Today, April 30, is Hari Parti Komunis Malaya.
I guess you won’t read this in the papers. So, I am telling it here.
20 years ago, the Haadyai agreement between the Communist Party of Malaya and the government to abandon arms struggle was inked, with much pomp and fair.
However, the existence of these soldiers who fought for Merdeka/Independence of Malaya continue to be ignored, news about them,totally black-out from the media until today.
These soldiers do not need a hero’s welcome or treatment, nor do they need money or medals. But as human beings, they do feel a need to be apart of Malaysia, which they fought for as well.
To share their side of history, they’ve started a blog. Yes, they are IT savvy, too. And this blog is important so that the generation to come will not be deprived of knowing that their freedom and independence come with a heavy price.
That across the borders into Thailand, exist a piece of history that should not be denied not forgotten by Malaysians.
By agreeing to abandon the arms struggle, by accepting their fate to live in Thailand, and by not fighting back when denied a chance to return home and get involved in politics, they gave then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad the full reign to govern this land for 22 years!
We all know how he governed!
The soldiers have gone on in age now, and have their own lives, many have died. Thanks to Thailand, they are at least able to live a decent but not so prosperous life, and raise their families. In their own words, they say:
“History is not made up of one explaination only. This blog does not say that the history you find here is the one and only true version or that only the 10th Regiment under CPM has spilled their blood and fought for the country’s Independence. But this blog would like all who are honest to the facts of history that their contribution cannot be denied.
Taking up arms to fight the colonialists is not something that is wrong. This does not mean that PKM did not want to struggle peacefully at that point in history. But the situation back then made it necessary for us to do so.
Many consider the CPM as a violent and cruel organisation as it launched an arms struggle. CPM was also said to have been led by the Chinese who wanted to colonialised Malaya. The truth is, this is not the case. CPM believes in the Communist ideology, which is based on humanism, social justice, unity and democracy. Its members comprised of all races, including Malays/Muslims and Indians.
Which is why this blog wants to record all the past history of the 10th Regiment so that the (wrong) perception of people can be rectified.
Authored by: Mat Amin, a soldier in the 10th Regiment, who joined the armed struggle, for nearly 20 years. He comes from a family of poor farmers.
Also read ‘The forgotten Women Warriors“. Many of these women are still alive today to tell their side of history.