From Tak Mao to More Mao?

Now Najib says that China and Malaysia have many things in common; cynics say that sure they do, writes Tota.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) addresses the China-Malaysia Economic Summit in Kuala Lumpur on 4 October 2013. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak jointly attended the summit. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses the China-Malaysia Economic Summit in Kuala Lumpur on 4 October 2013. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Malaysian Prime Minister
Najib Razak jointly attended the summit. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

After Mao Tse Tung put China under communist rule in 1949, Malaya, under British rule then, cut off all relationship with the communist regime. Travel to China was forbidden. The Chinese here could not send money to their relatives in China.

In 1948 the MCP, an ally of the British during the Japanese occupation of the country, launched its armed campaign to liberate Malaya from British rule. The British obtained help from Commonwealth countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Fiji to fight the communist insurrection.

After a bitter struggle, Chin Peng and the communist insurgents laid down arms in a Thai-brokered peace deal in 1962. The ex-communists were given a choice to either stay in Thailand or return to Malaysia. Many chose to stay in Thailand and some returned to Malaysia.

With regard to Chin Peng, the Malaysian government did not keep its word, and he was barred from entering Malaysia. When he died in Thailand, the government refused to allow his ashes to be brought back to Malaysia to be buried among his ancestors.

Now Najib says that China and Malaysia have many things in common. Cynics say that sure they do. Both are oppressive regimes. Both have a deplorable record on human rights. Just like China, Malaysia controls both the print and electronic media. It appears that communists from China are good and virtuous. Chinese ex-communists from Malaysia are bad, thoroughly bad because they killed a lot of people.

It appears to Najib the communists in China did not kill people. He seems to be oblivious to the terrible activities of the Red Brigade during the Cultural Revolution. Najib seems to have forgotten the Tianamen Square episode when PLA tanks ran over students camping there, killing hundreds. Najib seems to have an insatiable appetite for all things from Communist China.

Suddenly bloody brothers appear to have become blood brothers. Has the government come from ‘Tak Mao to more Mao’?

Tota is the pseudonym of a contributor to our Thinking Allowed Online section.

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