Dialogues with chin peng new light on the malayan communist party includes background papers previously unseen communist party documents propaganda posters and other data these materials from both sides of the conflict shed new light on the malayan communist party and present history as dialogue and debate book jackettitle summary field provided by blackwell north america inc. These materials from both sides of the conflict shed new light on the malayan communist party and present history as dialogue and debate edited by karl hack by cc chinchin peng who became secretary general of the malayan communist party in 1947 at the age of 23 is a key figure in the recent history of malaysia. In 1948 the malayan communist party launched a campaign of violence against the colonial government which responded by declaring the malayan emergency almost half a century later chin and his former adversaries re visited the emergency together giving their versions of the story and questioning . Chin peng is the longest serving secretary general of a communist party having served continuously from 1947 to present he led his party into the malayan emergency and latterly to a new peace agreement in 1989 this book is unique in giving the reader a look at how the historical record about this figure has been constructed
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