I’m attracted to a post by The Sensintrovert that highlights an episode on the current communist memorial controversy between Malaysian information minister Zainuddin Maidin and certain fraction within the Chinese Malaysian community. In the article by Bernama:
Zainuddin, who is also the Member of Parliament for Merbok, had alleged during a speech at a Merbok Puteri Umno function last week that such memorials had been found at private Chinese cemeteries in Sarawak and in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan.
According to him, memorials should only be erected for those who had fought for the country’s independence or against the communists, irrespective of which group or movement they belonged to.
Dear minister, what if the communists had fought for Malayan independence? When the communists were fighting for Malayan independence, where was UMNO?
The communists did fight for Malayan independence and by your own qualification, memorials for the communists could be erected.
Regardless, not that I support typical communist ideals, sir, it’s none of your business. Those memorials are on private properties.
“We should not pay tribute to one movement or group that involved only a particular race but individuals or larger organisations that had played instrumental roles for the benefit of all the races in the country,” he said.
Oh, really? What about UMNO which its membership involved only a particular race?