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Syed Husin Ali: Memoirs of a Political Struggle

Syed Husin Ali: Memoirs of a Political Struggle
SYNOPSIS

Memoirs of a Political Struggle. This book contains Syed Husin Ali’s recollections and reflections on his struggles to establish justice, truth and welfare for the people. It relates his participation, activities, experiences and views on a number of political events related to the people. The author describes early childhood experiences, parental influences, as well as family, educational, academic and non-academic environments as they have influenced to a great extent the attitudes and views of the writer towards politics, which he has been involved with for more than half a century.

The issues focused in the Memoirs are therefore related to the participation and experiences of the author, including his views and thoughts on the political development, events and controversies that have taken place over time within the parties he has been a member of and the country as a whole.

The Memoirs also provide backgrounds to and clarifications on several issues, such as: what happened after the opposition parties captured five states, the formation of PAKATAN, attempts by UMNO-BN to topple the PAKATAN-controlled state governments, especially Selangor, and the attempt by Anwar to win over the central government in connection with the 16th September event, which has been regarded by some as a failure.

An attempt is also made to reveal and even explain the decision process among the leaders of the parties and the things that led them to make various political decisions, most of which are unknown or unfamiliar to the public.

This book is a translation of the original Malay language version. It contains several amendments and corrections and includes two new sections – one on the APCET II conference and another on the author’s deportation from Indonesia during the Suharto regime – both of which were unfortunately overlooked during the preparation of the Malay version. It also has a list of abbreviations and indexes which are absent in the Malay edition. In a way, this present version appears to be a better version of the author’s Memoirs.

Background of the author, Syed Husin Ali
Syeh Husin Ali came to adulthood at a time in the history of Malaya when the dawn of independence beckoned with promises of a new and better life for all who had been oppressed by British colonialism.

Husin hails from a poor family. Given his intelligence and educational achievements at that dawn, he could have had any position he wanted in any racially chauvinistic political party and made his “pot”. However, he never forgot his roots and those who toiled to produce the wealth of this country. Husin chose to walk together and in the footsteps of the early Malay left nationalist leaders like Ahmad Boestaman, Ishak Haji Muhamad, Burhanuddin Al-Helmy, etc.

True to his belief, Husin spent 6 years under the ISA to uphold justice for struggles of the Baling peasants and Tasik Utara’s homeless. Later, when presented with the challenge to continue in his relatively comfortable university position or lead party politics with Parti Rakyat and live frugally, he chose the latter and was forced to resign from his teaching post. And when another challenge presented itself in the form of Parti Rakyat merging with Keadilan National to widen the base for a meaningful political struggle against UMNO, it was taken up.

The Memoirs’ publication is very timely at this hour when young Malaysians, in particular, Malay youths, are searching to know the role of the progressive Malay Left in the struggle of the country’s independence and make sense of the 50 years of failed nation-building.

BOOK DETAIL
Title: Syed Husin Ali: Memoirs of a Political Struggle
Author/Editor: Syed Husin Ali
New Pb 273 pp.
Subjects: Biography & Memoir, Politics
ISBN: 9789675832499
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2012
Price : RM45.00*
*excluding postage charges

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