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Thursday 1 January 2009

The Shemozzle about Comrade Chin Peng

No: 1/2009

The whole thing about this Chin Peng fellow must be looked at in perspective. I support bringing him back so that he can be tried for all the atrocities committed at his behest. The greatest weapon against the romanticised version of Malayan Communism is showing that justice be done. You know, the saying about justice being not only done, but SEEN to be done. In 1949 at his 2nd Jungle Conference in Pahang, he recounted the success in killing 482 people killed including 24 planters and over 400 more wounded in the first half of 1948. yes, Comrade Chin Peng started his war of Liberation in 1948.

Chin Peng is no historical bandit Song Jiang and his 36 companions. Certainly they were no outlaws of the marsh. The CTs who followed him were certainly not in the league of Lu Junyi, Guan Sheng, Ruan Xiao, Ruan Xiaowu, Ruan Xiaoqi, Liu Tang, Hua Rong and Wu Yong. Disqualified from the exalted list of freedom fighters, included those who joined comrade Chin Peng later. They were also not of the calibre of Sun Li, Yang Zhi, Lin Chong, Lu Zhishen and Wu Song. The end of British rule was not the end of the Song dynasty. The jungles of Termerloh or Perak were not the Liangshan Mountain, protected by marshes, enabling them to defy armies sent against them.

So what’s the fuss about comrade Chin Peng? Unless the real reason for glorifying comrade Chin Peng is really a version of someone’s wet dream of romanticising comrade Chin Peng. Or even worse, elevating the status of Chin Peng is really an underhanded attempt to snub Malay sensitivities. What’s so heroic about comrade Chin Peng? He was murderous. His minions killed Arthur Walker, the manager of Elphil Estate in Sungai Siput. Murdered too were John Allison and Ian Christian of Sungai Siput Estate. Or perhaps murdering Caucasians did not count as murder as in war for freedom, all is fair eh? You mean, just because RPK says something nice about him, then it must be right?. It SEEMS right because it fits snugly within the bosomy embrace of Chinese chauvinism.

But hey- wasn’t it the notorious RPK who became the chief champion of Chin Pengism? And RPK is for all intents and purposes, a Malay. In RPK’s case, rallying behind an underdog is perhaps just an elaborate exercise of nose thumping UMNO and BN. RPK’s glorifying of comrade Chin Peng is of no significant value.

Ah, weren’t there Malays in the communist movement? One out 20 CTs being Malay, qualifies the communist army as freedom fighters? Here’s the real thing- the presence of Malay CT’s and poor misguided souls was the Communist version of Ali Baba. Abdullah CD who commanded the 10th Regiment operating in the jungles of Pahang, was murderous too. Make a few Malays looked important, so people can say, Malayan communism’s war, was a war for freedom. Accepting this hoax, will confirm our stupidity.

Now, why should I accept Chin Peng as a nationalist fighter, when I am hard-pressed to accept certain Malay warriors as nationalist fighters? Ask any Chinese whether they accept Tok Gajah and Dato Bahaman as freedom fighters, you would probably be tiu-ed. Then, would the request to accept comrade Chin Peng as a nationalist freedom fighter be a reasonable one, given the fact that the majority in this country are Malays? Lu gila ka?

If you were to ask me, would you regard Dato Bahaman, Mat Kilau, Tok Gajah, Tok Janggut and others of the same description, freedom fighters, I will hesitate for a moment. Every society romanticised about their favourite heroes. In China, bandits and brigands were looked upon with awe and respect. Historical figures were seen as symbols of rebellion against oppression. We like to feel we are on the side of the people.

Tok Janggut’s rebellion was an uprising against unjust taxes by the British occupying administration in Kelantan. While noble in intention, what he started wasn’t able to develop into an organised country-wide uprising. Therefore it could not be classified as a war of freedom. It was just a skirmish within the empire.

The Pahang chiefs rebellion was also an uprising against the British. But the fight they undertook was different from Tok Janggut’s. Tok Janggut was not a territorial chief. These Pahang chiefs were. They were therefore fighting not solely for an injustice.

I know I will be accused of insensitivity and lacking in nationalistic pride to cast suspicions on the motives of the main protagonists in the Pahang Rebellion. That would even more surprising given the fact that I come from the bloodline one of these. Be that as it may, I shall not play to the gallery.

I will say their motives were not exactly pure. They had ulterior motives. Bahaman and Tok Gajah being territorial chiefs stood to loose much when the British took over their monopolistic interests. Hence, their rebellion was just an extension of their economic interests. Cut off from sources of revenue, would entail diminution of their political influence. Therefore I will not say, they were completely freedom fighters. They were rebelling against the British because their own monopoly over the collection of taxes were taken away.

