KARPAL WANTS MAT SABU TO RETRACT STATEMENT ON BUKIT KEPONG

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(CORRECTING SPELLING IN HEADLINE)

GEORGE TOWN, Sept 1 (Bernama) -- DAP chairman Karpal Singh wants his fellow

Pakatan leader Mohamad Sabu to retract a recent statement he allegedly made

regarding the Bukit Kepong incident in the 1950s.

He said the incident should not be disputed and must be accepted because it

had been historically documented that the policemen and their family members

fought the communist guerillas.

"Touching upon such a sensitive issue more than 61 years after the event is

certainly unjustified and I think he should seriously consider retracting it in

view of the negative reception of it by all quarters," he said here today.

Mat Sabu, who is PAS deputy president, allegedly remarked during a talk in

Tasek Gelugor, here, on Aug 21 that the communist guerillas who attacked and

killed 25 police personnel and their families in the Bukit Kepong tragedy were

the real heroes as they were actually fighting the British.

He said Mohamad Sabu, better known as Mat Sabu, should immediately do the

needful to assuage the feelings of the families of those who perished in the

attack.

-- MORE

KARPAL-RETRACT 2 (LAST) GEORGE TOWN

"I am not anti-PAS and I am not anti-Sabu, but I do not agree with his

statement here on this issue," he said.

However, the Bukit Gelugor MP said Mat Sabu's statement could not be

justified and that it could damage Pakatan.

"He should retract his statement as I do not see why he should not. I do not

think what he said has any positive amplification for Pakatan; it's negative,"

he said.

Mat Sabu later clarified the remark, stating that those who attacked Bukit

Kepong were heroes because they were freedom fighters, and not because they

attacked Malay policemen.

-- BERNAMA

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