Mat Indera & MPAJA – your hero could be my villain

September 3, 2011

The Malayan People Against the Japanese Army, MPAJA, played the role of a resistance movement, during the Japanese occupation of Malaya. Now, after 60 years, Mat Indera, a key member of the Johore MPAJA is the subject of a controversy. Should the MPAJA/Mat Indera  be honored? Is Mat Indera a hero, a freedom fighter? Such debates  if done without  chauvinism and cynicism could be healthy . Unfortunately, that is not often the case. The cynicism and chauvinism that skew rational arguments are too visible.

If only  Malaysians could discuss the subject openly and rationally, it would reflect well of a maturing, self-assured nation, with diminishing insecurities. Malaysian should be confident and magnanimous to recognize the roles of the many people from all sides of the divides who charted the history of the country.

Was the MPAJA effective in fighting against the Japanese, to merit honor? The Japanese surrendered because of Hiroshima. The  MPAJA was no match for the might of the Japanese Imperial Army. But, neither was the last stand of the platoon led by Lt Adnan of the Royal Malay Regiment in defending Bukit Timah.

It is not about winning or the right match to merit honor. It is the courage, the spirit, the patriotism, the valor, that are to be admired and earn  a place in the honour’s roll.

To the proponent of the MPAJA , the sales pitch has been to tell the people that  the 3 star symbol  signify the three main component races of the then Malaya. But it has been well understood that  it is the same  red stars of the Communist Party of China. The British knew very well that the organization had been infiltrated by the communists but they were pragmatic  and smart  enough to exploit the anti Japanese sentiments amongst the Chinese, exploiting the deep resentment of the Japanese after  the massacre of Nanking.

It did not help the MPAJA cause  that it was disproportionately represented by the Chinese with a sprinkling of Malay fighters one of which was the BATU PAHAT born Mat Indera. The communist inclined MPAJA did not appeal to the Malays. The frustration and the resistance and the retaliations by both sides proved to be MPAJA’s undoing in Batu Pahat, the hot bed of anti Japanese and anti MPAJA movement in Malaya.

To honor means, to give high respect, credit and distinction. However, before honoring people with hero status let us examine the quality of heroes we want.  We want our heroes to be having  distinguished courage or ability, admired for brave deeds and posses noble qualities.

If we apply the above test to the MPAJA, the group would have easily qualified for courage, ability, brave deeds but unfortunately they failed in the noble qualities test. Even their patriotism is suspect to some, because of the link with the anti communist led  Japanese movement of CHINA.

All over the country there are still living custodians of history, with first hand experience of going through hell, being at the receiving end of the MPAJA.  Before HIROSHIMA, there were just too many fellow Malayans, who suffered for refusing  to support the likes of Mat Indera and Chin Peng. THE MPAJA failed miserably  to win the hearts and mind of the people particularly the Malays. The chauvinism amongst many chinese in the MPAJA did not help either.

In Johor, particularly in Parit Sulong, Sri Medan, Bagan, Batu Pahat the atrocities of the MPAJA, the banning of religious related activities amongst the Malays and the notoriety  of  Mat Indera, not to mention the numerous Chinese, resulted in the uprising against the MPAJA led by Panglima Salleh. Dato Onn the district officer of Batu Pahat at that time, was the person responsible to arrest the uprising from flaring further before law and order was restored.

The people themselves revolted against MPAJA without the Police or Government intervention.  The Malays established a self defence movement named the GERAKAN MUHAMADIAH. They did not fight for the Japanese nor was it on behalf of the British. They were fighting against the notoriety of the MPAJA. This revolt was more widely known as Perang Parang Panjang  and it stretched over a few years and not just the period after the fall of the Japanese.

Mat Indera and the MPAJA were just too atrocious to the Malays. The communist streaks were laid bare, the Malays were given a baptism of fire by the MPAJA who by then were inspired by what was happening in China and further motivated by the fall of Japan. Because of their notoriety they became enemies of the people.

