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    Chin Peng's Book.

    Anybody read Chin Peng's book "My Side of the Story" yet?

    My mother is from Baling, used to live near the school where CPM Chin Peng and Tunku had their failed meeting in 1955. Of course, I was not born yet then. But years later, everytime mother brough me back to her 'kampung', she would point to the school and said Tunku and Chin Peng once met there.

    CHL., are you from that era? Mind to share your first hand experience during the emergency period?

    My grandma used to tell us the commies were robbers and thieves hiding in the jungle.

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    One has to read the book & the book written by English man Chapman titled 'the Jungle is Neutral" to judge. They are not thieves or robbers.
    I found the 'jungle is neutral' in 1 of the book rental stalls, I did not return that book & intended to keep it for good even I have read it before. Since than the book when in circulation and finally lost in the process.
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    Both my father and mother came from the CPM heartland. The publicity over Chin Peng's books opened up quite a lot of memories.

    I listen. Many unspeakable truths. Many mistakes were made. Although, some acted out as individuals. Whether Chin Peng condoned it or even knew about it, he cannot disassociate himself from it. They gave it a name, gave it a cause, gave the cause a name. Put violent power into the hands of kids.

    To the ordinary citizens, they were thieves, murderers. To others, they were heroes.

    Listen. Learn.

    Kids killing other kids. Times were vey different then. We cannot use our current values to make judgements.

    Listen. Learn. Remember.

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    Uchangeng - Chen Peng's wars were just before my time but I could tell you many first hand stories of the Confrontation with Sukarno's Indonesia. As I sit here, I could almost hear the heavy rotors of the Wessex helicopters (I remembered that I was comparing with wonder only a kid could have because I was looking at the real helicopters and the one in my hands assembled from an Airfix kit - I believe, at 90 cents and imported from England at that time) bringing in the wounded and landing on the field opposite my house.... If others are interested as well, let me know.
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    Chin Peng's Book.

    There was a confusion at first whether the book had been banned. When police confiscated copies from MPH etc, I laughed and laughed at the system. KDN would have approved it (with the same X-men in there) but when police created the scene, sorry babe, I'm not amused.

    Chin Peng failed to point out some pressing questions, which I'm not going to touch here. I have more books to contradict or corroborate Chin Peng's version (by the way, the Jungle is Neutral is one of dozens that I have in my library).

    My questions are not so much directed to the writer as they are for the 'knowledgeable' powers that be, and it's a simple question that has plagued me, even as I crawl and struggle in my Phd research presently:

    THE QUESTIONS:

    1. do you know that the Agreement between the government and CPM is a public domain document? Have you read it?

    2. If the answer is yes, HOW ON EARTH COULD THE GOVERNMENT SIGNED AN AGREEMENT with an UNLAWFUL society that's not registered under the Society's Act? Does it mean that government can also sign a peace treaty with Al-Qaeda or JI or AlMa'unah or HAMAS etc??

    Valid legal questions I suppose.
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    Shali, I have Chapman's too.

    When the fist one was worn and torn, I bought a new copy. Just can't resist the magic of those years when I was about to be born...

    Where can I get the text and video version of Tanemera?

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    You mean Noel Coward's book, Tanamera? The only place are the books rental and flea market in Amcorp Mall. The movie is called Tanamera - Lion of Singapore made in 1988. I believe it was shown on our TV quite a way back.
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    CHL... spot on. That's what I have been hunting.

    But I am looking for new copy. I got the showed taped on VHS, but had to throw them away... fungus...

    Hope to get it on DVD... wonder if ASTRO/Hallmark will pick it up for rerun?

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    Noel Coward's book is better than the mini series. He also wrote The Other Side of Paradise. There are a few writers you may want to look at (but you probably have read their books already); Colleen McCullough's The Thorn Birds which was made into a mini-series starring Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward in 1983. I would also recommend The Lover by Marguerite Duras and this was made into a movie in 1992 with Tony Leung Ka Fai and Jane March. The book began with 'One day, I was already old, in the entrance of a public place a man came up to me. He introduced himself and said: "I've known you for years. Everyone says you were beautiful when you were young, but I want to tell you I think you're more beautiful now than then. Rather than your face as a young woman, I prefer your face as it is now. Ravaged". I often think of the image only I can see now, and of which I've never spoken'. The reason why I mentioned these two other writers is because I thought you would be interested if you are interested in Noel Coward's writings. Same literary styles of the 1960s (even though McCullough was considered as a contemporary writer). In my view, in all the three cases, the books are better than the films. And don't watch The Lover in your living room with your young children. It contains quite a lot of sex scenes.

    A little bit about Noel Coward:

    Noel Coward (1899-1973)

    "Nol Coward is remembered as the most witty and elegant of theatrical personalities. He left behind over fifty plays, twenty-five films, hundreds of songs, and several books. Fortunately, he also left behind these diaries chronicling the last thirty years of his life, from 1941 to 1973. Moving through the theatrical, social, political, and historical worlds on both sides of the Atlantic, the impressive cast of characters includes Laurence Olivier, Frank Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, John and Jackie Kennedy, Harold Pinter, members of the Royal Family, and the Beatles, among a host of others. The Nol Coward Diaries is a social and theatrical chronicle as stylish and irresistible as the man himself.

