Entitled The Real Fighters for Merdeka, Liu had begun the article rather provocatively with the claim that Umno leaders had not been the real fighters for independence. He went on to name a host of left-oriented figures, including Malay leftists, as the ?freedom fighters?.
He wrote that Umno leaders, including Tunku Abdul Rahman, had not put up real sacrifice in the Merdeka struggle but were ?senior servants of the British government?.
ts chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said he would not stoop so low so as to debate the matter, and suggested that neither would his deputy Khairy Jamaluddin.
Khairy: Not likely to debate the issue either
?Just (ask the DAP to) get that article out of that website,? an irate Hishammuddin told reporters when asked to comment on Liu?s article, The Real Fighters for Merdeka, which was posted on www.dapmalaysia.org on Sept 1.
I argue that it is not necessary for any freedom fighters to put up a bloody campaign to prove the point that people were keen on independence and to make the British realize that having an independent Malaya is better than having to constantly quell uprisings. Peaceful transitions from colonial powers to local powers have, after all, happened before.
But I am very concerned that Khairy is demanding that the DAP remove the article. Liu after all, is entitled to his own opinion, and it is only natural that opinions defer, and it might not be too healty in the long run for the government body to slam down on opinions that differ from them.
I am interested to know how fellow Recommers feel about this issue. And is it justified to demand Liu's apology and is it, after these years, a painful issue for fellow Malaysians to ponder? It is, after all true, that the insurgency was violent and bloody. And what is it about 'stooping low' to debate on such an issue? *puzzled*