The Perang Parang Panjang has often been wrongly projected as a chinese-malay  racial clash. No it was not, there were many innocent victims, no doubt. It was a faith-based fight to protect their own interest and their rights against the communist ideology. The big picture was the fight against the suppression, the chauvinism and  notoriety of the communist inclined MPAJA. The account  of the war is best and fairly narrated and recorded in the book Red Stars over Malaya.

To classify Mat Indera and MPAJA  as a   resistance movement   should be acceptable ,a notorious, communist inclined resistance movement,  but  to make heroes out of them, in my opinion is rather misplaced.


Azhari Hussin, Nordin Mat Top, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab

January 13, 2010

Azhari was a friend. Nordin was a colleague. No, not again.Umar Farouk Abdul Mutalib a  fellow UCL alumnus?

I do not have anything to do with the acts they were profiled to have done.jihadis are they really?   But are they real jihadis or pure victims of the grand design? I do not condone the bombing of innocent civilians. I have not been to Afghanistan. I have not been to Mindanao. I have no association with Patani or Yala or Kosovos or Chechniya.

Azhari was a classmate at the Malay College. This was the school for Kings and the King of Schools. It was me and him competing for the top spot. When there was this competition for the Australian Scholarship he was selected. I was devastated .  I knew academically I  was better. He was a sportsman though, and I was a “kaki bangku” by choice.  The last time I met him was in the 80s when we were both lecturing at the University of Technology.

That brings me to Nordin Mat TOP. I was a lecturer at the University of Technology. Nordin Mat Top was also a lecturer of the University. That was the end of the commonality. He was sporting a goatie, I was a clean shaven secular. We never crossed path except for sharing the same faculty roll.

And now this Farouk character. He has just graduated from UCL, that Godless University I revere. Oh no, he was also a mechanical engineering alumnus.

Those are the similarities. It ends there. period.I need to clarify.

It is important to recognize that these institutions are the finest on the land. These institutions are not the places where radicalism is being nurtured. The Malay College is the Best School in Malaysia, training the finest young men of Malaysia. Azhari must have been indoctrinated when he was in Reading. I had this strange feeling that he was a reluctant fugitive.

University Technology malaysia is the best engineering school in Malaysia. It is not Chechnya, nor is it pattani, so radicalism is the least expected in peace land, Malaysia. Nordin must have been too carried away with the Grand idea of the Grand Caliphate.

UCL is the Godless University. It is a University that does not suppress and discriminate. It is the last place or the last University to breed dissatisfaction. This is the 4th Best University in the World. You cannot blame the institution.

Is it me that they are targeting? Is this bon vivant, secular, clean shaven anglophile, they are after? I hope Umar farouk was the last. Will he?

I do not think so because the World order needs Azhari, nordin and Umar. There are now designer jihadis and they are recruited, facilitated and created by both sides of the divides.

The Republic of PJ – We want the option to choose PPMSI

October 23, 2009

The following excerpt is from the STAR.

We the parents of students in Primary School in the Republic of Petaling Jaya want the teaching of Mathematics and Science to continue to be in English. If all our efforts to resolve this issue diplomatically  is not taken seriously , we will declare war!!

We are proud citizens of The Republic!!

The War against Dengue and War Against H1n1 will pale in comparison….

The Parents Action Group for Education wants all national schools to be given the option to continue teaching Science and Mathematics in English.

Its chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said an opinion poll carried out in seven schools in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur showed that 97% of parents wanted their children’s schools to be exempted from the decision to scrap the policy of teaching Science and Mathematics in English.

Let us decide: (From left) Noor Azimah and Saravanan holding up the ‘97%’ sign during the press conference on PPSMI at the Parliament lobby yesterday

The seven schools are Sekolah Kebangsaan Assunta 2, Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Damansara, Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Hartamas, Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Megah, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Seri Hartamas, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (Perempuan) Sri Aman and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Taman SEA.

Program Pembangunan Juak Malaysia

October 11, 2009

Pencarian pemimpin  dan pemimpin pelapis adalah tanggungjawab utama mana-mana organasisi dan institusi. Tanggungjawab ini tidak membezakan ideologi, samada feudal, autokratik, diktatorial, demokratik, sosialis atau pun agama. Namun, fokas tulisan ini adalah Malaysia, satu negara yang kononnya berpegang prinsip demokratik. Ia dikhususkan lagi kepada pemilihan pemimpin untuk GLC, atau Syarikat dan Institusi dimana Kerajaan berkepentingan.

