Suriani Abdullah, a well-known leader
of the outlawed Communist Party of Malaya (CPM), died peacefully at 6am
today at her home in Narathiwat, Thailand, after battling ill health
for almost five years.
Suriani, 89, who suffered severe memory loss, leaves behind a husband - former CPM chief Abdullah CD - and daughter, Karisma.
spokesperson, who wished to be known only as Mat Amin, said the
community of ex-soldiers who lived in the same village as Suriani gave
their leader a tearful goodbye as they were parting with "a comrade and a
mother whom they loved dearly".
"Although bedridden, she was
always asking after the village and its progress. She was always
motivating us to increase our income and was very concerned about the
well-being of the village and its people," he said, in an email to Malaysiakini.
Suriani was born in 1924 as Eng Ming Ching, in Setiawan, Perak, and joined the underground CPM in 1940 at the age of 16.
was then actively involved in organising women workers in the Kinta
Valley and later participated in the anti-fascist guerrilla, the Malayan
People's Anti-Japanese Army (MPAJA).
She studied at the Nan Hwa
High School in Setiawan together with CPM secretary-general Chin Peng
and in 1975, became an elected member of the CPM's central committee
Despite her ill health, Suriani was never alone, as she
had the constant company of her daughter and other female friends who
would visit her from time to time.
Joys and difficulties shared together
hearing about her demise, her friends automatically stopped working and
started to mourn her departure," said Mat Amin, who was also a former
soldier of CPM's 10th regiment.
"She was where we would go to
share our problems or happiness, we shared our joys and also our
difficulties together," he added sadly.
Suriani's body was
carried to the funeral site - about one kilometre away - by her friends
who did not want to send her away by car, and who preferred to take
turns to carry her coffin on their shoulders.
to social political commentator James Wong Wing Hon, Suriani, in the
1950s, "was proclaimed, in absentia, ‘a resistance heroine' of the
Pacific War at an international conference in Beijing".
reappeared in public view on Dec 2, 1989 as a VIP at the ceremony in
Haadyai witnessing the signing of the Peace Accords between the
Communist Party of Malaya and the governments of Malaysia, as well as
Thailand," said Wong, who runs a blog called 'Clare Street' as well.
the mid-1990s, Suriani and her husband Abdullah CD - also chairperson
of CPM - was granted an audience in a palace by His Highness Sultan
Azlan Shah of Perak.
"Later in 1999, they performed the Haj at the holy city of Mecca," added the former DAP Kampar MP. _ Malaysiakini, 21/3/2013, Former CPM heroine Suriani passes away
Versi Bahasa Malaysia:- Malaysiakini, 21/3/2013, Bekas pemimpin PKM Suriani Abdullah meninggal dunia
Kenyataan yang dikeluarkan PSM
SURAINI (1924-2013) – SEORANG PEJUANG KEMERDEKAAN DAN ANTI IMPERIALIS
Suriani Abdullah lahir pada 23 Januari 1924 di Sitiawan, Perak. Pejuang progresif ini lahir dalam zaman kesedaran nasional rakyat semasa Tanah Melayu pada masa itu dijajah oleh British. Pada masa itu Malaya sedang bergelora dengan kebangkitan rakyat. Beliau adalah produk kebangkitan ini.
Setelah Perang Anti-Jepun meletus, Suraini terpengaruh dengan gerakan pelajar anti-Jepun. Pada masa itu, terdapat dua parti politik yang aktif menentang penjajahan; KKM (Kesatuan Melayu Muda) dan PKM (Parti Komunis Malaya). Suriani menyertai Tentera Pembebasan Tanahair iaitu Rejimen Ke-10.
Beliau pernah ditangkap oleh tentera Jepun dan dipenjarakan. Namun, semangatnya yang gagah dan berani menyebabkan Suriani tidak pernah tunduk kepada kekejaman penjajah. Semangat dan penampilan pejuang wanita ini diberi pengiktirafan dan diberi gelaran ”SRIKANDI ANTI-JEPUN”.
Beliau banyak memberi sumbangan dan berjuang bersama-sama tokoh seperti Abdullah CD dan Rashid Maidin sehinggalah termeterai Perjanjian Damai Haadyai di antara Kerajaan Malaysia dan PKM. Suriani telah berumahtangga dengan Abdullah CD dan menetap di Selatan Thailand.Pada tahun 1999, Suriani dan Abdullah CD telah mengerjakan Haji di Mekah.
Dalam pemergian ini, PSM meminta Kerajaan Malaysia mengikriraf pengorbonan semua pejuang yang berjuang untuk kemerdekaan Malaysia termasuk pejuang kiri seperti Suriani. Sejarah harus memberi pespektif benar dan biar rakyat menentukan.
Salam Pemergian Ibu Suriani - Perjuangan mu tetap dikenang dan dihormati
Setiausaha Agung PSM