The New Village Movie: Romanticizing Communist Insurgents
By Suffian Ahmad
Let it be known that, during the British rule, the Chinese were not slaves or somewhat forced to be here in Malaya. They are here as workers, being paid an amount of money to work for their English or sometimes Malay bosses.
The Chinese then managed to expand their wealth by trading with themselves and the locals. The Malay locals welcomed the Chinese and even helped them to establish small colonies near Malay Kampung’s all over Malaysia.
However, during the China-Japanese war, the Chinese in Malaysia had become restless. They know that the Japanese will eventually come to Malaya soon, so they had to do something to ensure that they can survive Japanese attacks. Even though, the British assured the Chinese that they will protect Malaya and all of its inhabitants, the Chinese still demands that the British were to give firearms and military training to them. Thus the MPAJA (Malayan People Anti-Japanese Army) was born.
Unlike the Chinese, Malays were treated worst by the British during the Japanese Occupation. The Malays were not permitted to organize racial military units. However, the British did make a Special Unit for the Malays to join the British Army and they called it The Malay Regiment. Unlike the MPAJA, the Malay Regiment was not independently run my Malay officers per se. They can only act by orders from the British government.
After the war, the Malays continue to serve the British and the Chinese (with arms supplied by the British) went into the Malaysian Jungle and create their own militia. Ironically, the Chinese are using the arms supplied by the British to fight the British in a mission to remodelled Malaya into a communist country.
Malaya was in a civil war, while insurgent’s tries to rule by force, politician from all of the races were trying to find a peaceful solution to gain independence from the British. The communist was terrorizing the people of Malaya.
The communist insurgent was not the hero that the Chinese has expected. They killed, raped and pillage everything that they can get their hands on.
The British government with the cooperation of local leaders tried to help the people of Malaya especially the Chinese by implementing various policies and protocols. This also involves re-location of the Chinese community in “New-Villages” so that they can protect the Chinese from communist attacks. The Parti Komunis Malaya, would prefer to attack and influence the Chinese so that it would be easier for them to obtain food and information. These “New-Villages” has since become a pleasant community where many of the Chinese choose to stay.
Now, there are movement made by the younger generation to dig up and portray these insurgents as heroes. It is unsure what their intentions are by bringing up an issue that will certainly open an old wound of the country.
From Mat Sabu’s statements by saying that Mat Indera is a hero to Amir Muhammad’s movie titled “Lelaki Komunis Terakhir”, it seems like some people wants to re-live the communist experience at the expense of the nation’s security, peace and harmony.
Now, it seems like the pro-communist movement in Malaysia are taking it another notch. They made a movie romanticizing the PKM “struggle” to ensure that the legacy of the PKM will be remember by all. And best of all, they will be remembered as one of the groups who fought for the independence of the country.
The “New Village” movie was set to be screened in local cinemas on the 22 of August 2013. However, because of the movie seditious nature and romanticizing the struggle of a communist faction, the Home Minister decided that it was enough and we need to put an end on giving a hero title to communist insurgents who were considered as an enemy of the state.
Kudos to the Home Minister for acting swift and fast to contain the film before it broke out to the public.
Freedom of expression is one thing, but the immortalizing an enemy of the nation for the sake of entertainment is another. I hope that the Chinese community especially those who are supporting the Communist ideologies must understand that they were the one who spread the seed of hate among Malaysians.
They also need to understand that the PKM was responsible in killing hundreds maybe thousands of Chinese, namely women and children in their 14 days of rampage in Malaya. The PKM were not more than a glorified “kampong” style gangster who took advantage of the instability of the country.
Disregarding what the Malay feel about the communist, the Chinese needs to remember that, the PKM were the one who raped their wives and daughters, took all of their livestock and food, and made their lives a living hell. The PKM tortured and kill them for their mission, not the Malays, not the British or any other parties. Some say that the treatment given by the PKM to the Chinese was similar to the Japanese during their occupation of Malaya.
It is unwise for anyone who did not live in that particular era to create such stories to romanticize the PKM or any other communist insurgent. They need to understand that, some of those who survived the 14 days of terror are still here. The PKM are not heroes, calling them heroes will only hurt those who had suffered greatly in their hands.