Awas! The Organising of Radical Malay Women

By Fikri Fisal

March 2016 FEATURE
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Awas, Api and Geram demonstration held in Malacca on December 22, 1946.
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They were fighting for independence even before the Alliance, and yet their stories are often overshadowed. History is written by the winners, after all.Popular history in Malaysia dictates that independence was won by the right-wing groups – those friendly to the British authorities and the Malay aristocracy, under the Alliance flag paraded by Umno, MCA and MIC.This narrative ignores two things.First, the struggle of another equally important group – the leftists, better known as the radicals. As rivals to the...

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Fikri Fisal

is a simple guy who discovered the beauty of History while studying Actuarial Science at the University of Michigan. He wishes one day to be able to revamp the History subject in schools to be worthy of learning. He also admires professors with long white beards and is working hard to be like one.