Tuesday September 4, 2012
Blogger sparks uproar
KUALA LUMPUR: A blogger has claimed responsibility for the “new Malaysian flag” controversy, saying it was done to honour the country’s early freedom fighters.
Muhammad Nasir confessed in his blog Singaselatan, which attracted instant flak from local historians and sparked an uproar among Netizens.
Historian Tan Sri Prof Khoo Kay Kim questioned the motive of Muhammad, who said he was responsible for unveiling the flag with his friend Zairi Shafai during the Janji Demokrasi gathering at Dataran Merdeka here last Thursday.
“Do they really know the struggle of Kesatuan Melayu Muda (KMM) and what it represented? If they are not happy with the country, they should give up their citizenship and migrate elsewhere,” Khoo said.
Prof Khoo, one of the co-authors of the Rukun Negara, said KMM was formed in 1938 for the purpose of overthrowing the then British rulers in Malaya.
He noted that a large number of KMM members were Indonesians, hence the leftist movement’s goal of forming Panji Melayu Raya or Greater Indonesia which called for the unification of Malaya and Indonesia.
Datuk Dr Ramlah Adam, the author of over 30 books on local history, questioned the group’s motive for glorifying KMM.
“They are trying to create their own version of history without really understanding the details behind KMM, which was against the Malay rulers.
“Some may treat their actions as young boys being mischievous but I worry that there may be a greater plan by the Opposition to cause disunity,” she said.
Blogger Aesheh Adlina Karim drew attention to the similarities of the group’s flag to the Singaporean and Indonesian national flags.
“Do they (Pakatan) mean to make Malaysia a republic because both Indonesia and Singapore are republics?” she asked in her blog.
Meanwhile, PKR deputy information youth chief Najwan Halimi said he modified a 1947 AMCJA-Putera leftist movement 12-star flag in 2007, adding that this flag design was mistakenly used by the group.