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wFriday, July 21, 2006

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I just finished reading Sharaad Kuttan's article that appeared in entitled: "Lelaki Komunis Terakhir: Why have we reconciled with the Japanese and the British, but not the Communists?" I am intrigue in the way Sharaad wrote the following sentence:

"Chin Peng's nationalist credentials are, up to the end of World War Two, undisputed. He was then at the extraordinarily young age of twenty-one. By his 24th birthday he would find himself on the other side of the barricades in a civil war, which would cynically re-construct his image with demonic overtones. If the anti-Communist propaganda is to be believed, the "brutalities" of the Communist out-weighs that of the British colonialism and the Japanese military occupation."

This is the sad facts of propaganda and how our thoughts are easily manipulated by it. After years of carrying out research for Gurisan Intaglio, I have painfully discovered that many of my generation just cannot comprehend with the fact that the Japanese have once occupied us and many individuals have suffered tremendously during their occupation. They often hear the "brutalities" of the Communist, yet they never heard of the British brutality during their colonialisation of Malaya. Some, cannot even grasp the idea why our forefathers want to seek independence from the British in the first place.

Oh, I'm heading to Singapore next week to buy the DVD version of Lelaki Komunis Terakhir. I hope I can find the DVD at HMV or Borders. I like the scene where Bahari Bahgunung (a very handsome abang-abang, katanya), climbs a petai tree to harvest the petai nut and then drives his truck to town. The DVD is worth buying for these scenes alone. Boleh gituh?

Lelaki Komunis Terakhir is available on VCD and DVD in Singapore. Amir says: "Possession of this VCD or DVD in Malaysia is a criminal offence since it is banned. If you are caught with it, you can be fined up to RM50,000 or jailed up to five years. Don't say I didn't warn you."

Articles in about Lelaki Komunis Terakhir

Bringing Chin Peng Home by Sharaad Kuttan

Where have all the Commies Gone? by Zedeck Siew

Communist Food by Pang Khee Teik

posted by Nizam Zakaria at 10:44 AM |