PETALING JAYA - It is disrespectful to suggest that non-Malays were not part of the struggle against communists in the country, said an army veteran group.
Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans Association (Macva) president Major (Rtd) Tan Pau Son said non-Malays had risked their lives to protect the country from threats during the emergency.
“We served and risked our lives. When you are in the jungle, the (communists’) booby traps do not distinguish between Chinese, Malay, Indian, Iban or Caucasian legs. When it explodes, it explodes. Many of my friends died,” he said here yesterday.
Tan was commenting on Ummah president Ismail Mina Ahmad’s earlier remarks that only Malays were part of the resistance against the communist insurgency.
He said when Macva was formed a few years ago, it received applications from about 1,000 Chinese armed forces veterans within a short span of time.
“This number only accounts for those still alive. What about those who have passed away?” said the Royal Military College graduate.
“We (veterans) are very hurt by his remarks,” he said.
Macva, said Tan, would step up efforts in disseminating information about the veterans who served during the