Recognising communists in history textbooks may confuse students

Mohamad Azim Fitri Abd Aziz

PEKAN: Attempts to recognise the communist struggle could confuse the younger generation and give them the impression that the communists contributed to Malaysia’s independence.

The Pekan branch Malaysian Armed Forces Veterans Association chief Hamzah Ibrahim said the efforts by certain parties aimed at creating a new perception among school students towards communists indirectly gave them recognition.

“We are against the efforts by these groups to recognise communists as freedom fighters and write about them in history books,” he said when met after the launching of the state-level Warriors Fund by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail at the Pekan district and land office here today.

Hamzah said the move by certain parties could be considered an insult to the national warriors and their respective families who had to endure a lot of sufferings due to the violence of the communists who did not want to surrender.

“How will the families of those killed and the veterans who were shot by the communist feel? They will be certainly sad when the young generation today tries to recognise the cruelty of the communists,” he said. The media had previously reported about a forum titled “Should We Rewrite Our History Book” which discussed about the role of the communists as freedom fighters and raised the question of whether the government should re-write history during emergency. At the forum, several panelists urged the Pakatan Harapan government to review the history subject textbooks and include information about the struggle for independence by the left-nationalists in the reference books. Meanwhile, Wan Rosdy later mingled with the veterans at the event before leaving to chair the weekly state executive council meeting. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd