Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Ms. Eng Ming Ching now in Cambridge history

Veteran of the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM), Eng Ming Ching (pix above/right) or now more popularly known as Suriani Abdullah has been listed as one of the seventy four Key Characters in the newly released 673-page Forgotten Wars: The End of Britain's Asian Empire (London, Penguin/Allen Lane, 2007) authored by world-renowned Cambridge historians Christopher Bayly and Tim Harper.

The description of her in the book (xix) reads: "Eng Ming Ching (b.1924). Joined the Malayan Communist Party in Perak in 1940 and played a leading role as a women's activist in the 'open' organization of the party after 1945. Took to the jungle in 1948, and assigned to the Malay 10th Regiment. In 1955 married Abdullah C.D. and took the name Suriani Abdullah".
Inside the main contents of Forgotten War: The End of Britain's Asian Empire, the name Eng Ming Ching appears, as a principal actor in the history of the beginning of the end of the British Empire in Asia, in seven pages, namely pp. 39, 58, 119, 126, 128, 196 and 203. Eng Ming Ching's own autobiography titled Memoir Suriani Abdullah: Setengah Abab Perjuangan (Petaling Jaya, SIRD, 2006) was first written and published in the Malay language.

There is also a full and complete Chinese-language edition of her memoirs (Petaling Jaya, SIRD, 2007) in public circulation now.

At 82, she now lives with her husband Abdullah C.D., children and grandchildren inin Ban Chulabhorn 12 in Sukhirin, southern Thailand.

My book listed by Singapore' s military library

Karl Marx's works now in Indonesian language

Pak Rashid's brother-in-law Cao Qi Tai passes

Suriani's Malay memoirs now out in Mandarin

Communist Eng Ming Ching memoirs out now