ISBN: 9810486936 Published: Oct 2003 Format: Paperback
Chin Peng joined the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) in January, 1940, as a 15 year old schoolboy. His commitment to the communist cause, the pre-war anti-colonial struggle against Britain and, eventually, guerrilla warfare against the Japanese invaders, saw him propelled rapidly to senior positions within the CPM party structure. By the age of 18 he had become the key link between the communists' Malayan Peoples Anti-Japanese Army (MPAJA) and Britain's clandestine Force 136, then endeavouring to set up intelligence-gathering operations behind enemy lines. Immediately following the Japanese surrender, Chin Peng was appointed to the Central Committee and, ultimately, his party's policy making Politburo. He was barely 21. At 23, he was formally named the CPM's Secretary General, it highest ranking figure. By June 1948, the Malayan Emergency erupted and Chin Peng, four months shy of his 24th year, became the British Empire's most wanted man. Brief Description: The autobiography of the legendary Chin Peng, the Malayan communist guerilla leader in the 12-year jungle war against British and Commonwealth forces from 1948 to 1960.