Ibrahim Hj Yaacob

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Ibrahim bin Haji Yaacob WAS (1911–1979) a Malayan politician. An opponent of the British colonial government, he was President and founder of the Kesatuan Melayu Muda (KMM).[1] During World War II, he supported the Japanese during their occupation of Malaya.[1] Imprisoned by the British, he was freed by the Japanese in February, 1942, only to be recaptured by British forces in Singapore later that same year.[2] He died in Jakarta on March 8, 1979.[3]

Yaacob was born in Temerloh, Pahang, to a family of Bugis descent.[4] In 1929, he joined the Sultan Idris Teachers' Training College and graduated two years later as a teacher. During the 1930s, he wrote a series of articles that were critical of the British Administration to the Malay newspapers, and was later forced to resign after receiving a warning from the British authorities. He became the editor of a nationalistic newspaper, Majlis, and formed the KMM in 1938.[5] The goal of KMM is to achieve independence for Malaya via union with Indonesia.[6] As a members of KMM, he welcome and work with Japanese as they belief that Japanese will give Malaya independence and actively assist them through fifth column activities.[7]

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  1. ^ a b Malaysia Today: MT-Book Section: Introduction
  2. ^ b. Peninsular and Island Southeast Asia. 2001. The Encyclopedia of World History
  3. ^ The Japanese Occupation of Malaya, 1941-45: Ibrahim Yaacob and the Struggle for Indonesia Raya, Cheah Boon Kheng Indonesia, Vol. 28, Oct., 1979 (Oct., 1979), pp. 84-120
  4. ^ Asia, the Winning of Independence: The Winning of Independence: the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaya, by Robin Jeffrey, Macmillan, 1981, ISBN 0-333-27856-9, pg 297
  5. ^ Asia, the Winning of Independence: The Winning of Independence: the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaya, Jeffery, pg 297
  6. ^ Japanese-Trained Armies in Southeast Asia, By Joyce Lebra
  7. ^ Southeast Asian Culture and Heritage in a Globalising World: Diverging ... By Ooi Giok Ling