Dr M says PAS reveres communists

(The Malaysian Insider) – Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has accused PAS of idolising communists and disparaging the founding fathers of Malaysia and Umno.

The influential former prime minister told reporters today that recent comments by PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu “is part of efforts to disparage leaders of old maybe because they are related to Umno and to idolise communists.”

“I did not expect this to happen but unfortunately the ones who are pushing this trend is PAS. This trend has continued up to the point where they are idolising communists who killed so many of our security personnel,” he said at the prime minister’s Hari Raya open house.

Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister said that “there is no reason to say that communists fought for independence. They fought for independence only so they can takeover the country and turn it into a communist country.”

“This is not a fight for independence. The ones who fought for independence are Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Abduk Razak and others who ensured we are free from the claws of the colonists,” he added, referring to Malaysia’s first two prime ministers.

He also claimed that “children in schools have been taught that Tunku Abdul Rahman is a traitor to the nation.”

Although Dr Mahathir has not always seen eye-to-eye with Malaysia’s first prime minister, both have been strident opposers of the communist movement in the country.

On Satuday, Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia quoted Mohamad as saying that the communists who attacked the Bukit Kepong police station during the pre-Independence communist insurgency were heroes.