I would like to comment on abang Ghaf's comment-became-article above.
I did agree with everything else except for a few jots of his statements namely:
1. this matter that Mat Sabu carelessly brought up into our political arena was not an anecdote. The Bukit Kepong tragedy on Feb 23, 1950 was very meaningful to most of Malaysian. It symbolised the CPM's intention to Malaya, the price that were paid by our security personnel and the still alive spirit of selfless sacrifice and gallantry of the Malay people and by saying that I didn’t mean to refer to the Malay communists.
How could we say that this issue was an anecdote when it meant so much to the people involved, the survived policemen, the family, the community and the country. I would like to speculate now that this was among the most significant event in the fight against communism along with Sungai Semur tragedy, etc. I wasn’t there for the firsthand experience of our fathers and grandfathers in the struggle for I am just coming to 40 but I am proud of their sacrifice, enabling us to have our way of life today.
Please do not hurt the old gentlemen and ladies who may had given up the pleasure of life joining the security force of Malaysia by belittling their previous effort to make sure that we are who we are today.
Please do not see this issue as another mediocre political issue. I think that is why our young people scrummed vigorously to this.
2. Mat Indera should have known the intention (i.e. grand agenda) of his communist comrades with years of his life spent with them. He was also constantly ‘educated’ by commissars. He had seen their ‘performance’ and ‘vigour’ in the Bukit Kepong attack. However for the benefit of doubt we should also allow your statement. Assume that he was blinded by the desire for Malaya independence to quite see the communists’ grand agenda.
3. He was the commander of the attack, according to his younger brother, Johan Shah. That was the reason of his head’s price was 75,000 after the tragedy. That must be a hefty sum of money. How can it be, the company commander was not one of them? It was quite preposterous to declare that Mat Indera was indeed a non communist, but again this one is also controversial.
4. It was fortunate that the majority of Malaya’s population were not with him for otherwise the land will be called the People’s Democratic Republic of Malaya without the democracy.
5. The hard way for independence was not an alien idea. We have seen the neighbour- Indonesia was successful with their revolution, in just 4 years of struggle. I must ask you, how can we endorse a force such as the MPABA that was showing the unnatural appetite for atrocity, evidenced by the Bukit Kepong massacre, to represent our revolutionary side? The Badan Keamanan Rakjat, Tentara Nasional Indonesia‘s former name faces the same armed struggle as the MCP was, without a single allegation of misconduct, much less an atrocity, all the while there were many military misconduct was accused of the KNIL. They still managed to beat the Dutch.
My point is that if the CPM claimed to fight for the independence of Malaya, there should not be any Bukit Kepong tragedy because they must regard the Bukit Kepong civilians (at least) as their citizens, to be protected, not to killed or thrown into the burning police station.
6. I wish Mat Indera will not be declared a hero due to his deed. In communist army, the leader is more powerful than in conventional army, because he had the power to deliver strict disciplinary action to his subordinate. The comrade leader can even execute an insubordinating member. I believe that if he was the leader of the attack, he should be able to prevent any wrongdoings by the guerrillas.
The communist is also unique due to another post in the army- the commissars. Mat Indera may escape the blame for the atrocity if the order came from the commissar, Goh Peng Tung who may have more power than he had.
7. the choices were made and their impacts were felt by everyone. It went into the history books as facts. perhaps the individuals involved, villains and heroes were all fiercely patriotic and were doing what they think was best for their beloved nation, we may never know.
8. The first and foremost in our life is Islam. Next came Malaysia, the Malay race, the family, etc. I was very grateful that Mat Indera and communist forefathers failed 60 years ago, otherwise we may not be as free as today. Alhamdulillah.
I apologised to Abang Ghaf if he didn’t concur to the above.
Thank you, Dr. Airil.