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The winner wrote the history

If the communists won and controlled Malaya, they are the heroes, not terrorists as you read in the history textbooks and newspapers.

For the Bukit Kepong incident, UMNO-led BN government was trying hard to hide a fact that the communist leader led the attack is a Malay, named Muhammad Indera.

Those left-wing Malay, Chinese, Indian and others who fighted for Malaya independence from the British and Japan colonial powers should be recognized as freedom fighters. While those elements who refused to lay down their weapon after independence from British can be defined as rebels.

The whole story is the winner defined and wrote the history book, many unsung heroes will never be recognized by BN government for the political reason.

Probably this Mat Sabu controversy created by Utusan will expedite BN government to build a proper museum in Bukit Kepong, Muar. The project was delayed for years.

The “museum” is still an empty shell when I visited Kepong old police station two years ago during my balik kampung trip.

This is signage photo I took, broken English is used as usual by Tourism Malaysia. Please click the link for full size image.

Many see red over Mat Sabu’s statement

By Rizalman Hammim and Masami Mustaza

KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the alleged remarks by Pas deputy president Mohamad Sabu that the communist terrorists who attacked the Bukit Kepong police station in the 1950s were the true heroes of the country, was an insult to those who had fought for the country’s freedom.

The deputy prime minister was quoted by Bernama as saying that he was extremely disappointed that Mohamad, better known as Mat Sabu, had allegedly made such remarks at a political talk in Tasek Gelugor, Penang on Aug 21, as reported by a local daily.

He said the Pas leader was also reported to have claimed that Malaysia’s former prime ministers, the late Tunku Abdul Rahman and the late Datuk Onn Jaafar, did not qualify to be called freedom fighters.

“He has arrogantly hailed the CTs as heroes. Such remarks are a manifestation of Mat Sabu’s ignorance of the contributions of past Malay leaders in the fight to gain independence for Malaysia,” he said in a statement here yesterday.

He stressed that Mat Sabu should apologise to all Malaysians if he had made the irresponsible comments.

In Pagoh, Barisan Nasional Youth members yesterday lodged a police report against Mohamad Sabu over his statement on the attack on the Bukit Kepong police station.

The report was lodged by Pagoh BN Youth chief Ismail Mohamed at the Pagoh police station, accompanied by several Youth members of BN component parties.

Ismail said he wanted the authorities to investigate Mohamad for sedition and take appropriate action against him.

“We want him (Mohamad) to apologise to the families and descendants of the police personnel and civilians who were attacked by the communists.”

He urged other BN Youth divisions to condemn Mohamad’s statement.

It was reported in a Malay daily yesterday that Mohamad, during a ceramah in Tasek Gelugor, Penang, on Aug 21, had allegedly said Muhammad Indera, who helped the communist terrorists in the attack, was the real hero and not the 25 police personnel and their family members who defended the station as they were “British officers”.

Mohamad also had allegedly said Onn Jaafar and Tunku Abdul Rahman should not be hailed as icons of the nation’s independence as they were also British officers.

He had apparently vowed to rewrite the history of the country’s independence if the opposition succeeded in taking over the government. He had also claimed that the current history texts did not reflect the real facts and were biased towards Umno.

When contacted by the New Sunday Times yesterday, Mohamad claimed that he could not remember the contents of his speech and refused to make any comments.

Historian Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Khoo Kay Kim said Malaysians who claimed to be communist supporters usually were not aware of what they were fighting for in the country and how communism came here.

He asked if Mohamad was aware that the communists in Malaya were part of a world movement and never had any intention to make Malaya an independent state but were part of a communist order with no boundaries between nations.

“In Indonesia, the communists used a slogan, sama rata, sama rasa, to denote equality. People were taken in by the general idea of communism without knowing that it is a complicated ideology.”

Khoo said many were also not aware that prior to the Communist Party of Malaya, the first communist organisation here was called the Provisional Commission of the Communist Party of China.

Historian Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Mohd Yusof Hashim said Mohamad’s view on the communists in Bukit Kepong was a matter of perception.

“Like in Sabah and Sarawak, Rosli Dhobi and Rentap were formerly regarded as traitors by the British before they were regarded as heroes.”

He said whether the policemen had been working for the British or anybody else was immaterial as the important point was that they had defended the nation against communism and, therefore, should be regarded as heroes.

“Mohamad Sabu’s views may not be wrong from the communists’ point of view but, as a historian, my view is that the ones who fell defending Bukit Kepong were the heroes, not the communists.”

Former Police Association of Malaysia secretary-general Mohd Hanafiah Abdul Manap said Mohamad’s views were wrong and that he had made his speech with the intention to distort the people’s understanding of the incident.

“It shows that he doesn’t know his facts. People like this should be ignored.”

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Raw says:

I’m not much of a history buff but the little I know is that the MCP fought the Japanese during their cruel occupation of Malaya and they fought the British after that for the Independence of our nation.

So Mat Sabu is probably right in his views. Communism has however worked in China to unite the country but to survive in this world, even the Chinese had to change to the present capitalist model. What’s more frightening in Malaysia now is the curbing of individual freedom. We have a biased judicial system that selectively charges anyone who opposes UMNO under draconian laws. A media that’s licensed to lie and misinform the public. We have the religious police who behave like the Gestapo and an anti-corruption agency (MACC) who have a track record of killing people if they don’t get their way. Politicians who have become rich beyond their wildest dreams. Maybe communism is a more just ideology and we should have opted for communism afterall but the better solution is to chuck out the current bunch of crooks and bigots from Putrajaya and replace it with a government who will look after the Rakyat’s interests and not their own pockets.

