The Chinese are very sensitive about any mention of May 13.
DAP Member of Parliament Oscar Ling (pix below) yesterday complained that a Form 4 textbook published by the Education Ministry and Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka contained the following sentence, “Mengapa orang Cina mesti membunuh orang Melayu, dan mengapa orang Melayu mesti membunuh orang Cina?”
Coverage of the issue in the online media
• ‘MP: Racial conflict poser from ministry textbook’ – Malaysiakini, 3:24PM Nov 4, 2014
• ‘Publisher of ‘racially sensitive’ book apologises’ – Malaysiakini, 2:22PM Nov 4, 2014
• ‘MP: SPM model paper has racial conflict posers’ – Malaysiakini, 2:59PM Nov 3, 2014
Other news portals such as TMI, FMT, Malaysia Chronicle and Rakyat Times have reported on YB Ling’s complaint as well.
From the Interlok author again
The passage alluding to May 13 – see scan above – that DAP is unhappy about is excerpted from a short story by Abdullah Hussain.
Abdullah’s writings are no stranger to controversy. His novel Interlok was removed as an SPM Bahasa Melayu compulsory literature text after strong protests by the non-Malays.
Reaction to the latest DAP complaint has been immediate.The Kertas Model workbook was swiftly withdrawn from circulation on the heels of the publisher’s apology.
Supaya pelajar tidak buta sejarah tentang Bintang Tiga
It would not surprise us that the DAP (or perhaps The J-Star) would be equally sensitive about the mention of the Bintang Tiga communist terrorists in our school books.
Dirgahayu Bahasaku, a 1Malaysia textbook published by the Education Ministry and DBP for the literature component of the Form 5 Bahasa Melayu subject, contains some similarly “sensitive-to-Chinese” passages too.
The following excerpt is from a play titled Dato’ Onn which is prescribed for the BM paper’s Drama selection. (The other sections are Puisi Tradisional, Sajak, Prosa Tradisional and Cerpen).
The paragraph describes the interregnum of 1945, i.e. short period of bloody anarchy after the Japanese surrendered and before the British troops returned – “Berakhirnya perang, bukanlah jaminan keamanan. Pasukan MPAJA masuk ke kampung, bandar dan pekan, menunjukkan taring dan belang.”
“Menangkap dan membunuh sesiapa sahaja yang mereka bimbang menjadi musuh dalam perjuangan. Menegakkan negara komunis yang diidamkan mereka.”
1945 – The year our rivers ran red with blood
“Bakar semua, bakar semua
Jangan ada yang tersisa
Hapuskan musuh kita
Biar musnah segalanya.” – Kial Salleh
From the Dirgahayu Bahasaku textbook for the compulsory pass BM paper, our Fifth Formers learn that Kial Salleh is the Malay warrior belonging to Tentera Selempang Merah.
The kiyal and his army had slaughtered the communist guerrillas in Batu Pahat with their parang panjang.
(The curious photo below of rifle-armed Malay women from the period is sourced from the Internet.)
Reason Kiai Salleh ran amok
Dirgahayu Bahasaku reveals that Kiai Salleh felt “Maruah kita tercemar, agama Islam terancam. Kita mesti lawan, kita mesti lawan, kita mesti tentang. Angkara komunis ini tidak harus dibiarkan.”
And therefore Kiai Salleh and his Malay warriors unsheathed their weapons. “Mereka menghunuskan senjata kemudian bergerak untuk menyerang. Rumah-rumah mula dijilat api. Pembunuhan berlaku dengan kejamnya dan permusuhan pun bermaharajalela” (p.326).
More passages from Page 326:
The aggravation by the communist was obviously very great to make the Malays in Batu Pahat see red.
Tiada lagi kasih sayang
Tiada lagi belas kasihan.
Membalas dendam tiada pertimbangan
Mengikut perasaan hati yang marah
Membangkit permusuhan dan pertentangan
Berlakulah pembunuhan dan pertumpahan darah.”
“Kalau kita beri muka, dia naik kepala”
Dirgahayu Bahasaku, Page 329
One of Kiai Salleh’s followers Jamil Markom, who is the son of the Bukit Pasir village headman, advises Dato’ Onn:
“Mana boleh sama rata? Ini negeri Melayu. Orang macam ni Dato’ tak boleh beri muka. Kalau kita beri muka, dia naik kepala. Orang macam ini, parang panjang saja ubatnya.”
While the antenna of the DAP censors is very attuned to any mention of May 13 – over which party supremo Lim Kit Siang was detained 1-and-½ years under ISA for his role in the episode – nonetheless the radar of the DAP fails to register the lesser known Sino-Malay conflict of 1945.
The Malay-Chinese and Chinese-Malay killings appear to take place in periodic cycles.
From 1945 to 1969 is 14 years. Between 1969 and 1987 is an interval of 18 years. Although there were no race riots in 1987, still, Ops Lalang was carried out as a preventive measure.
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Can’t get away from the FITNAH element
In Page 330, Kiai Salleh explains:
“Orang Melayu tidak puas hati kerana baru-baru ini MPAJA telah membunuh dan membakar kampung-kampung Melayu.
The spreading of fitnah appears to be a consistent modus operandi. Back in 1945,the Malays were already complaining – see p.331.
“Di tengah luka nan parah
Pertiwi dilanda fitnah
Arus sengketa berdarah.”
While the PPTA politicians are not taking any trouble to educate the public about Malaysian history, our educationists and sasterawan-sasterawan are at least picking up the slack.
Dato’ Onn responds on Page 331:
“Bersatu kita kuat, orang-orang Melayu harus bersatu. Kita tidak mampu berpecah-belah. Biar apa fahaman kita sekalipun, kita mesti bersatu.”
Ish, nanti DAP akan dakwa ada agenda BTN pula nih.
BELOW: SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) that doesn’t change … Hannah Yeoh alleges that Utusan stoked racial tensions post-tsunami
Leaders who write
If you study the history of Malay nationalism, it has always been the writers and journalists (e.g. from Utusan) who carry the torch for semangat perjuangan. Truth to tell, writing is a good form of training the mind. It allows us to arrange our thoughts and sharpen our principles.
Aside from politics, Dato’ Onn Ja’afar had a career in journalism and was an editor. Dr Mahathir Mohamad besides being a physician also penned his Che Det newspaper column.
Najib Razak on the other hand appears to rely on speechwriters and expensive media consultants to prepare his drafts. Sad to say unlike the Tun, Najib does not appear to write his own stuff. (He should.)
BELOW: Hannah Yeoh accuses Utusan of selling lies daily. Wonder if she will now similarly accuse our school textbooks of peddling lies
The current crop of Umno leaders?
They selfie, they Instagram hashtag #lifestyle and they zumba-zumba.
If these Pemuda Umno were to have been the Malays living in the 1940s Emergency era, it’s almost certain that today our country would be communist and ruled by Chin Peng’s successors.