Monday, June 22, 2009

20 Jun - Perbincangan dengan Sosialis lama

Semasa saya dalam lawatan dua hari ke Johor. Saya juga sempat mengadakan perbincangan dengan para pejuang sosialis dahulu. Kebanyakan mereka adalah bekas tahanan ISA dan banyak terlibat dalam perjuangan rakyat pada tahun 1950an dan 1960an. Mereka juga banyak memberi nasihat dan pedoman mengenai perjuangan yang harus dipupuk hari ini.

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