IPOH, Sept 9 (Bernama) — Those who do not abide by the Constitution cannot be regarded as heroes, said historian Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Khoo Kay Kim. He said attacking a police station — one of the symbols of sovereignty — was deemed an act against the government led by the Malay Rulers.
“The Constitution is the supreme law of the country and other laws that are inconsistent with it, are invalid.
“The attack on the (Bukit Kepong) police station was actually an act against the government. The British officers were merely employees of the country, they were paid out of the country’s revenue,” he said at a discourse on the real heroes of Bukit Kepong here today.
The forum was held following controversial remarks made by Pas deputy president Mohamad Sabu, better known as Mat Sabu, on the Bukit Kepong incident.
Mat Sabu had allegedly said at a ceramah recently that Muhammad Indera Ahmad Indera or Mat Indera, who helped the communist terrorists in the attack on the Bukit Kepong police station, was the real hero, and not the 20 policemen and their families who died defending the station as they were “British officers.”
Khoo said the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) wanted to establish the world order, albeit the communist order devoid of nationhood or political boundaries.
He said the weak school education system resulted in Mat Sabu hailing Mat Indera a hero as he read books written by those who did not understand and know the history of the country.
He said the Malaysian history was very complex and those who wanted to write the history of the country must know and understand the history of China, India and Indonesia.
“History cannot be changed, it is not easy to write history. History is not a story, some people thought history is a story. It is based on the facts,” he said.
Khoo said the importance of laws should be imparted in schools.
Another panel member, Prof Datuk Dr Ramlah Adam from Universiti Teknologi Mara said Mat Indera was a member of the Communist Party of Malaya and not a warrior.
She said at the outset, the British ruled Malaya under the ambit of the Malay Rulers who had never lost their power.
However, when the British attempted to have total control of Malaya through the formation of the Malayan Union in 1946, the Malays revolted as they could not accept the authority of the Malay Rulers being curtailed, said Ramlah.
She said VAT 69 troops, who fought communist insurgents, could not be labelled as traitors as they sacrificed their lives to decimate communists in the jungles and along the borders of the country.
“Mat Indera was a Malay and a small fry who was influenced by the communist ideology and unfortunately certain quarters used ‘Mat Indera’ to create a tensed and confused situation,” added Ramlah.