Quest for Political Power

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-08-07
  • Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Intl
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The history of communism in Malaya (including Singapore) almost coincided with the rise and fall of communism worldwide, best epitomized in Europe by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Operating through the Malayan Communist Party, communism posed an existential threat to Malaya. While the communist threat in peninsular Malaya was manifested dramatically in armed struggle with guerrillas in the jungle, in Singapore it was primarily in the form of united front subversive activities, interspersed with episodes of violence and assassinations.

This new book examines the MCP's quest for political power in Singapore in the midst of a raging Cold War between communism and the free world, with particular focus on events in the 1950s and 1960s. From its close collaboration with the two leading communist great powers (USSR and China) to its united front strategy of infiltrating student, trade union and political organizations, the MCP's activities are related here in a clear and engaging manner.

Author Biography

Bilveer Singh teaches at the Department of Political Science, National University of Singapore. His research focuses on Singapore's politics, foreign affairs and defense, as well on Southeast Asian security affairs. He has published more than 45 books and monographs, nearly 50 journal articles and actively participated in national, regional and international academic conferences. Professor Singh was formerly Head of the Centre of Excellence for National Security, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, and is currently President of the Political Science Association, Singapore.

Table of Contents

Contents Page and Preface:

Preface. vii
List of Abbreviations. xv
Dramatis Personae . xviii
Chapter 1 MCP Links with Communist Great Powers
amidst the Cold War. . 1
Chapter 2 The Communist United Front Strategy . 34
Chapter 3 Exploitation of Communal Issues and Students. . 57
Chapter 4 Instigation of Industrial Unrest. . 85
Chapter 5 Subversion of Political Organisations. . 107
Chapter 6 MCP’s Terrorism, Sabotage and Assassinations. . 141
Chapter 7 MCP’s Activities Post-Independence. . 163
Chapter 8 Conclusion . .. 185
Appendices. 214
Select Bibliography. 237
Index. 251
About the Author. . 259

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