KUALA TERENGGANU: The daughter of policeman Kons Jaafar Hassan, who was killed during the Bukit Kepong tragedy, says she will never forgive PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu for questioning the heroism of her father and the others involved.
Azlas Jaafar, 62, said Mohamad dishonoured her father's sacrifice.
“I am very sad that he (allegedly) hailed the communists' as heroes.
“My family and I do not want to have anything to do with him,” she said at her home in Cendering here yesterday.
Among those at her side was her aunt Minah Mohamad, 85.
Azlas said her mother Seri Ahmad told her that her father died during a gunfire battle following an attack by a group of communists.
“I was only a year old when the incident occurred.
“My father was shot but other policemen had to endure torture by the communists before being burnt alive,” she said, adding that both she and her mother had been living in Muar, Johor, when the attack occurred.
Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, who visited Azlas, said PAS members should admit they made a mistake in electing Mohamad as their deputy president.
“He was willing to insult the nation's policemen to win support from non-Malays.”
“We cannot simply rewrite history based on our whims and fancy, and this latest controversy will show people PAS' true nature,” he said.
In KUALA LUMPUR, the family of Mohammad Indera, better known as Mat Indera, who was alleged to be one of those instrumental in the attack on Bukit Kepong, has refuted reports that he was a communist.
Mat Indera's brother Baharom Shah, 65, said the family wanted his name cleared so that he could be recognised as a patriot and not a traitor.
“My brother was committed to his religion and would never have accepted communist teachings,” said Baharom.
He claimed that Mat Indera had not collaborated with communists and instead worked with nationalist groups Angkatan Pemuda Insaf (API) and Parti Kebangsaan Melayu Malaya (PKMM).
“My brother had not come to Bukit Kepong to fight, but to help the victims. Among those he saved were police officer Yusof Rono and Jamilah Abu Bakar, the daughter of one of the marines at Bukit Kepong,” he claimed.
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