Chin Peng didn’t touch food served during Baling Talks


Compiled by LIEW JIA XIAN and JO TIMBUONG

A FORMER groundskeeper will never forget how Chin Peng did not touch any of the food prepared for him during the two nights he stayed in Baling, Kedah, for the Baling Talks in December 1956.

Now 94, Jaafar Ismail or Pak Lang wondered how the Communist Party of Malaya secretary-general managed to fight off hunger during his stay, Sinar Harian reported.

“He never touched a single morsel I put in his room and to this day, I still wonder what he ate instead, ” Pak Lang said.

He also said he was honoured to be given the responsibility to prepare lodgings and food for Chin Peng and was the only person allowed to enter the venue at Baling English School (now known as SK Tunku Putera) to carry out the task.

“I wasn’t that afraid because the venue was well secured, ” he said.

> A teenager in Johor is willing to put her ambition of furthering her studies on hold to care for her ailing mother.

Kosmo! reported that 18-year-old Nurazliyana Abdul Hamid’s mother, Rohana Rebut, 61, has stage three nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a type of nose cancer.

Nurazliyana, who lives in Segamat, Johor, said her mother underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy 35 times since April last year and expenses were mainly borne by her father who earns RM500 working as a gardener.

“After her treatment, mum would often feel tired, nauseous and unable to do many of her usual chores, ” said Nurazliyana, one of eight siblings.

Although she also works as an assistant at a food stall, earning RM30 a day to help with the family’s expenses, she has not forgotten about her ambition.

“I’m looking for better job opportunities and I still want to go to university one day in hopes of finding a better job to repay my parents, ” she said.

> After contracting Covid-19, Aliff Satar is urging Malaysians to strictly follow standard operating procedure.

He said the pandemic affected people differently and some might find it more difficult to cope than others.

“Not all of us are in the same boat. Some have fancy yachts while others are in leaky sampan that could sink any time, ” he said.

Aliff told Berita Harian about the string of events that followed after he was infected in November last year.

The singer and actor had performed at the 35th Muzik Muzik semi-finals at Sri Pentas 2 in Shah Alam and tested positive two days later.

He said he understood how his close contacts, especially those involved in the show, were worried about job security.

“Many were afraid about losing their job if they stayed and not being able to service their loans.

“We each have our own challenges, so let’s all be understanding.”

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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