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.