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Dato Onn’s heroic ride on his basikal buruk in Batu Pahat

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Trivia: Umno founder Dato’ Onn Jaafar was a journalist, you know, in the early part of his career. Among other publications, he wrote in Lembaga, Lembaga Malaya and Warta Malaya.

He was appointed District Officer of Batu Pahat at a time when Sino-Malay race relations was at one of its worst.

A short anecdote:

Extract from Dato’ Onn Jaafar: Pengasas Kemerdekaan, a biography by Prof. Dr Ramlah Adam

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Mukasurat 74

“Onn tidak memberitahu isterinya cara untuk mengatasi masalah ketegangan kaum itu. Tetapi pada malam itu Onn tidur awal walaupun itu bukan kebiasaannya. Pada pukul lima pagi keesokannya iaitu pada 21 Ogos 1945, Onn dengan berpakaian biasa, terus mencapai sebuah basikal Raleigh Standard, yang sangat buruk. Itulah satu-satunya alat pengangkutan yang boleh didapati pada zaman perang itu. Isterinya, hanya dapat memerhatikan sahaja gelagat Onn. Beliau terpaksa membiarkan Onn pergi walaupun hatinya sangat bimbang.

“Dengan mengayuh basikal buruknya, Onn menuju ke Bukit Pasir, ibu pejabat MPAJA—Bintang Tiga di Batu Pahat. Bukit Pasir yang terletak hampir 3 atau 4 batu dari pekan Batu Pahat adalah kawasan hutan kecil yang bersambung dengan hutan besar Titiwangsa. Jalan menuju ke Bukit Pasir dipenuhi oleh hutan dan ladang getah. Onn begitu cekal melalui jalan yang sunyi itu tanpa diiringi oleh sesiapa pun. Perjumpaan Onn dengan ketua MPAJA itu diatur oleh seorang guru Melayu bernama Jamil Markom, yang berkawan baik dengan ketua MPAJA. Ada pula sumber yang mengatakan Onn pergi tanpa orang perantaraan.”

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Dato’ Onn was successful in his negotiation with the MPAJA. They sacrificed a lembu for the occasion and the daging korban was distributed to the Malay villagers of Bukit Pasir. On the Chinese side, they slaughtered a pig.

(There is a reason for my telling of the Dato’ Onn story.)

KJ's convoy of Range Rovers
KJ’s convoy

Stopping the Batu Pahat amok

Petikan mukasurat 76-77 daripada biografi Dato’ Onn oleh Dr Ramlah

“Onn tiba di Bagan sebelum serangan Kiai Salleh bermula. Beliau dan pengikutnya sedang menyeksa Wong Ah Teu, seorang tauke Cina yang dikatakan menjadi perisik MPAJA. Sebaik-baik sahaja motorkar Austin 10, yang dinaiki oleh Onn tiba, Kiai Salleh dan orang-orangnya berhenti menyeksa tauke tersebut. Mereka tidak menduga pegawai daerah Batu Pahat tiba begitu mendadak sekali. Mereka menyangka serangan mereka ke atas pekan Batu Pahat tidak diketahui oleh sesiapa pun.

“Ada beberapa pendapat yang berbeza tentang cara Onn Ja’afar berbincang dengan Kiai Salleh. Mengikut satu temu ramah yang disokong oleh sebuah kajian, Onn Ja’afar dikatakan meminta Kiai Salleh meletakkan senjata dan memberinya peluang menjalankan pentadbiran Batu Pahat dengan aman. Untuk itu, Kiai Salleh memberi syarat bahawa jika MPAJA menyerang orang Melayu, beliau tidak teragak-agak membalasnya. Mengikut sumber tulisan pula, dikatakan Onn Ja’afar dengan penuh marah telah menengking Kiai Salleh, dengan mengatakan selagi beliau menjadi pegawai daerah Batu Pahat, ia tidak akan membenarkan Kiai Salleh membuat sesuka hati. Kata-kata Onn yang penuh dengan ketegasan itu menyebabkan Kiai Salleh tergamam dan bersetuju dengan arahan Onn Ja’afar.

“Pada keesokannya, 23 Ogos 1945, demi untuk mencari penyelesaian yang kekal, Onn mengadakan satu perundingan di antara Kiai Salleh dan beberapa orang pemimpin Melayu dengan ketua MPAJA. Ia diadakan di Dewan Pemiagaan Cina Batu Pahat yang terletak di tengah-tengah pekan Batu Pahat. Kesemua mereka bersetuju memberhentikan pergaduhan. Bendera MPAJA-Bintang Tiga di rumah pasung (balai polis) Batu Pahat diturunkan tanpa bantahan daripada MPAJA. Kiai Salleh pula diminta oleh Onn melepaskan orang Cina yang menjadi tebusan di Parit Raja dan menasihatkan ketua-ketua kampung meletakkan senjata.”

