Saturday, 19 March 2016

Joint statement by Hindraf Johor and Parti Sosialis Malaysia Nusajaya About co-organising 'Tribute to Lim Chin Siong and SA Ganapathy' forum / 柔州兴权会与社会主义党努沙再也支部 关于联办“纪念甘纳巴迪与林清祥”专题论坛联合声明

Joint statement by Hindraf Johor and Parti Sosialis Malaysia Nusajaya
About co-organising 'Tribute to Lim Chin Siong and SA Ganapathy' forum

20 March 2016


We, Hindraf and Parti Sosialis Malaysia Cawangan Nusajaya jointly organizing this ‘Tribute to Lim Chin Siong and SA Ganapathy’ forum with Sahabat Rakyat as below :-

Date    :- 20 March 2016 (Sunday)
Time    :- 2pm – 6pm
Venue  :- TJ Mart , Senai

Our intention to organize this forum is to commemorate and to pay tribute to these two heroes, who are increasingly forgotten by the community, especially the young generations.

As we all know, the history we learned in school never told us about the sacrifices of the warriors who were disagree with the government’s policies which were only for the well being of the capitalist. So, they have been concealed from the history and this causes our young generation does not know them and appreciate their struggles for the welfare of the oppressed people.

SA Ganapathy was the first president of the 300,000-strong, Pan Malayan Federation of Trade Unions (PMFTU). This young trade union leader was hung on May 4th, 1949 , in Pudu Prison. His only crime was to defend the interests of the workers of Malaya in 1940s. He also has been arrested and tortured by Japanese Special Branch in Singapore for being a communist. However, the extent to which it is a true - SA Ganapathy is a communist - has not yet been confirmed by any party.

So, through this forum we would like to introduce them and try to promote the truth in their struggle. At the same time, we also would like to educate the people dared to oppose the injustice. In 1940’s, trade unions were very strong and has broad influence in all sectors especially in plantations, agriculture and the harbor. Their struggle was not only to acquire the rights of workers but, more than that. They joined the militant groups and demanded for independence from the colonials. This means that the workers of those days had more awareness of the political situation than today’s workers.

The facilities we enjoy and the rights we have today was the ongoing struggle by those trade unionist. This history must be brought to our youth as they do not know the history, struggle and the contributions of the workers of our country.   Therefore, we provide this forum as a platform to discuss and to celebrate these unsung heroes.  We hope that our purposes and objectives will be achieved.

Thank you.

Joint statement by – Hindraf Johor and PSM Nusajaya




以下是联合声明的中译文。若译文与原文内容不尽相符或有所抵触,以英文原文为准——


柔州兴权会与社会主义党努沙再也支部
关于联办“纪念甘纳巴迪与林清祥”专题论坛联合声明

2016年3月12日

我们,柔州兴权会和社会主义党奴沙再也支部,跟人民之友联合起来,在2016年3月20日,下午2时至6时在士乃佳市场(TJ Mart Senai),举办主题为“向马来亚工人运动的杰出领袖致敬,发扬甘纳巴迪与林清祥的献身精神”论坛。

日期:2016年3月20日(星期日)
时间:下午2时正至6时
地点:柔佛州士乃TJ Mart会议厅

我们举办此论坛的目的是为了纪念上述两名逐渐被社会,尤其是年轻之辈遗忘的英雄人物,并向他们致敬。

众所周知,我们在学校里所学的历史,从来没有提到那些为反抗资产阶级压迫政策而作出牺牲的英雄人物的事迹。这些英雄人物在历史中遭到抹煞,因而造成我们年轻之辈无从了解他们并感激他们为被压迫人民的福利而进行的斗争。

甘纳巴迪 (S.A. Ganapathy)是拥有30万会员的“泛马职工会联合会”(Pan Malayan Federation of Trade Unions ,PMFTC)的第一任主席。这名年轻的工会领袖于1949年5月4日在半山芭监狱被處绞刑。他的唯一罪名就是捍卫1940年代马来亚劳动人民的利益。他曾遭受在新加坡的日本政治部逮捕和折磨,理由是他是一名共产党员。无论如何,甘纳巴迪的共产党员的身份却没有得到任何证实。

因此,我们想通过此论坛,向大家介绍他们,并尽力宣扬他们的斗争的真理。与此同时,我们还要教育人民要敢于反抗不公平。在1940年代,职工会非常强大,在各行业拥有广泛的影响力,特别是在种植园、农业和海港。他们的斗争不止于争取工人的权利,他们还加入武装组织向殖民主义者要求独立。这意味着,那个年代的工人群众比当今年代的工人群众有更高的政治觉悟。

我们今日所享有的设施和权利,是那些工会工作者(指工会组织的领袖和干部)不断奋斗所获得的成果。我们的年轻人并不知道我国工人的贡献、斗争和历史,因此,我们有必要让他们对这些工会领袖的奋斗事迹有所了解。因此,我们决定举办这次论坛,作为探讨和纪念这两名遭受官方历史抹杀的英雄人物的平台。希望这次论坛的宗旨和目标得以实现。谢谢。


柔州兴权会与社会主义党努沙再也支部
2016年3月12日
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