KUALA LUMPUR – July 30, 2018: Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu wants Malaysians to learn the differences between the communist and their forefathers’ fight for independence.
This comes amidst an ongoing debate over the need for the country’s history textbooks to also detail how the Malayan Communist Party (MCP) had contributed to the independence of the country.
“I don’t think they (proponents who want to highlight the MCP’s contributions) subscribe to communist ideology. We need to know how to differentiate between the struggles of the communists and the people.
“Back then, some of those who fought for the people’s struggles were also branded as communists,” contended Mohamad, citing Young Malays Union founder Ibrahim Yaakob and writer/journalist Ishak Muhammad (Pak Sako) as those who were labelled communists.
The two were branded by the British as such due to their affiliation and stint with the MCP, especially after Pak Sako became a central committee member of the MCP in 1941.
The present debate ensued after activist and lawyer Fadiah Nadwa Fikri asked the government to appreciate the MCP’s contributions at a forum on Saturday.
Malaya became independent in 1957 while the MCP agreed to a ceasefire of its insurgency only in 1989 after signing the Hatyai Peace Agreement.