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Double standard against Malayan Communist Party and Japanese Imperial Army

“The rationale that Chin Peng and his comrades should be forgiven does not arise as his leadership was mired in violence, killing thousands and destroying people’s properties to the point that there is no room for forgiveness,” he said.

At least 300,000 Chinese in Malayan were killed by the Japanese army during world war 2.

Who is more violent and cruel? Japanese was forgiven after a second hand ship was paid to Malaysia as war crime compensation.

99% people killed by the communists are soldiers and police while 99% people killed by the Japanese army are civilians.

Rais Yatim implied killing Chinese can be forgiven, while killing Malay and white men cannot be forgiven.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government cannot say for sure if Hang Tuah ever existed, said Information, Com-munications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.

He said it would not be upset if people concluded that Hang Tuah and his friends were not mentioned by history writers as he (Hang Tuah) may not have been portrayed as a warrior “based on the dates and records that the public understand today”.

“However, we are unable to say conclusively that Hang Tuah did not exist or ever existed. This is because we do not have sufficient records and evidence.

“That is why he has been regarded as a legendary hero or a myth which can also be considered a cultural heritage similar to Robin Hood, Maid Marrianne, Hang Li Po and others,” he said in his speech before launching the History of Malaysia Collo-quium at Universiti Malaya yesterday.

The debate over whether Hang Tuah actually existed came about after Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Khoo Kay Kim said there was no written record of Hang Li Po, Hang Tuah and Hang Jebat, adding that the stories that had made it into the history books were just myths.

Dr Rais said in history, there were legendary figures, like King Arthur and Hang Tuah, that should not be put aside just because there were no empirical facts about them.

“This group, although not supported by facts, remains part of culture which is classified as cultural heritage or intangible heritage,” he said.

On calls by certain quarters for Malayan Communist Party leaders like Chin Peng and Rashid Maidin to be given positive recognition as liberators and heroes, he said many were killed by the insur-gents.

“The rationale that Chin Peng and his comrades should be forgiven does not arise as his leadership was mired in violence, killing thousands and destroying people’s properties to the point that there is no room for forgiveness,” he said.

On the exchange of letters between former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and then Israeli premier Ehud Barak, Dr Rais said there was nothing controversial in the said letters.

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Justin Hew says:

Nobody care so much, just study the ‘sejarah’ to pass SPM.
After taht can forget about it.

nkkhoo says:

I intentionally deleted post from PR supporter because out of topic.

niceguy says:

“On calls by certain quarters for Malayan Communist Party leaders like Chin Peng and Rashid Maidin to be given positive recognition as liberators and heroes, he said many were killed by the insurgents.”

NK Khoo, since you have higlighted a single paragraph on top of this post, I think it would be fair to highlight the above too.

The MCP has a place in history (and history textbooks), and viewing them as “liberators and heroes” would not be the full story.

nkkhoo says:

MCP was liberators and heroes before Jap surrendered.

British declared war against their ally, MCP after world war 2. Killing soldiers from other party is a part of war, this is not a war crime under the Geneva agreement.

No doubt, there were a small number of civilians killed by MCP, British army committed same war crime as MCP during the long war.

niceguy says:

I think my old English teacher would mark that “between” is redundant in the last sentence.

niceguy says:

I don’t recalled reading about Hang Tuah in my history books during my school years, so have to look it up to know more what’s the buzz is about…

“In the 2002 edition (current Sejarah textbook), Hang Tuah is mentioned in passing on pages 61 and 83 as a laksamana (admiral) and a brave warrior.

“No mention is made of Hang Li Po and the other Malacca warriors. However, in the 1996 edition of the Form One history textbook (pages 36 and 40), Hang Tuah is given greater prominence. Also mention is made of Hang Li Po and Hang Tuah’s fellow warriors – Hang Jebat, Hang Kasturi, Hang Lekir and Hang Lekiu,” explained Ranjit.

I think the prof was right, people is mixing up their literatures with history when even a minister can’t differentiate between cultural and heritage from historical facts.