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puisi dari penjara / poems from prison

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.

庫存單位: 978-967-26834-0-7
  • Book Details

    New title: puisi dari penjara / poems from prison


    Author: Said Zahari

    Book Size: 210mm x 148mm (portrait)

    Pages: 316

    Price: $ 25.00 (before GST)

    Year: 2022

    Publisher: Pusat Sejarah Rakyat (People’s History Centre)

    Distributor: Word Image Pte Ltd

  • About the Author

    Said Zahari (1928 – 2016) was the editor-in-chief of Utusan Melayu in the early 60’s. He had a strong nationalist, anti-colonial stance and believed strongly in freedom of the press. When the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) attempted to take control of the newspaper, he led the first-ever strike in defence of press freedom in Malaysia.

    In February 1963, barely a day after he was elected President of Partai Rakyat Singapura (PRS) he was arrested and detained under the Preservation of Public Security Ordinance (now the Internal Security Act) which allowed for indefinite detention without trial. He spent the next 17 years under political detention, disputing all the allegations made against him. He was released in 1979.

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