Asri Rahman says:

At the Baling Talks in 1955, CPM leaders Chin Peng and Rashid Maidin were prepared to lay down arms at that time for the guarantee that they were allowed to participate in the democratic process in Malaya.

However, Tunku Abdul Rahman and David Marshall, took a hardline position – ’surrender and submit to preventive detention. We will decide when you can participate.’

It is now clear that the British had indicated in no uncertain terms to Tunku that Independence would only be granted if the CPM was kept out of the political process. Malaya remained an important source of wealth for Britain even after Independence. The CPM finally got what it asked for in 1955 – withdraw with dignity – 34 years later, in 1989.

The jungle war could have come to an end when the country gained Independence. But the British wanted the CPM muzzled, and the Alliance government went along with that game plan.

nkkhoo says:

A new book based on the declassified documents from the British archives is just being released by Kua Kia Soong.

He revealed many historial facts were distorted by UMNO.

Leslie says:

Actually the British has planned to give up Malaya and other commonwealth nations as the ‘burden’ is too much for them. So the British was very thankful when Tunku initiated the independence idea.

nkkhoo says:

Seeking independence from the colonial powers after the world war 2 is an irreversible world trend, either by blood or by negotiation.

British was still controlled a big chunk of Malaysia economy until Guthrie loose hand to Malaysia in the dusk hour takeover.

Leo says:

I don’t get it why everyone is so anti-communist. Like it or not, they did do their part in liberating the country from the Japanese and in some ways, the British. Did they do it in a very clean and not gruesome way? NO! did they hurt a lot of ppl in doing what they did and believing what they did? YES. but still they were the ones who were fighting the Japanese to the end. Let’s not forget, who were conspiring with the Japanese (that’s why Japanese are not the bogeyman?).

I am curious why the Portugis are not blamed for takluk Melaka? Without Portugis, the malay sultanate could be ruling the entire Asia.

nkkhoo says:

UMNO Malays even blamed Chinese traders, not Portuguese soldiers for the fall of Melaka. See how dirty and racial against everything Chinese by UMNO brainwashed Malays.

Dabangg of Muar says:

Talks about review of Sejarah taught in secondary school but until now “senyap senyap” only. The curiculum or syallabus to suit UMNO’s BTN intention to mould Malays thinking.
However, Malays now are smarter than what the complacent UMNO have been thinking of.
Najib’s Blue Ocean Strategy may backfire as Malays starts to think out of “UMNO” box and begin to question this and that; and Mat Sabu has “buka minda” some rural malays !

Harudin says:

Muhammad Indera was the Malay Communist led the attack on Bukit Kepong. Was he mentioned in the movie by Jins Shamsudin?

nkkhoo says:

I watched “Peristiwa Bukit Kepong” in RTM for more than two decades ago, I cannot recall every single detail.

I only remembered those communists in the film are projected as ugly and fiercy Chinese and spoke Mandarin only. I doubt Mat Indera gave order in Mandarin in the actual history.

UMNO ignored two to three millions Chinese supported MCA (ex-Kuamingtang or Nationalist Party) against less than 20,000 armed communists, mostly Chinese.

Ironically UMNO always projected the emergency period is a war between Chinese vs Malay, and 513 incident is the climax of racial game.

My late dad was a home guard during the emergency period against communist insurgency in 50s and 60s alongside with Mat Salleh and Malay police.

Harudin says:

Salam Hari Raya.

As we celebrate Merdeka Raya, I sincerely hope that Umno will no longer associate the modern-day born-in-Malaysia Chinese as communists.

Since Muhammad Indera is the communist leader in the attack of Bukit Kepong police station, then the history should be corrected to focus on him as the ‘pengkhianat bangsa & negara’, for manipulating the Chinese to be his troop.

Tan Sri Jins Shamsudin should take the Hari Raya opportunity to mohon ampun for the mistakes he has made in portraying Chinese in bad light in the movie. Finas could put right the historical perspective if the movie is to be remade as reported.

nkkhoo says:

Bukit Kepong incident was happened before Malaya independence, I do not rate Mat Indera as the nation betrayor except to disaprove CPM violent tactic.

The fact is police and my dad supported British colonial power.

Indonesian freedom fighters had to use forces and killing to achieve independece from the Netherland.

Why they were called heroes unlike their counterparts in Malaysia? Because they were the final winners in the game.

Dabangg of Muar says:

Jin Samsudin became senator when his movies like Bukit Kepong has the storyline in tune with UMNO’s BTN agenda.

This type of movies now not popular with mainstream unless shown over RTM.

nkkhoo says:

Read this letter from Malaysia Today to see how these shameless people distorted facts to the core.

jjkoh says:

Finas is ready to sponsor Haslam or KRU brothers to remake ‘Bukit Kepong’ movie to resurrect the communist bogeymanhe to scare the rural malays into supporting umno. Corrie Adam is likely to be cast as one the communist villain, as I doubt no Chinese born in Malaysia would want to take up the role.

nkkhoo says:

The communist leader in the assault is a Malay, not Chinese.

jjkoh says:

But the distorted history has told us otherwise, as in the Bkt Kepong movie.

nkkhoo says:

This was UMNO way to incite Malay hatred against Chinese for UMNO to hold on the power perpetually.