Former SB rubbishes claims on Chinese New Villages by PN MP

Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa (SP) medal holder, Datuk Pahlawan Paul Kiong rubbished claims made by Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Abdul Muttalib (PN-Maran) who linked the Chinese New Villages to the communists.

“Not all Chinese New Villages are communist. This is wrong. Some are communists. We identified and isolated them. We checked and took away their supply,” he said.

Kiong said this during an interview with the media which was held at the Royal Malaysia Police Museum in Kuala Lumpur this morning.

“What is the rationale behind it? The history of Chinese new villages stems from the struggle against communist activities that disrupted our country.

“If we make the new villages heritage sites, it means the government recognises the communist past, which was a dark part of the history of the country. It also elevates the struggle of the Chinese people,” he said.

The Dewan Rakyat erupted in chaos recently after Ismail linked the Chinese new villages with the communists. This stems from a proposal from the Housing and Local Government Ministry to enlist the Chinese new villages as heritage sites.

Society unaware of history

Paul added that the problem that is faced by the society today stems from the lack of awareness in the history of the nation.

“We need to bring awareness to the public, maybe youngsters not aware of history, we need to bring awareness to them,” he said.

Paul is a retired Supt of Police performing undercover anti communists operations mostly in Perak between the years of 1968 to 1989.

He also said during his years of service, race was not a factor at all.

“Nothing racial about it. Sometimes missions require Chinese only. We don’t talk about race and colour, we are fighting for our country, we are full of patriotism and love for our country,” he said passionately.

He was accompanied by Etin Bijam who is a retired Police Field Force corporal, Etin’s daughter Linda and former retired navy admiral Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah.