As if it was not enough for Zainuddin Mydin to slap the face of Chinese Malaysians! he came out again swinging in obnoxious, obdurate and overbearing manner to declare:
“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.”
His arrogance is such that he dared to claim he couldn’t have made a mistake!
Part of history? Where was he or his father when the Japs were running all over the country while those Chinese were killed defending the nation?
The man’s hubris and shamelessness are unbelievable.
And then Mohamad Hasan, Menteri Besar of Negri Sembilan, jumping on the UMNO racist bandwagon, today urged Nilai Memorial Park, a privately owned cemetery, to demolish the monument commemorating those killed while fighting against the Japanese during the Second World War.
Those two UMNO ministers were oblivious to both KTemoc and DAP Sec-Gen Lim Guan Eng reminders that not all who fought against the Japanese were CPM members. But why let facts stand in the way of a good boost to their ethnic credentials.
Lim also pointed out that such individuals were of races other than Chinese. But do they care!
Like what I had done, Lim condemned the UMNO green-eyed attempts to deliberately obviate those martyrs’ contribution to the anti-Japanese struggle, the ultimate sacrifice in defending Malaya’s sovereignty. He said the move would hurt the feelings of those whose ancestors lost their lives fighting the Japanese invaders.
He condemned particularly the move by MB Mohammad to demolish the memorial (not unlike the way government officials had demolished non-Malay places of worship whenever such actions suit their political agenda).
He said: “Although the Chinese community is trying to prove that the monument is unrelated to the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM), he [Mohammad] prefers to believe Zainuddin than the general opinion of the Chinese community.”
Well, what do expect of UMNO ministers?
The stench of UMNO’s racism is just too overpowering. They are more interested in promoting their own image as ethnic heroes than in respecting the nation’s real fallen heroes.
The keris shall be drawn now that the Japanese bayonet had long gone.