A Tribute to a Malay Intellectual – Said Zahari

‘Another unsung hero from our anti-colonial struggle in the 1950s and early 1960s has left us. Unlike the victors of history, Said Zahari, age 88, went quietly as he had done for the most part of his life, be it when he was fighting against the British for Singapore’s independence or when he sat in prison for 17 years under Lee Kuan Yew’s rule.

His calm demeanour belied a spirit of steel that saw him bear the cruelty of long imprisonment without trial and yet not for a moment compromising on his principles to seek release from incarceration.

Pak Said had publicly called Lee Kuan Yew “a political coward”. He had said only a coward would resort to jailing his opponents instead of taking them in a political contestation of ideas and letting the best man win…’   By Dr Wong Souk Yee

Wong Souk Yee wrote a tribute on Said Zahari posted in the TRE. Said was among the Malay intellectuals of the era when PAP was fighting tooth and nail with the Barisan Socialis, the left leaning political party then. Said was in the same company as those arrested during Operation Cold Store and served the second longest detention of 17 years after Chia Thye Poh, strongly committed to his cause and like Chia Thye Poh, would not denounce his belief throughout his detention.

Said was tri lingual, fluent in Malay, English and Mandarin, an asset most feared in the political arena. He was also the editor of Utusan Melayu.

One by one this first generation of political leaders will fade to oblivion only to live forever in the history books of Malaysia and Singapore.


Anonymous said...

Who has a stronger conviction?
Said Zahari or people who believe that free Sunday parking is a subsidy from the PAP government?

Who is a nomad?
Said Zahari or people who believe they are the Son of Punggol?

Anonymous said...

Noted that Mr Said Zahari retired in Malaysia.

By choice?


Anonymous said...

Yes, anything wrong with that?

Anonymous said...

No! Good for him!

Anonymous said...

Would there be a state funeral? I doubt so.

Ⓜatilah $ingapura⚠️ said...

Everyone has their 15 minutes of fame, and everyone has to die sometime.

Vale, honoured pioneer.

Veritas said...

Only socialism can save Islam.

The guy is a true socialist. While MCP has some side effects, her legacy of fighting Islamofascist will always be remembered.

Anonymous said...

Why Young Arabs Are Joining The Islamic State


What is the number #1 reason identified?
- the lack of job opportunities.

Are there any lessons for Singapore?
- why spend billions on homeland security?
- instead spend the money on making sure Singaporeans get good jobs.

A fully employed Singaporean in a good job is our best defence against terrorism and external threats.
- do you really need PAP's Millionaire scholars to figure this out?

Vote out PAP in Bukit Batok.
Time to wake up the sleeping Millionaires.

Veritas said...

The Malay fathers are far more smarter than Malay today. Malay fathers fought for press freedom, freedom of speach, democracy, multi-racism, and humanity.

Today, Malay is fighting to make their women ugly by tudunging them and pretend Tudung is Malay custom, but in reality this has to do with the most shitty Sunni Isiamofascism.

Malay should go back their topless traditional costume. Even Arabs are not hijab and hijab is a recent costume.

Unfortunately today Malay get masturbated in their mind.

Worse is Malaysian Malay. Before Malaysian Malay like KMM fought to unite the Malay race and get rid of the toxic effect of Anglo Dutch treaty that screwed the Malay.

Said Zahari being a socialist fought to emanipate people and people wont be racist.

But today, Malay fought for hijab, for murdering apostasy people, for ISIS, for parastic bumiputera-ism, for shitting on their own fucking brothers like Iban, Kadazan, Shia, Ahmadya... in short Malaysian malay people are regressing to barbarism.

Malaysian Malay are fighting for shit and sacrificing their life for shit. They will become shit.

agongkia said...

Heroes oso need to have brain like my Ah Kong who fought the Japanese discreetly,the ability to tell who are the spies among them in the name of drivers,interpreter..... ,instead of catching attention gong gong die for nothing .
My Ah Kong oso a smart Lao hero .

Virgo49 said...

AhGongKia, some hero/s smarter.

Cannot beat them joined them.

Be translators or whatsoever wears burkha over face and identify own kind both innocent and guilty to the conquerors so they get more rice home to feed the families.

Others can die their business.

The traits carry on till now.

Young PAP ministers and MPs carried on the traditions.

Cheers to Singapore.

b said...

Socialism is bad for human kind. They are all elite system and socialism elite system is worse compare to capitalism elite system. Under socialist gov, people own nothing and elite own all the assets. Under capitalist gov, people at least own houses and cars and elite own the rest.

Veritas said...

You are wrong. The Nordic countries are socialist. The banana republic are capitalist.

Under the capitalist system, the weak are not able to defend against the strong. That is why government need to step in.

You wont have your houses if elites take over. You will be their rental serf.

Anonymous said...

@ April 15, 2016 5:29 pm
April 15, 2016 5:29 pm

Joke - Different Political System

You have two cows. The government takes one and gives it to your neighbour.

You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. And then you build a herd.

You have two cows. The government passes a law to buy over your two cows at the "market price". And the government then re-sells you some milk at a "market subsidy price".

PAP's Natural Aristocracy.
They have one million cows. You have none. So what?
You die is your business.

Anonymous said...

You have two cows. The government seizes both cows, and then gives you some milk.

You have two cows. The government seizes both cows and then sells you some milk.

You have two cows. The government takes both and shoots you.

You have two cows. You worship both of them.

You have two cows. You have 300 people milking them. You claim full employment, high bovine productivity, and arrest the newsman who reported on them.

You have two cows. You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. You are surprised when the cow drops dead.

Anonymous said...

PAP's COE system:
You have to successfully bid for 2 COEs first.
Then you can the right to own two cows for 10 years.

Anonymous said...

You have two cows, for angkongkia, he personally fondle to encourage more milk production and he sucks them each day.

You have two cows, for Matilar, he personally fuck both cows each day in the belief that more milk will be produced.

Anonymous said...

"Wong Souk Yee wrote a tribute on Said Zahari posted in the TRE. Said was among the Malay intellectuals of the era when PAP was fighting tooth and nail with the Barisan Socialis, the left leaning political party then."

If even Said Zahari cannot win against PAP, can SDP's Chee Soon Juan win? Maybe Wong Souk Yee, as SDP Chairman, should reflect on this.

Anonymous said...

Maybe only you can win.

Anonymous said...

Agongkia will let his two cows graze
along the alleys at geylang.

Matilar will bring his two cows to holland village for his friends to drink
their milk.

Just do not know if agongkia and
matilar feed their cows.

Anonymous said...

The cows fed them.