Monday, 20 October 2008

Shamsiah Fakeh dies: Al Fatiha...

Nationalist, woman rights activist and ex-communist guerrilla Shamsiah Fakeh passed away of old age at 9:00 this morning. She was 84.

According to Malaysiakini , Shamsiah has been unwell for some time now and was recently admitted to the UKM Hospital in Cheras last week.

She was buried at the Sungai Besi Muslim cemetery this evening after the Asar prayers.

Shamsiah was born in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan and became politically active during her student days.

During the height of nationalism right after the second world war, Shamsiah led the women's wing Angkatan Wanita Sedar (Awas) in Parti Kebangsaan Melayu Malaya in 1946.

And upon the ban on PKMM in 1848 by the British, she joined the 10th regiment of the Communist Party of Malaya. This regiment was predominantly made up of Malays.

As a communist guerrilla, Shamsiah spend eight years in the jungle fighting the authorities. She eventually fled Malaysia to Indonesia and Vietnam first before eventually ending in China.

She officially left CPM in 1968 but remained in China, working in a steel factory before appealing to the Malaysian government in mid-80s to be allowed to returnhome.

She and her family were finally allowed to return to Malaysia in 1994.

She returned to Malaysia after an absence of 40 years, along with her husband, their three sons and their four grandchildren.

In 2004, she wrote about her experience in CPM in a Bahasa Malaysia book ‘Memoir Shamsiah Fakeh - Dari AWAS ke Rejimen ke 10'.A new edition and a Chinese language edition was published in 2007. - Malaysiakini

Semoga Allah SWT merahmati rohnya. Amin

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Innalillahirajiun.Salam takziah kpd keluarga Allahyarham Bonda Shamsiah Fakeh.Semoga Allah SWT terima semua amal bakti nya.Semoga Allahyarham bersama para ambia yang soleh.Semoga semua orang Melayu tidak sia sia kan perjuangan dan segala pengorbanan Allahyarham dan juga Allahyarham Tan Sri Pak Samad .Hanya Allah SWT berhak menentukan balasan yang setimpal dan se adil adilnya. ALFATEHAH.
arjuna waspada.

puteri said...

Inna lillahi raji uun

Semoga Allah mencucuri rahmat ke atas roh Allahyarhamah.

Al fatiha.

Lee said...

Shamsiah Fakeh was among a few malay nationalists who fought against the British colonialists before Merdeka.Like Datuk Onn, she was far ahead of her time in wanting a multiracial, really free and equitable society!May she rest in peace.

PM said...

kepimpinan beliau tidak dipengaruhi oleh kepentingan peribadi walaupun beliau adalah wanita dan caranya tidak diterima oleh masyarakat. Tetapi beliau menunjukan kewibawaannya sebagai salah seorang yang memperjuangkan hak dan kebebasan walaupun nyawanya terancam.

al-fatihah buat almarhumah, semoga rohnya dicucuri rahmah dan dihimpunkan dalam golongan orang yang beriman