Thursday, 8 September 2011

Mat Sabu got it all wrong for sure on the Bukit Kepong massacre

Another historical fact laden letter to the NST debunking  PAS's Mat Sabu controversial statement that Mat Indera the Parti Kominis Malaya terrorist is a hero:

Bukit Kepong incident: Mat Sabu got it all wrong

THE alleged remarks of Pas deputy president Mohamad Sabu that the communist terrorists who attacked Bukit Kepong police station in 1950 were the country's true heroes and that Datuk Onn Jaafar and Tunku Abdul Rahman should not be hailed as icons of the nation's independence as they were British officers, has shocked the nation.

Firstly, the alleged remarks had assumed that the Federation of Malaya that came into being on Feb 1, 1948, was a British colony and the communist terrorists who killed 16 of the Bukit Kepong policemen were fighting for the country's independence from the British.

As a former secretary to the Malaysian Parliament, let me lay down the historical facts.

Both the former Federated Malay States of Perak, Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Pahang and the unfederated Malay states of Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah and Perlis never became British colonies.

In fact, both types of Malay states were brought under British control through a system of British protectorate, a protectorship of under-developed states by a stronger state.

Hence, the sovereignty of each one of the nine Malay states remained with its respective Malay ruler who also retained the power and control in the administration of Islam as the religion of the Malays.

Under the system of the British Protectorate, the British Resident had an office in each state as the Malay ruler's adviser.

In respect of the four protected Malay states of Perak, Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Pahang, they were formed into a federation in 1895 with a Resident-General's office located in Kuala Lumpur.

The unfederated Malay states were administered more loosely. Johor was the last Malay state to come under British control as the relations with Johor were not regulated by a formal treaty until 1914.

After World War 2, the British tried to establish more direct control over the Malay states to salvage their prestige of losing the war to the Japanese.

But the Malays, under the leadership of Onn, strongly opposed the Malayan Union and following new negotiations, the constitution of the Federation of Malaya was established on Feb 1, 1948.

Penang and Malacca were included in the new federation but Singapore was left as a British colony. The British conceded to the abolition of the Malayan Union for the fundamental reason that the Malay territories were brought under British control through the protectorate system of formal treaties entered into between the British government and the Malay rulers.

With the transformation of Malaya into a booming economy of tin and rubber and a multiracial and multireligious country, the British conceded to the demands of the Alliance coalition, comprising Umno, MCA and MIC, under the leadership of Tunku Abdul Rahman, for an early independence.

The constitution of the Federation of Malaya granting independence to the country was, therefore, based on negotiation and agreements between the British government, on one hand, and the component party representatives of the Alliance coalition, on the other hand.

Both parties had also taken into consideration the views of the Malay rulers with whom the British had signed formal treaties before World Wars 1 and 2.

With the above historical facts, we can conclude that Mohamad's alleged remarks about the communist terrorists being the true heroes and Onn and Tunku being British officers, bear very serious security implications on himself and equally grave political implications on Pas as Mohamad is not an ordinary Pas member but the deputy president of the party.

Our historical records show that the terrorists of the Malayan Communist Party (MCP), comprising mostly Chinese and a number of Malays, were accountable for a series of atrocities and killings of members of our security forces and innocent civilians and attacks on property that went on much longer than the declared 12 years of Emergency from 1948 to 1960.

Indeed, the British government helped the Malayan government to end the communist terrorist menace to enable us to achieve our independence early and save the country from being ruled by MCP.

When Sir Henry Gurney was killed in the communist terrorist ambush on Oct 6, 1951, Sir Gerald Templer deployed our security forces more effectively to end the state of emergency through political and military action.

Mohamad's implied support for the communist ideology from the alleged remarks also has serious implications to his religion of Islam.

This comes from the fact that communism and its ideology are strongly opposed to Islam and to all other world religions such as Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism.

Read in full here.

Mat Sabu must issue an unqualified apology  to all the descendants of the 25 Police constables and their families who were murdered in the Bukit Kepong Massacre or forever be branded as a "talibarut pengganas parti Kominis Malaya".

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