Umno Youth launches roadshow to attack Mat Sabu


By Clara Chooi, The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 3 — Umno Youth will lead the offence against PAS by amassing all former soldiers, policemen and kinsmen of the Bukit Kepong tragedy victims in a nationwide roadshow to counter the Islamist party’s No. 2 Mohamad Sabu’s view of the fire-fight.

In a statement today, Umno Youth said the roadshow, called Pentas Patriot or Patriot Stage, will include video and multimedia screenings, a series of ceramahs by speakers from its Speech Unit and special guests like “former commandos, soldiers, policemen and local historians”.

“It is hoped that Pentas Patriot will not only recall the history of past struggles but reignite the spirit of patriotism among people, especially the youths.

“Pentas Patriot will also chronicle to our Malaysian youths events that highlights our struggle for independence while exposing how Mohamad Sabu’s theory is no more than just a lie by those who refuse to accept the that our country’s freedom and independence was achieved through wisdom and intelligence and without bloodshed,” said a statement today from Umno Youth’s office here.

The roadshow, said to be held “soon”, comes after the PAS deputy president triggered a controversy when he told a recent ceramah that the attack on the Bukit Kepong police station in 1950, which killed 25, was by freedom fighters.

The maverick politician has since been accused of being a communist sympathiser by Umno leaders and sniped at daily in Umno-owned newspaper Utusan Malaysia despite denying that he had used the word “communism” during his speech.

But Umno appears determined to use Mohamad’s statement to woo support from the Malay electorate, among whom communism remains a bogeyman, and has now armed itself for war.