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Monday, August 29, 2011

Sabu denies Bt Kepong comments: Umno using Hari Raya mood to create hatred

Sabu denies Bt Kepong comments: Umno using Hari Raya mood to create hatred

It looks like UMNO has ben caught in yetanother lie against arch rival PAS, this time its target being newly-appointed deputy president Mohamad Sabu. Over the weekend, UMNO newspaper Utusan spearheaded the onlsught, accusing Mat Sabu of maligning the police officers killed in the Bukit Kepong station during a 1950 attack by saying that the real heros of the incident should rightfully be the communists.

"I did not want to rush into a reply, I wanted to see the video tape first and I have seen it now. There is no such thing in my speech. I did not even mention the word communist or even the word Mat Indera," Mat Sabu toldMalaysia Chronicle.

He added that he made the speech at a ceramah on August 21 and the Utusan report came on August. He questioned why all of a sudden, the issue was stirred up.

"It is obvous it is a concerted attack. All the UMNO big guns were on hand to stab me. Hishammuddin (Hussein the Home Minister), Hassan Musa (ex-IGP), and Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin himself led the charge," Mat Sabu said. "It looks like they hate PAS or are afraid of PAS.

Using the Hari Raya mood to destroying Mat Sabu's image

Utusan reported that Mat Sabu made the 'insulting' remarks at Tasek Gelugor, Penang, on August 21, 2011. During the Emergency period (1948-1960), communist insurgents had attacked the police station while the country was still under British rule. According to Utusan, Mat Sabu had stated that the country’s first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj and Umno’s first president Datuk Onn Jaafar were not freedom fighters.

In Monday's edition, Utusan continued to taunt Mat Sabu by publishing an article entitled Mat Sabu cannot remember! Various UMNO leaders had then joined in, calling him a "traitor".

The newspaper also accused Mat Sabu of wanting to re-write history and turn Malaysia into a republic. Several police reports have also been lodged against the PAS No. 2. Another UMNO-owned paper, The News Straits Times, also reported on its front-page that the police would question Mat Sabu over his alleged remarks.

Meanwhile, PKR vice president Tian Chua slammed UMNO for the "wild" attacks.

"They are using the Hari Raya mood when the Malays feel close to each other to create hatred for Mat Sabu. But if you notice, Prime Minister Najib Razak's rating has fallen sharply this month to 59 percent from 65 percent previously. This shows that if he and UMNO continues to neglect the real issues of price hikes, slowing economy, he will continue to lose ground," Tian told Malaysia Chronicle.

- Malaysia Chronicle

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