Monday, October 20, 2008


Al Fatihah.
Veteran Communist leader who spent nearly 40 years in exile in China, died at 9am on Monday, after a lung infection. She was 84.

She was the leader of the Angkatan Wanita Sedar (AWAS), a leftist political party formed in 1946 to fight for Malaya's independence, and among her comrades was Ahmad Boestamam (her husband), the leader of Angkatan Pemuda Insaf (API).

When AWAS was banned by the British during the Emergency in 1948, Shamsiah continued with her struggles to fight for Malaya's independence.

She then joined the 10th Regiment of the Communist Party of Malaya and pursued her cause and over the years was in China, Indonesia and Vietnam.

In 1994, after after 40 years, Shamsiah – together with her husband, their three sons and their four grandchildren – returned to Malaysia after being granted permission by the former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

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