DNA: Umno’s peacemaker genes

“Bagaimanapun, pada 9 September 1945, sekali lagi Onn terpaksa menunjukkan ketegasannya sebagai pegawai daerah Batu Pahat. Beliau terpaksa mengawal sekumpulan orang Melayu yang masih lagi tidak menghormati keputusan 23 Ogos 1945 itu. Sebahagian daripada mereka masih lagi mahu membalas dendam.

Mengikut Onn:

“It was at the request of the leaders of MPAJA and officers of Force 136 then stationed in Batu Pahat that I went across the river and stopped the fighting and murderous kiling that was going on that particular day. I left the bed-side of a dying nephew to go across the river and stopped with bitter words, the action of the Malays who had already killed dozens of Chinese men, women and children. I took back with me in my car Chinese who had not yet been killed. I took them to Batu Pahat and handed them to the Chinese community.”

“Selepas itu tidak terdapat peristiwa pertempuran besar-besaran antara kedua-dua pihak. Onn, dengan itu dapat mengamankan Batu Pahat. Beliau berjaya menghentikan serangan MPAJA dan orang Melayu sehingga kedua-dua pihak memberi kerjasama kepadanya sebagai pegawai daerah Batu Pahat. Oleh kerana keupayaannya itu beliau dipanggil sebagai ‘peacemaker’ Batu Pahat.”

And that, dear readers, was the founder of Umno — our country’s greatest statesman.

Read also ‘Handsome, dashing and fearless

Below is Zaid Ibrahim — Malaysia’s most genuinely ‘progressive’, ‘liberal’ and ‘reformist’ politician. He’s correct to call out Khairy as a false interloper.

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Ya lor, KJ as “progressive” as Anwar

Below is what Zaid has to say:

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“In the UK, reformists sometimes use the term “progressive” when they are not happy with either the Conservatives or the left-leaning socialists in Labour. There is not much difference, however, among the three big parties on the ‘big issues’, such as the meaning of democracy; the need for accountability and transparency in Government; the need for the Rule of Law  to be applicable at all times […]

“By now most of us have read about the great success of Khairy Jamaluddin and Dato Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil at the recent Umno polls. Everyone was ecstatic that the so-called ‘progressive forces’ in Umno had won. In their opinion, the fact that the relatively unknown challengers (whose names many people could hardly spell) failed to unseat the powerful incumbents signaled a major political shift in Malaysian politics. That’s how desperate Malaysians have become for change: they are willing to clutch at straws or believe in shadows if it helps them be happy with the conditions in the country.

“A political party does not become something else just because some unknown challengers could not make any headway. The nature of the party—its political DNA—does not change. The incumbents do not become ‘progressive’ just because they defeated challengers whose ideological viewpoints were different from theirs, just as the country did not become safer a week after the Prevention of Crime Act was passed.

“I hope the supporters of the UMNO ‘progressives’ and their allies will help explain how this changes Umno in ways that we the rakyat can relate to, and what policies they will bring about that are substantially different from the ones we already have. Will Utusan Malaysia be different now? Will Dato’ Seri Zahid Hamidi lose in the polls, or is he also a progressive?  How are Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein’s views, for example, different from Tan Sri Isa Samad’s in politics, governance, integrity and accountability? How is Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir more racist than, say Datuk Seri Ali Rustam or even Zahid?”

“I am raising these questions because we must not treat the success of a certain gang or group as ‘progressive’ just because they have conveniently and successfully labeled their opponents as ‘right wing’.” <Unquote>

Zaid is right about the false hope placed on KJ.

I hope that he is wrong about the Umno DNA. I hope against hope that Umno might be able to redeem itself before it is too late.

The party would have stood a better chance of doing so had Akhramsyah Sanusi and Mukhriz Mahathir been elected. Such is the pity.

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16 thoughts on “Dato Onn’s heroic ride on his basikal buruk in Batu Pahat

  1. Re. The party would have stood a better chance of doing so had Akhramsyah Sanusi and Mukhriz Mahathir been elected. Such is the pity.

    Even my friend a 73 year old retiree friend, a totok PAS member is “unhappy” that H20 won but gave thumb up for Zahid Hamidi. We just had a teh tarik earlier and as usual he was into into UMNO bashing mode that I normally “tak layan”, but today is different.

    1. LOL,

      I am happy that Dr zahid won. But I too would be much happier if Mukhriz won.

      I however, am more worried that i feel Najib is still out of touch with reality. He did not admonish his brother on the latter’s insulting remark on DEB.

      1. Re. He did not admonish his brother on the latter’s insulting remark on DEB.

        One can only so much Shamsul. Like Islam1st that he has no say about his daughter voting for H2O.