    He never referred publicly to his own homosexuality, and would not allow his biographer Sheridan Morley to mention it, because of fears of losing royalties. He seemed to believe that the public was unsure about his sexuality, despite him writing and singing songs like Mad About the Boy. His A Song at Twilight has the closeted character Sir Hugh Latymer who is based on Somerset Maugham. His play Point Valaine is dedicated to Somerset Maugham
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    CHL.,

    I read Colleen McCullough. "The Thorn Brd" some 20 years ago when I was in the Uni..

    Have you also read Colleen McCullough's "Morgan's Run" ? Not bad. It is a novel about the English convicts back in the 1770s. If you like, I am be happy to loan you my "Morgan's Run" on condition that u loan me your Chapman. Deal?

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    Uchangeng - Oops. You have misread. I do not have Chapman's book. Jeff has the book.

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    Other books - sticking to the topic

    I'm not sure if Jeff is referring to Chapman Pincher's book. If that is the case, I have met this awesome gentleman in UK. I have even misplaced his letter to me that I received in the mid 80s. Chapman had been associated with British Intelligence and had writte some classic work on it. It's strange that I knew all along that Chin Peng was working for the British SIS/Security Service and therefore the Special Branch, that was located then, at the Phoenex Park of Singapore?

    By the way, for those who are keen on the intelligence development in Malaya, check this out:--

    1) British and Malaysian Covert Support for Rebel Movements in Indonesia during the 'Confrontation', 196366 by David Easter

    This essay examines the British and Malaysian response to Indonesia's guerrilla campaign of 'Confrontation' in Borneo. In particular it shows that from 1964 Britain and Malaysia covertly aided rebel groups in the outer Indonesian islands in an attempt to weaken the Confrontation campaign. The essay also reveals differences beween London and Kuala Lumpur over the political aims of covert action, with the Malays seeking to break up the Indonesian state.
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    2. Corpses, Prisoners of War and Captured Documents: British and Communist Narratives of the Malayan Emergency, and the Dynamics of Intelligence Transformation by Karl Hack

    British accounts of the Malayan Emergency argue intelligence underwent a major transformation in 195254, as part of a campaign-winning infusion of new leadership. This article uses the recent statements of Chin Peng, Secretary-General of the Malayan Communist Party from 1947, to construct a contrasting Communist analysis. One which sees the insurgent campaign as flagging by 1951, before intelligence reached its peak. It then tries to reconcile these contradictory British and Communist narratives. In so doing, it suggests a more incremental pattern of intelligence development. A pattern which was punctured by occasional efficiency boosting leaps forward, following key events such as the systemization of 'population control', and various leadership changes.
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    3. Content, Credibility and Context: Propaganda, Government Surrender Policy and the Malayan Communist Terrorist Mass Surrenders of 1958 by Kumar Ramakrishna

    This essay argues that while previous analyses of the Malayan Emergency are able to shed light on why the tide of the military campaign had swung in the government's favour by 1954, they cannot precisely explain why the disastrous mass Communist surrenders of 1958 which all but ended the Emergency occurred. The essay suggests rather that an examination of the content, credibility and context of the government surrender policy between 1949 and 1958 helps illuminate this issue. In particular it argues that by 1958, the extremely liberal Merdeka amnesty terms, together with increasing government credibility with the terrorists and a favourable strategic and political context, precipitated the MCP collapse.
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    4. Winning in Malaya: An Intelligence Success Story by Brian Stewart

    This study discusses the key role played by the Malayan government's intelligence community in the victory over the Malayan Communist Party. It argues that the successful development of the community's skills owed much to Templer and, in particular, to his insistence that intelligence was given due weight in the War Executive Committees and to the encouragement he gave to the work of the Chinese Affairs officers. The personal experience of the author as Secretary for Chinese Affairs Malacca is described and examples given of concrete steps taken during the 'hearts and minds' campaign and other successful psychological warfare activities.

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    5. The SIS Singapore Station and the SIS Far Eastern Controller by Philip H J Davies

    This contribution examines the development of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) regional headquarters, or 'controlling station' in Singapore between 1945 and 1965, and the status of regional 'controlling stations' within Britain's regional administrations on one hand, and her central intelligence machinery on the other. It is argued that the development of the SIS in Singapore brings into sharp relief the basic relationship between that agency and the overt workings of British government. That relationship constitutes what in American intelligence literature is called a 'pull architecture' in which operational goals and priorities are laid upon operational agencies rather than set by those agencies themselves. This is examined both in terms of the intelligence machinery in Singapore under the Commissioner-General for the UK in Southeast Asia, and in terms of the central intelligence tasking and dissemination mechanisms in London.
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    CHL.,

    OK., if you like, my "Morgan's Run" loan deal still on.

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    i remember reading "the jungle is neutral" when i was a teenager. my dad also took home a book called "i want to live", writeen by a CPM cadre about the glory and sufferings that they went through in their lives.
    despite all the sufferings and justifications that the CPM tell us about, patriotic or not, they do not justify their right to kill in the first place. Chin Peng may be a harmless old man today. But allowing him back into the country would send the wrong signal to other would be terrorists.

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    Come back can..but must serve jail time for all the killings that happened during his era...

    Where got meaning, come back to the home land nn be scott free to roam the country..

    He shud stand trial first!

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