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Meniti Lautan Gelora: Sebuah Memoir Politik
Author: Said Zahari
Publisher: Utusan Publications & Distributors Sdn Bhd
Number of page: 374
Memoir ini menyingkap kisah suka duka Said Zahari sebagai wartawan Utusan Melayu yang menjadi suara rakyat menyuarakan hasrat kemerdekaan daripada penjajahan British. Tekanan dan himpitan yang diterima Said Zahari dalam mempertahankan Utusan Melayu sebagai akhbar bebas daripada mana-mana tekanan parti politik memaksa beliau melancarkan mogok Utusan pada Julai 1961 yang akhirnya membawa beliau tersingkir dari Malaya.
Menyebut nama Said Zahari ramai yang mengecapnya sebagai komunis dan atas alasan itu jugalah Lee Kuan Yew memenjarakan beliau selama 17 tahun. Memoir ini menceritakan kisah sebenar tuduhan terhadap beliau dan mengapa beliau dipenjarakan selama 17 tahun sehingga dibebaskan pada 22 Ogos 1979.
Sama ada kita bersetuju atau tidak dengan penulisan Pak Said, kita tidak dapat menafikan bahawa Pak Said adalah sebahagian daripada sejarah Utusan dan Utusan adalah sebahagian daripada sejarah Malaysia. Sama ada mereka berhaluan kiri atau kanan, orang seperti Pak Said menjadikan Utusan itu hebat.
Zainuddin Maidin (Zam)
The Strait Times, Singapura
15 Januari 2001
Author: Khong Kim Hoong
The study fills in certain gaps in existing knowledge of this critical period in Malayan politics, with analysis of the conflicts between the British Military Administration and the Communists, the radical reaction to the Malayan Union proposals and the Federation of Malayan Agreement, and the agitation for constitutional democracy.
Social Roots of the Malay Left
Author: Rustam A. Sani
Number of page: 80
Modern Malay politics is said to have divided into a ‘left’ and a ‘right’ stream from the 1930s. The differences between the two poles are not to be equated to our conceptions of such terms but instead they indicate the respective Malay political parties’ affinity to prevalent ideologies; the educational backgrounds of leaders; and the influence exerted by leftist anticolonial Indonesian political exiles.
This book makes this largely academic debate available to a wider public, contextualising KMM’s founding within early 20th century transformations of Malay and Malayan society—especially the emergence of an elite alienated from, and dissatisfied with, traditional court-based power. It argues that the Malay Left emerged within the new elite’s two-pronged struggle: against colonialism and against the traditional rulers who were the only ones allowed a ‘voice’.
A good read for anyone wishing to go beyond the generally airbrushed and bland versions of Malay, Malayan, and Malaysian history.
The Long Nightmare: My 17 Years as a Political Prisoner
Author: Said Zahari
Publisher: Utusan Publications & Distributors Sdn Bhd
Number of page: 186
Said emerges from these memoirs as a dedicated husband, father and friend, committed to and willing to undergo tremendous hardship and sacrifice for his anticolonial and progressive ideals.
“An inspiration to all, then and now, Said Zahari and his comrades lost, but struggled with their principles and dignity intact and uncompromised, despite making tremendous sacrifices. Theirs would have been a different Malaysia and Singapore, probably with less economic growth and foreign domination, but probably more united, less harsh and with different, more human and decent values and priorities.”
The People’s Constitutional Proposals for
Author: Drafted by PUTERA-AMCJA
Publisher: Ban Ah Kam
The constitutional Proposals and their exposition, which follow in Part Two, hav been drawn up by the Pusat Tenaga Ra’ayat and the All-Malaya Council of Joint Action.
It is necessary at the outset to review the political developments in Malaya during the period since the liberation of the country from the Japanese.It was clear, when the war was over, that the pre-war system of administration had to be drastically reformed, and that the cumbersome threefold structure and Settlements, Federated Malay States and Unfederated Malay States should be replaced by a unified system of administration under strong, central government.
The War In South – the story of Negeri Sembilan’s guerillas
Author: Shan Ru-hong
Publisher: Mental Health Publishing
Number of page: Not Specified
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In 1941 the population was 370,000 made up of 160,000 Malays, 150,000 Chinese and 50,000 Indians; orang asli and others of mixed race made up the rest.
The economy was based mainly on mining with dredgers at Titi and Rahang, and agriculture, mainly rubber and palm oil, rice, fruit and vegetables. The proccesing industry was less developed than commerce. Shops dominated the towns.
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Author: Fong Chong Pik
Number of page: 286
Fong Chong Pik, or Fang Chuang Pi or Lee Ping, or “The Plen” as he variously known, spent his twilight years, post 1989 Peace Accord, contemplating and writing about his life on the flipside of Malayan history. Longing to return home at last but never allowed to, he was acutely aware of how he, and the Left, had been written out, or excoriated, in the official accounts of Singapore’s independence struggles.
Raised in Singapore, Fong Chong Pik saw himself as a Malayan, and a patriot, in the footsteps of the brave World War 2 anti-Japanese resistance heroes. In turns humorous, exuberant, savagely bitter, and nostalgic, his memoirs sharply recall the moral and political dilemmas and struggles of growing up in the 1950s. Here are vignettes of risky underground propaganda work; a Kafkaesque arrest and interrogation by the mobilization; exile; and life as a Communist guerilla in the jungles straddling the border of Malaysia and Thailand. Significantly, he tries to set the record straight about his secret meetings with Lee Kuan Yew. His writing is shot through with his sheer love of life: adventure, schoolboy reminisces, pranks, and a deep affinity with nature.
The vividly told episodes of courage, treachery, honour, and loss will leave you wanting to know more about the true history of Singapore as part of Malaya, and the men and women who have been forgotten
Author: Khong Kim Hoongs
Product ID: 256
Merdeka! describes the explosive situation in
Price: MYR 40.00
Author: Collin Abraham
No of Pages: 245
According to this scholarly polemic by Collin Abraham, with the promulgation of the Haadyai Peace Accord in 1989, Malaysia finally took its place among independent nations of the world after centuries under the yoke of colonialism.
Any attempt to explore an event in the history of the guerrilla warfare in Malaya from a social science perspective is bound to be fraught with theoretical and conceptual problems. Nevertheless, social scientist Abraham has managed to wade through the deep end of this malaise by dissecting the defining milestones that led to the peace accord: the roots of the anti-colonial resistance in Malaya in the late-18th century, racial polarisation, the Malayan Union, the colonial transformation of Chinese society, the Japanese Occupation, the Malayan Communist Party, the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960), the Baling Talks (1955), to the Haadyai Peace Accord in 1989.
The author’s concerns and observations, though gripping they may be, are bound to be controversial and contentious and will likely lead to dissenting arguments among many parties; they are, however, not meant to be the be all and end all to this period of Malaysian history, but serve as an invitation to further debate on this dark period of Malaysian history.
An intriguing chronicle of events leading to the way we are today. This is required reading for anyone who cares about the historical evolution of Malaysia and where we are heading
Memoir Ahmad Boestamam: Merdeka dengan Darah dalam Api. 2004. ISBN 967-942-612-6 (Paperback). 384hlm. RM55.00. Ahmad Boestamam.