Friday, August 31, 2007

Malaysia's 50th Independence Coverage by Ex-Coloner Media (2): The BBC

Finally, something from Jonathan Kent:

It is not true.

Indeed the one surviving key player from the independence struggle is not Malay at all. He is Malaysian Chinese, and he is not welcome in the land of his birth.

Chin Peng was once Malaysia's most wanted man

Chin Peng, leader of the Communist Party of Malaya, did as much as anyone to bring about Malaya's independence.

With 5-10,000 armed guerrillas he tied down tens of thousands of Commonwealth troops in a ruinously expensive war.

"If there hadn't been a boom in rubber and tin prices in the 1950s, the British wouldn't have been able to afford to fight him," said Khoo Kay Kim, emeritus Professor of History at University Malaya.

What the communists did was to focus British minds on a political settlement.

Read the rest of the story here.

I have to say that unlike what they did with Ghana (which includes interviews and such), the 50th Independence wasn't given that much of prominence by the BBC. Well, of course, with Diana, who the hell cares about Malaysia?

Diana overshadows Malaysia.

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