Don’t take peace for granted, advises Bukit Kepong victim

Helping hand: Mohmad Salleh (middle) presenting aid to Jamilah (right) at Bukit Kepong police station while Johor police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff (left) looks on.

MUAR: Witnessing her mother and younger brother killed before her eyes is something Jamilah Abu Bakar has never forgotten.

Jamilah was only four when communists invaded the Bukit Kepong police station here on Feb 23, 1950 at around 5am.

She was asleep on that fateful day and woke up after hearing a loud explosion.

“I saw my father bleeding from the chest while my mother and younger brother Hassan were lying motionless on the floor,” said Jamilah, 69.

Seconds later, a communist grabbed and threw her into a nearby drain.

“Before he could stab me with a bayonet, other villagers came to my aid and hid me,” the housewife said in between sobs after receiving aid during a police assembly with retired police officers to commemorate the incident at Galeri Darurat, Bukit Kepong police station here on Monday.

Jamilah along with her father and another younger brother Hussin, who was Hassan’s twin, survived.

“My father continued working as a marine police officer but I knew he was disturbed by the incident.

“We even lost Hussin,” said Jamilah, adding she only managed to locate her brother some 44 years later.

She urged the younger generation not to take for granted the peace and harmony achieved in multiracial Malaysia.

Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh said many people lost their lives during the time.

“Many sacrificed their lives for the safety of the country,” he said, adding that even now, the police force faces multiple challenges in ensuring the safety and security of Malaysians.

Comm Mohmad also said those who joined Islamic State (IS) lacked understanding on Islam.

He said the high number of teenagers getting involved with IS came from religious schools.

“Do they really know about Islam?” he questioned.

Comm Mohmad also urged parents to keep a close watch on their children, especially their social media and Internet use, as these channels were used by terrorist groups to influence the young.

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