3rd July 2019
NAJIB’S STATEMENT ON UMNO FIGHTING AND DEFEATING THE COMMUNIST IS MISLEADING
For the record, in the war against the communist insurgents, all ethnic groups in our country participated – Malays, Chinese, Indians, Sikhs, Orang Asli, Iban, Dayak, Kadazan, and the Serani (Eurasian). Even though the two periods, 1948 to 1960 and 1968 to 1989, were officially classified as first and second emergencies due to insurance coverage issue, those were decades of a war.
At the recently held Gombak UMNO Annual General Meeting, former PM Dato Seri Najib Razak was reported to have said that “the party (UMNO) can resist the cruel PH government, just as it fought and defeated the communist during the decades long insurgency”.
Najib’s statement was misleading. There is no historical record for UMNO and the party members acting as a group who fought and defeated the communist insurgents during the two emergencies. Najib’s statement had played down the pivotal role of the security forces, i.e. the Royal Malaysia Police and the Malaysian Armed Forces in defeating the communist threat that had taken countless lives and maimed numerous members of the security forces.
We are puzzled at how Najib had willfully manipulated facts and history relating to the defeat of the communist insurgency in his quest to regain lost popularity among the Malays. In the past there had been ultra racial groups also trying to stir racial sentiments by saying only the Malays played a role in the war against the communist insurgents, while the Chinese and other ethnic groups played no part, and therefore questioned their loyalties to the country. This is absolutely not true.
Members of the security forces that had served throughout the period of the communist insurgency can easily vouch that they had never seen a single UMNO member carrying a 30 kilo pack filled with ration and ammunitions on their back and a rifle in hand, foraging the jungles of Pahang, Perak, Kedah and Sarawak, risking stepping on booby traps, to seek out the communist insurgents. Neither have any of its members fallen fighting the communist insurgents.
Patriot urges Najib to correct the unscrupulous statement he made.
BG Dato Mohamed Arshad Raji (Rtd)
President, Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan