‘Voice of the Malayan Revolution’: The Communist Party of Malaya’s Struggle for Hearts and Minds in the ‘Second Malayan Emergency’ (1969-1975)
Ong, Wei Chong
Date of Issue2006
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
This working paper is the inaugural attempt at the examination, interpretation and analysis of the Communist Party of Malaya’s (CPM) first serious endeavour at Strategic Propaganda; The Voice of the Malayan Revolution (VMR). Accessing the VMR transmission transcripts for the very first time, the objective of this study is to examine, interpret and analyze the CPM’s most sophisticated attempt at mass ideological conversion and relate it to the revolutionary struggle of the Malayan Communists. As a corollary, this study will establish that the methods and nature of Revolutionary Psywar are very different from those practiced by Western democracies. This study will further prove that the Western ‘words and deeds’ model is highly inadequate for the purpose of explaining Revolutionary Psywar; which adopts the ‘thought determines action’ approach. However this work is not an authoritative study of the CPM’s strategic propaganda efforts during the Second Malayan Emergency. Such an authoritative study would require an analysis of the effects of the CPM’s mass persuasion campaign, and access to archival sources that are at this point in time, closed to public access. Nevertheless by providing an introductory glimpse into the VMR, this study hopes to generate an interest in a subject that has until now received scant attention. Note: Whenever explicit quotation of the VMR transcript enclosure and page number is not possible, the author has endeavoured to provide an accurate a reference as is practicable.
DRNTU::Social sciences::Political science
RSIS Working Papers, 116-06
Nanyang Technological University