The murder against Birch and Tok Janggut’s rebellion I think would come closer to a truer definition of a fight against oppression. Birch was murdered as he represented rapacious colonial government bent on pushing colonial system down the throats of natives. Tok Janggut was rebelling against colonial greed.

Now ask this: Comrade Chin Peng was doing what? A place in the history of Malaysia? Pray tell, where? In the footnotes detailing the gruesome details of murder? It’s all shemozzle.


Saya... 1 January 2009 at 09:35  
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Saya... 1 January 2009 at 09:41  
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Saya... 1 January 2009 at 09:44  


It is all about beer goggles

Research has shown that "beer goggles" are real — other people really do look more attractive to us if we have been drinking. Even the same sex. Ditto Chin Peng.

I think RPK had one too many pints at the Wharf.

Saya... 1 January 2009 at 09:45  

(Sorry erasing, erasing dato...practising my html links, errors tadi)

Ir. Hanafi Ali 1 January 2009 at 10:12  

I used to "walk with" RPK, but I no longer do.

It is hard to support a man who thinks he is always right and others is always wrong.

Ariff Sabri 1 January 2009 at 10:37  

woi an nimr- in gambak siapa hah? hang punya masa kecil ka? beautiful rattan chair- hehe

Saya... 1 January 2009 at 10:39  

Ya tok,

God how I miss those days of blissful innocence and ignorance...heheh

de minimis 1 January 2009 at 12:25  

bro Sak

I recall looking at black&white photos of my brothers in the uniform of the auxilliary police in the 1950s. That is my only link to the fear that Chin Peng and his cohorts wrought in M'sia.

Then, while schooling, there was the episode where the Perak CPO was assasinated. Then the Deputy IGP was assasinated. The National Monument was blasted.

These were acts done after Merdeka. Chin Peng and his cohorts did everything they could to put fear into the lives of ordinary Malaysians.

Many Chinese Malaysians in the rural areas were threatened by Chin Peng and his cohorts. Many more were killed by them. Whose freedom was Chin Peng fighting for? Certainly my family preferred the freedom that Merdeka offered over any fake freedom that Chin Peng offered.

So, I'm with you on this brother Sak. This fuss over Chin Peng is a lot of baloney.

Saya... 1 January 2009 at 12:37  

De minimis,

Yes, my mother showed me pics of my grandfather leading his platoon through the jungles combating the communists. I still have one which was black and white which my mum attempted to get the shop to "colorize". And he was severely injured by a booby trap set by them during one of his missions. He survived.

What nonsense these people are writing is an insult to the memory of the real fighters for peace and freedom.

I wonder why the likes of RPK are still around and not locked up forever (in place of the unjustly incarcerated so-called JI operatives) when they cause so much dissension and stoke a lot of racial, and religious hatred amongst the people with their clearly skewed, deliberately provocative and delusional writings.

Anonymous,  1 January 2009 at 12:42  

Malay never had an exemplary hero - truely courageous and consistent in their pursuit of good.

Neither Hang Tuah nor hang Jebat fit. Both represented diammetrical opposite in value that became an inherited dilemma in our society.

Nevertheless, it should not defer us to perservere to be heroes in our own right and ensure true hero worthy for society to endear and emulate not be denied their rightful position of respect.

Our heroes should not be narrowed to only royals, politicians and warriors for they have disappointed us in facing up to adversary from abroad.

It was the resilient of common people that sustain the 500 years of abuse and infliction from colonials and decaying values of the ruling elites to retain the true Malay value.

Alas, the true Malay heroes that was never acknowledged but often psychologically suppressed.

BaitiBadarudin 1 January 2009 at 15:09  

Dear Anon 12:42,
That is why we should start writing from the perspective of social history, or the people's (not the elite's) version of history.

Kembara Politik 1 January 2009 at 21:48  

Dato' Sak,
Do read mine at

Anonymous,  2 January 2009 at 23:11  

RPK is my hero.

Never have we come across such a brave man who stands for what is right and what is wrong.

Only blind people dispute that.

He is the source of inspiration none of you nor me can even come close.

He should be the PM of Malaysia!

Snakebite 6 January 2009 at 14:04  

Chin Peng has a very low view of the malay communist. None was mentioned in his book. The only mention of the 10th Regiment is to show how weak and unprepared they were by being easily wiped out by the Kuomintang.

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