Diadalam pemilihan Institusi Kerajaan kriteria berikut perlu sekiranya kegemilangan adalah matlamat. Satu  pra-syarat penting ialah, Lembaga Pengarah yang berkesan , berfungsi dan telus

* Tebaran carian yang luas dan telus

* terbaik dari yang paling baik

* Bolih mengimbangkan dan meperolihi komitmen dan kerjasama  dari kesemua pemegang kepentingan, stakeholders

* Bersih, dan dilihat bersih,

* Keutamaan kepada Pemilihan dan pembangunan pemimpin organik

* akauntable

Sekiranya syarat-syarat diatas tidak dipenuhi, program pembangunan dan Pencariam Pemimpin akan menjadi Program Carian dan Pembangunan JUAK Malaysia

Sila lihat carian makna JUAK.



1ju·ak n, ju·ak-ju·ak n hamba laki-laki pengiring raja yg menjadi suruhan atau pembawa upacara tanda-tanda kebesaran: panglima itu membawa 1.000 orang ~

2ju·ak v, ber·ju·ak v 1 berlomba (dengan); bersaing dengan; 2 berlawan; bertanding;
men·ju·ak v 1 memberanikan ayam sabungan (dng jalan menghadapkan ayam lain pd ayam sabungan itu) agar mau bertanding; 2 ki menghasut (supaya berkelahi, berperang, dsb);
pen·ju·ak n penghasut: ia dituduh sbg ~ pemberontakan itu

3ju·ak Mk a, men·ju·ak a menganjur ke atas (tinggi);
men·ju·ak·kan v 1 mengangkat ke atas tinggi-tinggi; mengunjukkan (tangan dsb); 2 ki memuliakan

4ju·ak v, ber·ju·ak v berjumpa dng tiba-tiba

UCL , the Godless University of London claims 4th spot

October 9, 2009

Great news!! Great news for all fans of Bentham . Great news for all ex-residents of Goldsmid. Great news to all Cockneys, and jews and coloured, and Africans and Asians.

UCL occupies the no 4 spot in the World University Ranking.

The Malaysian Chapter of the UCL alumni is proud to be associated with the worldwide initiative to make UCL a world university. It is a University that has been associated with the birth of nations, the birth of Modern India, Kenya, Israel, Japan, not to mention its influence in revolutionizing conservative England.

We are proud Londoners.

mother, alone in the nest

September 28, 2009

In the nest

It is just mak and me

the season is over

the cold winter is coming

Everyone has  headed north

offsprings, offsprings of offsprings and ofsprings of offsprings’s offsprings

soon it will be just her

she will start waiting,

for the next season

for the next excuse and reason

for the kin to fly south again.

full of hope

that the nest will be as chirpy as in the season just ended.

H1N1 in Malaysia – Failure of the Minister Of Health?

August 29, 2009

The control of pandemic of dangerous diseases is the responsibility of the Minister of Health. The H1N1 is not the first pandemic for Malaysia.

We had the dangerous bird flu and the Nipah virus. These pandemic were considered more lethal then H1N1. Yet the fatalities for H1N1 have been much higher. At 71  deaths today, many doubt the truth of that official figure. The Minister even admitted that the actual figure was actually twenty times the official figure.

We had the two ChUAS as Health Ministers during the earlier pandemics. Now both are out of the MCA. What a different breed the present Minister is compared to the two Chuas. It is like comparing a sissy, or jambu to two machoistic go-getters.

At 71 we are worst then Indonesia. We could be at the bottom of the league per capita.

It is a pandemic.It is not like the common cold. It is not just about awareness. Even if it is about awareness the Ministry has been very slow in creating the awareness. It is not treating this like a crisis management. It is still business as usual.

Maybe he is too busy sacking the Video Chua and lamenting the loss of the senior Chua.

There has been too much of politicking. We want to feel safe.