Monday, August 17, 2009

Voice of Malayan Revolution

Select Books is pleased to announce that we have been assigned the exclusive worldwide (outside of Singapore) distribution rights for Voice of Malayan Revolution.

Published by the S. Rajatratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological Institute, this volume, which is edited by Professor Wang Gungwu and Mr. Ong Weichong, reproduces a selection of broadcasts by the infamous "Suara Revolusi Malaya" or "Voice of Malayan Revolution".

The "Voice of Malayan Revolution" was an attempt by the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) to subvert the populations of Malaysia and Singapore and win them over to their revived revolutionary cause through the conduct of a clandestine radio war. From a Chinese military base in Hunan, China, the CPM's underground radio network transmitted under the codename Project 691 and on the airwaves as "Suara Revolusi Malaya" from 1969 to 1981.

These hitherto classified transcripts of the Internal Security Department (ISD), Singapore, are supplemented with an introductory essay and chapter introductions.

As the book review in The Straits Time, 7 August 2009, notes:

The ISD's decision to release its transcripts of VMR broadcasts follow its release of a compilation of Freedom News, a communist party publication. Releasing these archival records is to be applauded, because they will provide the basis for a fuller and more nuanced understanding of our recent past.

There are two editions - a normal edition and a researchers' edition. The researchers' edition includes a CD of the original transcripts.

Select Books has also been assigned the exclusive worldwide (outside Singapore) distribution rights for Freedom News: The Untold Story of the Communist Underground Publication.

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