The above article shows the argument of two sides on Patriotism and hero. But I find it quite interesting as when Malaysia was not even formed during that time to talk about patriotism and hero, one has to base on history and your unbiased stand to decide.
Who should be considered HERO? The One fighting for British Government in Malaya or the one fighting the British Government and its police? A bit confusing, right?
A friend commented: “We don’t have to go that far. Ask for those who have had fought for peace during the insurgency in Sarawak after the Independence until the late 80s’. They are long forgotten by the people and the government.” May be he is right. During a kopitiam chit-chat, a friend said “A big chunk of history has been conveniently forgotten to serve political purpose to project certain race as hero and pioneer in fighting for independence. The article above indicated that the incidence happened before formation of Malaysia BUT the movie that depicted the incidence never mentioned about the very fact that those ‘communists’ are fighting against British soldiers and its police.” What the friend said may be true and may be it is not true.
However, we must have a measurable standard to decide who are hero of Malaysia. If in prior formation of Malaysia era, killing British Government soldiers and police is not considered hero and not considered patriotism then our Rosli Dorby still a hero who killed a British Officer before formation of Malaysia era? To me he is a hero but we just can’t have double standard, right?