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Friday, September 2, 2011

Kisah Mat Sabu: Kenyataan Media Pakatan Rakyat.


Kenyataan Media Pakatan Rakyat

Winston Churchill pernah berkata bahawa “sejarah ditulis oleh pihak
yang menang”. Di Malaysia, bukan sahaja sejarah malah berita semasa
juga ditulis mengikut skrip mereka yang berkuasa.

Beberapa hari kebelakangan ini, media milik BN telah menyerang
Timbalan Presiden PAS Hj Mat Sabu secara berterusan sebagai seorang
simpatisan komunis. Mereka telah memfitnahnya sebagai
mengagung-agungkan pengganas komunis yang menyerang polis di dalam
tragedi Bukit Kepong.

Kedua-dua dakwaan ini adalah tidak benar sama sekali. Kami percaya
Saudara Mat Sabu tidak berkata demikian dan secara tegas mengutuk
putar-belit yang tidak bertanggungjawab oleh pimpinan dan media UMNO.
Pertama sekali, Mat Sabu tidak sekali-kali menyebut tentang komunis
ataupun PKM. Kedua, usahanya untuk menarik perhatian terhadap sejarah
sebenar yang luas telah diputarbelitkan.

Justeru kami menegaskan bahawa kami tidak mempersoalkan sebab mengapa
Mat Sabu cuba menimbulkan persoalan terhadap naratif sejarah negara.
Tetapi kami secara serius mempersoalkan laporan cuai dan berniat jahat
Utusan Malaysia, yang sekali lagi menggunakan hujah palsu dan tipu
helah dengan niat yang jahat.

Kami juga mempersoalkan naratif sejarah yang ditulis oleh ‘pihak yang
menang’, yang dalam kes ini ditulis oleh Kerajaan UMNO-BN dan perkakas
propaganda mereka. Dalam hal ini, kami ingin memberikan kritikan tegas
terhadap usaha sistematik berdekad-dekad lamanya untuk ‘memalsukan’
sejarah Malaysia, agar hanya sumbangan UMNO dan sekutu mereka yang
diiktiraf sementara sumbangan jelas dari nasionalis Malaysia dan
pejuang kemerdekaan yang lain dipadamkan.

Apa sudah jadi kepada tokoh-tokoh seperti Dr Burhanuddin al-Helmy,
Ahmad Boestamam, Ishak Haji Mohamed (Pak Sako) dan ramai lagi?
Bagaimana dengan pertubuhan dan gerakan seperti Kesatuan Melayu Muda
(KMM) dan Parti Kebangsaan Melayu Malaya (PKMM)? Mereka merupakan
peneraju sebenar aktivisme politik Melayu. Kita juga mempunyai
Perlembagaan Rakyat yang terhasil 10 tahun sebelum Merdeka oleh Pusat
Tenaga Rakyat (PUTERA) dan All-Malaya Council of Joint Action (AMCJA).
Usaha PUTERA-AMCJA ini bukan sahaja bersejarah dari segi usaha mereka,
malah merekalah pakatan politik pelbagai kaum pertama negara.
Harus diingat perjuangan kemerdekaan bukanlah usaha Perikatan
semata-mata.

Perjuangan murni ini berlangsung di pelbagai medan dan
lapangan, dipimpin pelbagai tokoh dan menerusi pelbagai cara. Bukankah
pengorbanan tokoh-tokoh menentang penjajah seperti Tok Janggut, Abdul
Rahman Limbong, Tok Ku Paloh dan ramai lagi juga mesti disertakan?
Tetapi pemimpin UMNO tidak mampu menerima kepelbagaian ini. Sejarah
yang ditulis UMNO ialah hanyalah satu versi yang tiada ruang untuk
berbeza pandangan.

Hakikatnya, jika kita membaca sejarah Malaysia menerusi tokoh-tokoh
seperti Dr Burhanuddin, Boestamam, Pak Sako dan lain-lain lagi, kita
akan mendapati kisah aktivisme sosial, pejuangan kebangsaan,
anti-kolonialisme dan kemudian ketakutan institusi dan penindasan yang
menyaksikan mereka dan ramai lagi ditangkap dan ditahan di bawah ISA
oleh Kerajaan Perikatan / BN setelah difitnah, antara lain, menjadi
talibarut komunis.

Buku-buku sejarah kita bukan sahaja kehilangan satu atau dua bab,
tetapi satu sejarah yang selari tetapi telah berjaya dipadamkan
daripada rekod rasmi negara.

