December 21, 2006

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Communist Monument? …… NOT!!!


Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Mohamad Hasan today urged Nilai Memorial Park, a privately owned cemetery, to demolish a monument commemorating those who fought against the Japanese invasion during the Second World War.

The controversy began when Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin on Dec 16 said monuments for ‘communists’ were erected in Sarawak and Nilai.

He said such memorials were insensitive and disrespectful to the innocent victims of the communist insurgency.

Quek said several MCA politicians such as Deputy Education Minister Hon Choon Kim, Deputy Tourism Minister Donald Lim and Deputy Home Affairs Minister Tan Chai Ho attended a memorial service at the site and did not express any reservation.

However, Zainuddin remained adamant.

“As information minister, I am part of history - I have seen it and understood it - thus I cannot have made a mistake or misunderstood history,” he said yesterday.

Sighz, what’s the big hoo-ha? Not everyone’s gonna visit the Memorial Park everyday! And to reply with such smugness speaks volumes about the minister’s “know-all” attitude.

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History, some one said, are the lies of the victor. It is quite clear that the Chinese were targeted by the Japs and so were forced to fight them during WWII. The Malays by and large did not except for a small number who were pro-British and/or did not think the Japs had the right to push people around. Some Malays also paid with their lives. I’m thinking of the poor man who was executed in North Malaya (?) who was part of the “Singa” organisation — see the book “Lion of Malaya” — and did not betray his comrades. These people were not communists. Many communists gave their lives to drive the Japs out.

Now we have a Johnny come lately who wants to belittle these people’s sacrifice - because he thinks the monument refers only to Non-Malays. He deserves to be treated with the contempt he deserves. Others like me saw this coming many years ago and left for the developed world. There are opportunities for hardworking opportunities in many countries. Here in Sydney, migration agents such as Easy Migration wil tell you that Australia even accepts hairdressers who can speak English, etc.

Comment by Peter — January 14, 2007 @ 6:15 pm

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