The reason Mat Sabu and Tommy Thomas are defending Koon Yew Yin

What do Defence Minister Mat Sabu, Attorney-General Tommy Thomas and billionaire Koon Yew Yin all have in common? The answer is Chin Peng and the Communist Party of Malaya.


Raja Petra Kamarudin

Pakatan Harapan’s Defence Minister, Mohamad Sabu a.k.a. Mat Sabu, said one-time Sabah Chief Minister Harris Salleh also insulted the military but at that time no one made any fuss over the matter because Harris Salleh is Malay and that the only reason there is a fuss about what Koon Yew Yin recently said about the military is because Koon Yew Yin is Chinese.

Actually, Mat Sabu himself also once insulted the military when he said the Communist Terrorists (CTs) were in essence patriots and freedom fighters. So that means anyone who shoots and kills members of the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) or the CTs (such as Robert Kuok’s brother who was shot and killed) are traitors to the country.

Anyway, Mat Sabu is a known supporter of the CPM and CTs while Attorney-General Tommy Thomas was Chin Peng’s lawyer and Koon Yew Yin is a personal friend of Chin Peng (see his posting below where he relates he went to Bangkok to meet Chin Peng).

It would be good to know how Koon Yew Yin became a billionaire and under which government he became a billionaire. Yes, all the Chinese billionaires who talk so much (such as Robert Kuok, Vincent Tan, Francis Yeoh, and many more) all became billionaires because they were cronies of Barisan Nasional. Without Barisan Nasional they would not be where they are.

These are Chinese who corrupted the system and after getting rich they turn on the system and condemn it. Without them corrupting the system the country would not be in the state it is in today. Yes, Umno and Barisan Nasional are corrupt, konon. But then who were the ones who are guilty of corrupting Umno and Barisan Nasional? The Malay Felda settlers, fishermen and farmers?


Meeting Chin Peng in Bangkok

I recent made a trip to Bangkok with my old friend Yap Lim Sen, who is an old family friend of Chin Peng. Upon hearing that Chin Peng was critically ill as reported in several media, Lim Sen made arrangements to have lunch with him at Hotel Novotel, Bangkok on 2nd Oct 2011.

Yap Lim Sen and Chin Peng

The two photos prove that Chin Peng is far from dying.

During the lunch, I asked if he is still keen to return to Malaysia and what is his advice for the Malaysian Chinese. Of course, he is still yearning to come back to die in his birth place. He is very well informed and up to date on Malaysian politics. In our conversation, Chin Peng stressed that Malaysia is a rich country and that the Chinese must work together and cooperate with the Malays to make Malaysia a better country.

Chin Peng and Koon Yew Yin at Bangkok

Under the 1 Malaysia policy, Chin Peng hopes the Government will allow him to return to the country to show that there is no bitterness towards the Malayan Communist Party since both sides were fighting against a common colonial power enemy. It would also show that the Government is serious about the truthful portrayal of the history of Malaya which is one in which all races have contributed.

This would also help in getting rid of the misunderstandings and distortions that have plagued our understanding of the past and lay the groundwork for racial unity and solidarity.

I have been very much concerned with the trend of growing racial and religious polarization. Coming from an old-fashioned and truly Malaysian background where I have worked with as well as have good friends from all races, I am proud to say that my circle of friends have deep respect for each other’s race and religion, though we regard ourselves first and foremost as Malaysians. Thus, we find the trend of growing polarization all the more worrying, especially as it is prevalent among the younger generation of Malaysians.

There is no doubt that in any road map for the country – whether crafted by the Government or the opposition; whether it is economic, political or social-oriented – the forging of sustainable unity and social cohesion amongst all the races and religions is of the utmost urgency. The outcome of social fragmentation and disunity is too frightening to contemplate.

Treating the case of Chin Peng with compassion and statesmanship, and permitting him to return to Malaysia – his home country – is an important building block for our race relations and will also help in putting right the historical record.