Tuesday, November 12

Wan Junaidi slams Mat Sabu

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KUCHING: Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar has slammed Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) deputy president Mohamad Sabu for saying that the communist were real heroes who fought for independence.

The Santubong Member of Parliament described the statement as political extremism by PAS and urged the people to reject the party in the coming parliamentary election. Wan Junaidi said the statement showed that PAS was willing to propagate communist ideology simply to gain the support of various races in the country.

“The statement reflects the political extremism of PAS, and is totally against the party’s own ideology, which claims to be Islam-based.

“What he (Mohamad Sabu) said is trying to propagate communist ideology and therefore should not be accepted by the people of Sarawak.”

Wan Junaidi said PAS had clearly deviated from its original path.

“As a former policeman who defended the nation’s sovereignty and peace, I am very disappointed with Sabu’s statement,” he said.

With Malaysia Day coming on Sept 16, Junaidi reminded the younger generation, who have never been through the hardship of the communist insurgency, to remember this piece of history.

“Do not forget the hardships that the people went through in fighting and defending the nation against enemies and communists.

“Do not be influenced or swayed by any party that tries to twist historical facts regarding our independence,” he said. Meanwhile, the statement has also drawn flak from fellow Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leader, Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Karpal Singh, who has asked Mat Sabu for a retraction.

“Touching upon such a sensitive issue more than 61 years after the event is certainly unjustified and I think he should seriously consider retracting it in view of the negative reception of it by all quarters,” Karpal was quoted as saying.