddam Hussein's persecution of Iraqi communists? Let me know if and when you are free to listen to stories of anti-communist cruelties and atrocities.

11:47 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

The CPM struggle is nothing more than a smoke screen for the Chinese to take over this land. Of cause they will give some consolation prize to Malays such as a deputy post if they manage to wrestle the power. It is nothing more and nothing less..

7:32 PM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

Wow! even communism is racialised in the Umno-MCA paradigm (albeit in reverse) and projected retrosctively before there was Umno and MCA. The fixation is pathetic. I refer, of course, to Sham's comment.

11:18 PM  

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