(TV image by Konrado Fedorczyko / sxc.hu; communist
star image public domain, source: Wiki commons)WHILE there has been a lot of press coverage regarding the establishment of the Special Parliamentary Committee on Unpatriotic Activities (SPCUA), I’m baffled as to why more hasn’t been written on the SPCUA’s televised hearings.
As we know, the SPCUA was formed at the behest of Datuk Seri Wan Azhad Karim, after he revealed that the Ministry of Absolute Authority (Kementerian Kuasa Mutlak, or KeMut) received intelligence regarding “resurgent communist terrorist activity” in Malaysia.
“There seems to be efforts by various unregistered groups that stink of communism, and we are smelling it,” Wan Azhad said in a news report dated 25 May 2009. He revealed that these groups were propagating communist sentiment through blogs and the print media.
“We consider these efforts as treasonous, since they completely disregard the murder of thousands of citizens at the hand of communist guerillas between 1948 and 1960. I hope the Malaysian people are not easily fooled,” Wan Azhad added.
Investigations have been moving along swiftly, and the first of the televised hearings began yesterday, on 1 June. They questioned two individuals: 27-year-old filmmaker Rahim Hamid, and Petaling Jaya Residents’ Association (PRA) president Dr Harold Jeganathan.
As the telecast was aired at 11am, I’m guessing most people missed it. Let me excerpt parts of the hearing’s transcript below:
KeMut’s interview with Rahim Hamid
Wan Azhad: Let us talk about your documentary, Testamen Politik. What were your intentions in making this movie?
Rahim Hamid: Testamen Politik was released in 2004. It was intended as a short, accessible movie to introduce young Malaysians to a respected figure in Malaysian history, the freedom fighter Datuk Ahmad Boestaman. His contributions to the struggle for independence have been sidelined in history textbooks, just because he was aligned with the anti-British Left.
So you admit openly, in this hearing, that you were glorifying the life of known communist?
Mr Chairman, Ahmad Boestaman was never part of the Malayan Communist Party. He was a founding member of Parti Rakyat Malaysia. Being part of a leftist party is not the same as being part of the communist armed struggle.
Cheh! Guevara (Source: fatamerican.tv)You actually believe that?
Yes, Mr Chairman, I do.
Ah, yes. Young man, is it not true that you have appeared at screenings of your film wearing a T-shirt, bearing the image of known communist figure Che Guevara?
Yes. I have a Che T-shirt. Probably thousands of other young Malaysians have them.
I would like to comment here that KeMut can confirm this, and that it is a frightening sign of how deeply the virus of communist sympathy has infiltrated the minds of Malaysians.
I don’t think–
Is it not true that wearing a T-shirt with the face of Che Guevara will inevitably lead to the wearing of T-shirts that bear the image of communist evil-doer Chin Peng?
Chin Peng (Public domain; source: Wiki commons) I honestly cannot comment, as I don’t have a Chin Peng T-shirt.
But is it possible to infer that you would want to own a Chin Peng T-shirt?
No, that aesthetic is so 1990s. I don’t wear my Che T-shirt anymore.
Can you explain what you mean by this statement? Do you mean to say you’ve mended your ways?
What I mean to say is that if I was seen wearing something so unfashionable, it would seriously damage my reputation.
Young man, you have been engaging in treasonous activity. Your reputation is the least of your worries right now.
KeMut’s interview with Dr Harold Jeganathan
Wan Azhad: Can you please state for the record where you were on the night of 22 April 2009?
Harold Jeganathan: I was attending a residents’ meeting organised by PRA.
And what was discussed at this meeting?
We called this special meeting to discuss the problem of increasing incidences of crime in Petaling Jaya.
Who attended this meeting?
PJ residents. These were mostly from Section 5, as that was where the meeting was held. But there were other people as well. The meeting was open to the public.
So you were freely preaching your ideology to outsiders?
Did you have a police permit for this meeting?
No. But we informed the police. Our residents’ association meetings are–
So you have been engaging in illegal activities for some time, then.
Mr Chairman, I don’t understand–
You acknowledge that community organisation is the standard operating procedure, or modus operandi, of communist cells?
Pleading ignorance will not save you from the fact that you have been engaging in blatantly communist activity.
Mr Chairman, I don’t understand. Are you trying to say that residents’ associations are communist?
Evidently they are. This committee considers any sort of community organisation as communist terrorism. Mr Harold, you are a trained historian? You were with Universiti Sains Malaysia?
Yes, yes, I was part of USM’s History Department for 15 years. I am retired now.
Meeting in session (Original pic by KW Mak)
Can you explain to us your opinion on the issue of Chin Peng’s return to Malaysia, as you wrote in an article on your blog, entitled Examining CPM’s legacy?
I merely said that calls for Chin Peng’s return would be contentious. My blog post was about the need to re-examine the place of the Malayan Communist Party, and its role in the wider effort towards Merdeka.
So you were advocating lies, this so-called “historical revisionism”?
Mr Chairman, I think you misunderstand the concept of revisionism. Also, I think I need to make clear that, in my academic career, my focus was on social and cultural narratives of history, and–
Let it be noted in the record that Mr Harold has admitted to being a socialist — and, as we all know, “socialism” is just a cover for “communism”. He has been–
Mr Chairman, you are not letting me present my case.
And I won’t let you! You and your ilk have caused enough damage, swaying Malaysian opinion to glorify blood-sucking monsters such as Chin Peng. You are particular guilty of this sin, as your status as a former academic and leader of this PRA cadre has made it possible for you to spread anti-Malaysian sentiments.
I don’t think I am being treated fairly.
We don’t have to treat you fairly. You are already guilty. We are just here to prove your guilt to the Malaysian public.
– End of transcript –
Zedeck Siew doesn’t have a Che Guevara T-shirt. No, really, he doesn’t!