“In memory of Malayan heroes in the resistance movement against Japanese invasion 1941-1945″
DAP SG Lim Guan Eng led a delegation to pay respect to the anti Japanese army heroes this morning. They also stage a protest in front of the monument to warn the Umno racists like Zam and Mohamad Hasan not to divert the attention of Malaysians. Lim said that the people in general are now pretty upset with the burden of inflation and high cost of living thanks to the Umno-led Government.
Meanwhile, NS Menteri Besar Mohamad Hasan has retracted his order of demolition through the Chiarman of NS Chinese Assembly Hall according to Merdekareview. And Zam has claimed that he has explained his case to MCA and he wanted the matter to rest at that. Both of them should be bold enough to admit their mistakes and they would not raise the issue again.
Both Malaysiakini and Merdekareview have the stories…
‘Communist monument’ a diversion
|The ruckus over a monument for slain Second World War heroes in Nilai, Negri Sembilan was a racially-charged and calculated diversion by the ruling party from problems it is currently facing, said DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.He said the Umno-led government was bogged by a sluggish national economy and party infighting and had made allegations that the monument was glorifying the communist to stir up racial sentiments.Lim said this after visiting the monument at the Nilai Memorial Park today and told reporters that not a single mention of the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) or communism was found among the inscriptions on the monument.“He (Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin) should come personally to see the site before making wild allegations,” said Lim, who was also accompanied by Lobak assemblyperson Loke Siew Fook.Last Saturday, Zainuddin alleged that memorials for the communist were being erected in
Sarawak and Nilai.The committee behind the memorial denied this and added that the memorial – inscribed in five languages: Bahasa Malaysia, English, Chinese, Tamil and Japanese – commemorated the deeds of slain war heroes from all backgrounds. MB’s ‘advice’
Following this, Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Mohammad Hasan yesterday urged for the memorial to be demolished.“Nilai itu saya telah beri amaran supaya mereka robohkan, sebab … (I have warned them to tear down the Nilai monument, because) it should be a sensitive issue in the country,” said Mohammad after chairing the state executive committee meeting.He later clarified that his ‘warning’ was intended to be an ‘advice’, reported Sin Chew Daily today.The memorial includes a monolith which reads, “In memory of Malayan heroes in the resistance movement against Japanese invasion 1941-1945″. Construction of the monolith began in August and is on-going.Next to the monolith is an existing memorial-cum-altar for 18 CPM and Malaysian People’s Anti-Japanese Army commanders who were slaughtered by Japanese troops on Sept 18, 1942. Don’t pervert historyThis memorial (left) was erected after the bodies of the 18 were removed from their original mass graves, which were neglected, and moved to Nilai in 2003.It carried the sole inscription, “September 1 heroes memorial”.Lim also said the recent events had shown that the government was attempting to erase history and forget the contributions of others in the armed struggle against Japanese forces during the war.“Their inclinations after that is a separate matter… all those who fought against the Japanese should be recognised,” said Lim.Lim likened the treatment of these fallen war heroes to the attacks made by Umno against its former president and former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.“But then, even if they may not agree with him now, they still recognise his past contributions,” added Lim.
林冠英在现场一再强调，任何人都不能否定抗日烈士为保卫马来亚所作的牺牲和贡献，政府不应该试图重写历史扭曲事实，更不应该以族群论调议论抗日事迹。他说，新闻部长再努丁迈丁不但扭曲抗日纪念碑的意义，也试图扭曲抗日救国的历史，令它看来成为一个族群议题。由新闻部长再努丁迈丁（Zainuddin Maidin）挑起的“私人墓园立碑纪念马来亚共产党”的争议，最近成为国内外媒体竞相报道的新闻；今早也有多家国内外媒体都到场采访。再努丁迈丁是在上周六（12月16日）于吉打州双溪大年指责“特定人士”在华人私人墓园设立纪念碑，纪念共产党的斗争。虽然华人社团纷纷反击再努丁的说法，但再努丁态度强硬，不愿道歉。【点击：马来亚共产党确是抗日主力 前党员：立碑纪念何错之有？】