  2. “That’s how desperate Malaysians have become for change: they are willing to clutch at straws or believe in shadows if it helps them be happy with the conditions in the country.”

    this sums it all up exactly and precisely, take heed mca, umno, mic gerakan and the rest of the gang you are surviving on borrowed time, yet still belligerently drunk on your own crap and once you overdose on your own crap its going to be bye bye , and hello DAP and associates

  3. Zaid’s comment include asking how Mukhriz in more racist than Ali Rustam and Zahid? Will Utusan be different now?

    He he he.. now that is desperation bro

  4. At least Zahid hold his seat. I do not trust KJ due to his past but peoples change as time passes. I pray that KJ returns to the original idea why Umno exists in the 1st place.

    1. re: “I do not trust KJ due to his past”

      I do not trust his present; he’s the first Umno Minister to have a Dapster-Scissorati Press Secretary and this fact alone should ring alarm bells

      Umno should really, really fear his future.

      Came across the comment by a commenter calling him/herself
      XOTISA (part copypasted below is Syed Akbar’s blog) about KJ’s Endless Possiblities.

      “Pabila UMNO sudah di rasuk fahaman liberal secara TOTAL, dengan bantuan kepimpinan UMNO sy yakin tiada halangan untuk dirikan UNITY GOMEN khasnya dgn DAP serta Spura.”

      http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=6837597152027639367&postID=3342646167286096488

      Sunday, October 20, 2013 5:49:00 PM”

  5. ‘The party would have stood a better chance of doing so had Akhramsyah Sanusi and Mukhriz Mahathir been elected. Such is the pity.’

    Helen, in all seriousness, do you really think that UMNO’s future would fare better in the hands of Aku Melayu Akhramsyah and Chinese School last Mukhriz?

    I mean, I’m all for them too, but coming from you, who is a staunch supporter of SJKCTs, and at the same time calling for UMNO to be more and more Melayu is a good thing, yes?

    1. KJ is Anwar 2.0.

      Anwar was responsible for Islamizing the national schools, neutering the Christian legacy of of the mission schools and sparking the 1987 dispute with Dong Zong – over the placement of non-Mandarin speaking HMs in SRJK(C)s – that led to the ISA swoop Ops Lalang.

      What they (Anwar, KJ) tell their gullible Chinese oppo supporters is one thing. What they do is another, or in other words Cakap Tak Serupa Bikin. What they’re both capable of doing is something even far worth.

      As for Mukhriz and his Chinese School last policy, shades of Dr M! We may hate his guts but we gotta respect his straight-talking. Although Mukhriz does not favour Chinese schools, I appreciate his forthrightness in telling it as it is (i.e. his political approach).

      For the same reason, I wouldn’t trust the DAP evangelista politicians to walk my dog b’cos they tanam tebu di tepi bibir tetapi penuh tipu muslihat serta tikam belakang. Whereas Mukhriz is upfront about what he intends to do.

      Dr M’s assessment made in 1965:

      ““It is a peculiarity of this country that those who openly accept the fact of racial division are the people less prone to racialist politics. The Alliance is based on racialism where its party structure is concerned, but its decisions are the results of mutual ‘give-and-take’ amongst its constituents and no longer represents a purely racialist stand-point.

      “On the other hand, the so-called non-communal parties are the most communal and racialist in their attitudes. Basically, they are pure Chinese chauvinists, or they derive inspirations from a common dislike for the Malays.”

      Source:
      Hansard @ http://www.parlimen.gov.my/files/hindex/pdf/DR-26051965.pdf

      As for Akhram, I agree with his assessment of KJ.

      On another note, Akhram’s academic and professional CV is more impressive than KJ’s.

      1. ‘On another note, Akhram’s academic and professional CV is more impressive than KJ’s.’

        Coming to read a lot on him lately, especially on Din’s turtle, I have come to thinks so too. He is also articulate and straight forward in speaking his mind of. But then again, politics is politics, straight talking is never a good thing, like what Mukhriz and Anwar (at the opposing end, I might add) had shown us.

      2. Re. Akhram’s academic and professional CV is more impressive than KJ’s.

        A real day job that is to start with.

      3. Re What they (Anwar, KJ) tell their gullible Chinese oppo supporters is one thing. What they do is another, or in other words Cakap Tak Serupa Bikin. What they’re both capable of doing is something even far worth

        They would close those Chinese schools if they sense an opportunity to do so. But of course the gullible Chinese think they are dealing with a “reformed” AI. They think this new AI is going to treat them differently.

        As for AI 2.0, still too early to tell but then again, there’s no reason to believe he will turn out differently than the original AI.

        In other words, both are taking the gullible Chinese for a ride.

  6. Cikgu Jamil Markom did mention about titah Tuanku Sultan Johor yang dibawa oleh Dato Onn kepada Kiyai Salleh..

    Hopefully in our next ‘stupid war’, there is people like Dato Onn and good follower like Cikgu Jamil and my father..

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