Jelas sekali lagi bahawa UMNO mempunyai kepentingan untuk mengekalkan
versi sejarah mereka memandangkan ini menjadi asas kepada pemimpin
serta kekuasaan mereka, malah menutup tipuhelah mereka untuk menindas
pihak lawan setelah lima dekad berkuasa.

Sekali lagi kami menegaskan bahawa Mat Sabu tidak salah dalam usaha
mempersoalkan persepsi yang wujud tentang sejarah negara. Yang menjadi
kesalahan ialah hakikat bahawa rakyat Malaysia telah dimanipulasi
sekian lama oleh perkakas propaganda Kerajaan UMNO-BN.

Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, PAS
Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, KEADILAN
Liew Chin Tong, DAP


Read English version

Media Statement by Pakatan Rakyat on 1.9.2011

Winston Churchill once said that “history is written by the victors”. In the case of Malaysia, it is not just history but also contemporary news that is written and orchestrated by those in power.

In the last few days, the BN-owned media have been going to town in a perverted attempt to vilify PAS Deputy President Hj Mat Sabu as a communist-sympathiser. They have also falsely accused him of glorifying the communist aggressors in the Bukit Kepong tragedy as heroes for attacking the police.

Both claims are categorically untrue. We believe that Saudara Mat Sabu has made no remarks to that effect, and strongly condemn the irresponsible spin-mongering being perpetrated by UMNO leaders and the media.
First of all, Mat Sabu had at no time mentioned anything about communists or the MCP. Secondly, his attempt to highlight the need to appreciate historical plurality has been grossly twisted and taken out of context.

We hereby firmly attest that we do not question Mat Sabu’s motivations in attempting to raise legitimate doubts about the historical narrative of our country. However, we do seriously question the reckless and insidious reporting of Utusan Malaysia, which has time and again resorted to fabricating fictitious arguments with malicious intent.

We also question the historical narrative as provided by the ‘victors’, which in this case refers to the UMNO-BN government and its propaganda machinery. In this, we severely criticise the systematic and decades-long effort to ‘sanitise’ Malaysian history, so that only the contributions of those from UMNO and its cohorts are recognised, while the legitimate contributions of other Malaysian nationalists and freedom fighters are conveniently erased.

What has happened to names like Dr Burhanuddin al-Helmy, Ahmad Boestamam, Ishak Haji Mohamed otherwise known as Pak Sako, and many others? What about organisations and movements such as Kesatuan Melayu Muda (KMM) and the Parti Kebangsaan Melayu Malaya (PKMM)? They were effectively the pioneers of organised Malay political activism. And then we have the groundbreaking “People’s Constitution”, crafted 10 years before Merdeka was achieved in 1957 by the All-Malaya Council of Joint Action (AMCJA) and Pusat Tenaga Rakyat (PUTERA). The PUTERA-AMCJA effort was not only momentous in scope and effort, but more importantly our country’s first truly multiracial coalition.
It is crucial to note that the struggle for independence was not a singular effort by the Alliance.

It was a struggle that took place on many different frontiers, spearheaded by many different personalities and through many different means. Surely the sacrifices undertaken by anti-Colonial champions such as Tok Janggut, Abdul Rahman Limbong, Tak Ku Paloh and others should also be accorded its fair share of space?
However, UMNO leaders will have no part of such a colourful past. History according to UMNO is a monochrome version that offers no room for dissenting views.

The fact is that if we were to trace the history of Malaysia through personalities such as Dr Burhanuddin, Boestamam, Pak Sako and others, we will find a story of social activism, avid nationalism, anti-Colonialism and later institutional fear and persecution along McCarthyistic lines that saw them and many others arbitrarily arrested and detained under the draconian ISA by the Alliance/Barisan Nasional Government on trumped up charges of, amongst others, communist complicity.

Our history textbooks are not only missing a chapter or two, but an entire parallel history that has now been successfully erased from official memory.

Obviously, it is in UMNO’s interest to maintain their version of history not only because it upholds their leaders and hence their claim to power, but also because it conceals their chicanery and Machiavellian machinations in their bid to suppress adversaries over five decades of authoritarian rule.

We conclude by stating again that Mat Sabu was not wrong in attempting to contest existing perceptions of history. What is wrong is the fact that Malaysians have been manipulated for years by the propaganda machinery of the UMNO-BN Government.

Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, PAS
Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, KEADILAN
Liew Chin Tong, DAP

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