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Sunday August 28, 2011

Mat Sabu's remarks an insult, says Muhyiddin

KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the alleged remarks by PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu that the communist terrorists (CTs) who attacked the Bukit Kepong police station in the 1950s were the true heroes of the country was an insult to those who had fought for the country’s freedom.

The Deputy Prime Minister expressed disappointment that Mohamad Sabu, better known as Mat Sabu, had allegedly made the remarks at a political talk in Tasek Gelugor, Penang, on Aug 21, according to a local daily.

Muhyiddin said the PAS leader had reportedly said Malaysia’s former prime ministers, the late Tunku Abdul Rahman and the late Datuk Onn Jaafar, did not qualify to be called freedom fighters.

“He had arrogantly hailed the CTs as heroes. Such remarks are a manifestation of Mat Sabu’s ignorance of the contributions of past Malay leaders in the fight to gain independence for Malaysia,” he said in a statement here yesterday.

Muhyiddin stressed that Mat Sabu should apologise to all Malaysians if he had made the irresponsible comments.

“He (Mat Sabu) has forgotten that it was because of their (past Malay leaders) struggle that Malays were inspired to rise to oppose the English colonists and the Malayan Union.

“It was because of the contributions of these leaders that gave birth to Umno to fight for independence and defend the sovereignty of the Malay rulers, Malay rights, the Malay language and Islam,” said Muhyiddin.

Pagoh Barisan Nasional Youth chief Ismail Mohamed lodged a police report at the Pagoh police station in Muar, Johor, over the matter.

According to the report, Mat Sabu, when giving the talk, had allegedly claimed that the CTs who attacked and killed 25 police personnel and their families in the Bukit Kepong tragedy were the real heroes as they were actually fighting the British. — Bernama

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