Thursday, December 21, 2006

Salute anti-fascist martyrs, patriots of all races !

May the souls of allies and friends of all nations rest in peace.

The issue of "communist monuments in Chinese cemetary " stirred up by 'Information' Minister Zainuddin Maidin certainly requires reasoned response based on intellectual clarity and moral courage:

1. During the 44-month of Japanese occupation of Malaya, the largest and only effectively functioning armed opposition to fascism was undeniably the Malayan People's Anti-Japanese Army (MPAJA) which, also undeniably, was organised and operated by the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) in alliance with the former Soviet Union, Britain, China, the United States of America and Free France, and the resistance was named Resist-Japan-Defend-Malaya Guerrilla War;

2. Although the MPAJA is largely Chinese-based, there were also Malay, Indian and Eurasian participation, both as communists as well as non-communists, as armed partisans or underground workers or Allies' personnel of special operations; there were also some tiny groupings, led by some conscientious Kuomintang men and women such as Lim Bo Seng, which resisted the Occupation;

3. Before the fall of Singapore on 15 February, 1942, the main fighting forces against the invasion were the British, Australian and Indian troops who were defeated in the 70-day Malayan Campaign by fascist Japan;

4. The armed resistance to Japanese occupation by the people of Malaya of all races, spearheaded by the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM), is a critical part of the process of the multi-ethnic struggle for national self-determination and independence;

5. All insidious attempts to erase or distort the true history of our multi-ethnic nation must be firmly and decisively opposed, and the honour and integrity of the tombs of the anti-fascist martyrs of all races as well as those of fallen allies and friends of all nations must be defended with no intellectual or political compromise.


Blogger hawaiichee said...

Thousands expected at anti-toll hike demo
Bede Hong
Dec 19, 06 12:28pm Adjust font size:

Opposition parties and consumer groups are planning a mammoth
protest against the increase in toll hikes for five major highways
in the Klang Valley.

It is learnt that thousands are expected to turn up at the protest
which will be held along the Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP)
highway on Jan 7.

PAS Youth chief Salahuddin Ayub said the Islamic opposition party
alone will bring between 5,000 and 10,000 protestors.

"We are sad that the government is not considerate towards the
people, especially those with low incomes," he said when met after a
closed-door discussion in Kuala Lumpur last night.

The hour-long discussion at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese
Assembly Hall was attended by DAP Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, Parti
Sosialis Malaysia secretary-general S Arutchelvan, PAS treasurer
Hatta Ramli, Parti Keadilan Rakyat information chief Tian Chua and
Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) president Syed Shahrir Syed

A `Protes Kenaikan Tol' committee has been set up and will be helmed
by Syed Shahrir.

Last week, the government announced that the toll rates for the five
highways will rise between 20 to 60 percent effective Jan 1. LDP
will see its toll rise from RM1 to RM1.60.

Tian said the Jan 7 protest will not only see the participation of
party members. "Local residents who are unhappy with the toll hike
will also participate, " he added when met at the same venue.

Syed Shahrir said the committee has yet to decide on the exact
location to hold the protest.

"It would likely be somewhere where there are parking spaces for the
protestors. We would not be blocking traffic. However, we would be
visible to road users.

"It's a big mobilisation. I don't think it would be solely because
of the toll hikes. The public is very angry at a combination of
things that happened this year, including the fuel hikes," he added.

Buy back highways

The committee will also submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister's
Department on Dec 27 denouncing the toll hikes.

The memorandum will call on the government to make public the
clauses in the concessionaire agreements and to buy back the

Works Minister S Samy Vellu disclosed that it cost RM4.13 billion to
construct the five highways: LDP, Shah Alam Highway, Cheras-Kajang
Highway, Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway and the Guthrie Corridor

The minister also revealed that a RM2.589 billion compensation
package for the five concessionaires was to be incurred from Jan 1,
2007 when the new toll rates take effect to the next review in toll
rates, which is between 2010 and 2012.

Samy Vellu also said the government had to compensate a total of
RM2.275 billion to the operators of four of the five highways, not
including Guthrie Corridor, which is a new highway.

However, while he gave a breakdown of this figure, he did not
specify over what period of time this amount was paid.

But going by this, the government could be paying as much as RM4.9
billion in compensation alone for the highways.

Opposition party DAP has urged the government to buy up the five
highways by paying the concessionaires RM4.13 billion for the total
construction cost.

In a related development, DAP will proceed with the Dec 31 protest
at the Grand Saga toll plaza along the Cheras highway. The protest
is jointly organised by the Bandar Mahkota Cheras Open Access Road
Action Committee (BMC-OARAC).

On Sunday, a protest organised by DAP and BMC-OARAC saw some 800
people taking to the streets in Cheras to vent their frustration
against the toll hike.

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi James,
The MPAJA's role as the principal armed resistance to the Japanese occupation of Malaya is well documented and very much part of mainstream history. Why is our Information minister trying to re-write history ?

Malayans of different backgrounds resisted or helped the resistance. Does anyone still remember Sybil Karthigesu ?
Even if many of them were communists, there is nothing wrong with honouring those who had died resisting the Japanese invasion, if it is done in a non-political manner. I don't know what exact words are used in the Nilai memorial, but I don't believe there is anything said about communism.
The suffering during the Japanese occupation is part of the family folklore of many Malaysian Chinese homes, and for those who had lost a loved one, the pain never goes away.
Zam is being very insensitive in simply branding all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice as communists.

I happen to think the CPM was dead wrong in its subsequent armed campaign to create a communist state in Malaya.

But that doesn't invalidate the MPAJA's central role in the struggle against the Japanese in WWII.

8:01 PM  

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