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The Fajar generation : the University Socialist Club and the politics of postwar Malaya and Singapore

Publication Type:

Book

Source:

Strategic Information and Research Development Centre, Petaling Jaya, p.328 (2010)

Call Number:

Cubb LG395 .S58 F35 2010

URL:

http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/8512567

Keywords:

etc.--History, Malaya--Politics and government--20th century, Singapore--Politics and government--1945-1963, Singapore--Politics and government--1963-1965, Universities and colleges--Singapore--Societies, University of Malaya (Singapore)--Societies

Abstract:

Summary: ‘The University Socialist Club (USC) was formed in February 1953. In the 1950s and 1960s the USC and its organ Fajar were a leading voice advocating the cause of the constitutional struggle for freedom and independence in peninsular Malaya and Singapore. In May 1954, the British colonial government arrested the entire editorial board of Fajar and charged them with sedition. In the subsequent high profile trial the Fajar Eight, as the members of the board had become popularly known, were acquitted. The monthly periodical continued to be published until it was banned in February 1963, following the massive wave of political arrests codenamed Operation Cold Store.