puisi dari penjara / poems from prison
This is a bilingual collection (in Malay and English) of poems by Said Zahari when he was incarcerated under the Internal Security Act in Singapore from 1963 to 1979. Some of the original poems were written in Malay and some in English.
Said made observations on prison life, commented on the social-political events of the day and on his unjust 17-year imprisonment without trial. His poems tell of a life lived in unwavering service and commitment to his beliefs and struggle for a new society based on true independence and compassion for all.
The 72 heart-felt poems leave us a picture of the personal sacrifices which many had made in Singapore’s anti-colonial struggle. They put a face to those whose narratives had been scrubbed out by political chicanery. This book is a legacy for Singaporeans to treasure.