I really cannot agree with the Minister - I wonder why he still wants to keep the policemen, who served the British colonialist, as heroes of Malaysia. They were not. This kind of attitude raises the question of whether the current BN leadership is still pro-British... or just agents of the British - still not adopting the reality that Malaysia is indeed now independent - and the fact that we gained our independence by the ousting of the British colonialist from Malaysia.Revision of our nation's history was necessary due to versions yet to be uncovered, but this does not apply to the history of Independence including the Bukit Kepong incident, said the Education Ministry.
Minister of Higher Education Khaled Nordin (right) said this was because the struggle for Independence struggle took place recently and was abundant in points of reference.
"More versions of history need to be unearthed, but this does not mean twisting historical facts like in Bukit Kepong...
"(The Independence struggle) is something which many went through and know about, and there are many writings on it compared to what had happened in the 11th and 12th century," said Khaled at UTM's Kuala Lumpur campus.
Khaled spoke to reporters after the launch of the book 'Historical Facts and Fiction' by estemeed scholar Syed Muhammad Naguib al-Attas, that disputes widely-accepted versions of the historical Islamisation of the Malay world.- Malaysiakini, 9/9/2011, History needs review, excepting Bukit Kepong
Would those who served the Japanese, when they occupied Malaya also heroes of Malaysia?
We should not now blame those who served the British(or the Japanese) in the police, armed forces, civil defence forces and civil service as being 'anti-national' or 'traitors' - for many did so, just because it was a job and a means to earn an income - but, at the same time we should not elevate them as 'heroes' of an independent Malaysia.
Recognizing the police that served in Bukit Kepong as 'heroes' would also means that the British police and armed forces were all the 'heroes' - and this would make all those who fought the British for independence into 'enemies' and 'anti-nationals', would it not.
Members of the police force and the armed forces, only after independence was achieved, who fought for the preservation of independent Malaysia would (or may be) be heroes, and before independence, it is all those who fought the British for independence who are the heroes - the real heroes of Malaysia.