Dec 17, 2006

Information Minister Unhappy Memorials For Communists Being Erected

Even the dead are not forgiven? And this is the jurisdiction of an Information Minister? Governing memorials for the dead?

SUNGAI PETANI, Dec 16 (Bernama) -- Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin Saturday expressed his displeasure by the actions of some in erecting memorials for communists at private Chinese cemeteries.

He said that such memorials had been detected in private Chinese cemeteries in Sarawak and Nilai in the peninsula and that although it was done at private lands, it was something insensitive as many Malaysians had been killed in the fight against the enemy during the post-War period, including from the Chinese community itself.

It also showed disrespect for the country, which will be celebrating 50 years of independence next year and could also disrupt the existing racial harmony, he said.
"After we gained our independence and succeeded in overcoming the communist threat to the country, I am severely disappointed that some people will do something like this (erecting memorials for the communists)," he told a press conference after officiating a leadership course of Merbok Puteri Umno here.

Zainuddin, who is also the Member of Parliament for Merbok, said the Chinese community in the country also was unhappy with the action as many of their people died in Malaysia's struggle against them.

"We managed to beat them because many of the staff in the Special Branch then comprised Chinese officers, who monitored their activities and fought them," he said.

He said that there was no justification whatsoever to pay tribute to them.

"The people must remember that at one time, they were the nation's number one enemy," he added

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