I have been thinking about the outrageous claim by the former Inspector-General of Police, Tun Hanif Omar, who said that the DAP proposal to split Peninsular Malaysia between the Malays and the non-Malays was detailed in a Special Branch intelligence report sent to him in his capacity as police chief of staff in the National Operations Council (Mageran) in 1969.
It would appear that the Special Branch knew more about the DAP than the DAP itself!
This is total news to DAP leaders and I myself, who was DAP Secretary-General for 30 years from 1969-1999, DAP National Chairman for five years from 1999 to 2004 and DAP Parliamentary Leader for 14 years from 2004 – 2018, have never heard of it.
I have just spoken to the founding National Chairman Dr. Chen Man Hin who will be 94 years old in another two months’ time. Dr. Chen, who was DAP National Chairman for 33 years from 1966 to 1999 and four-term Member of Parliament, confirmed that he had never heard of the preposterous and ridiculous proposal to partition Peninsular Malaysia into two parts, the West for the Chinese and the East for the Malays, which is against the very principle and objective of the DAP since the founding of the party in 1966.
It would appear that the goal posts have been shifted since Hanif’s original statement that the DAP had proposed after the May 13 riots in 1969 the partition of Peninsular Malaysia into two, the west for the Chinese and the east for the Malays to a new position that there was a Special Branch intelligence report in 1969 that there was such a DAP proposal.
Was there such a Special Branch intelligence report and was it credible?
Was the Special Branch officer who made the intelligencer report a “rogue” operative who had wanted the DAP to adopt the proposal that Peninsular Malaysia be divided into two, the west for the Chinese and the east for the Malays, so that DAP could be painted and demonized as racist, irresponsible and even treacherous and treasonable?
Even if it is true that there was such a Special Branch intelligence report – whose veracity is very much doubted as the DAP leadership knew nothing about it – the question is why Hanif had decided to resurrect it after half a century?
I am really mystified how such an outrageous allegation has been resurrected after half a century, even if it was true that there was such a Special Branch intelligence report in the first place.
The proposal is so preposterous, ridiculous, divisive, racist and treacherous that I want the full facts of this cock-and-bull story to be known.
Hanif’s cock-and-bull story that DAP wants Peninsular Malaysia to be partitioned into two parts, the West for Chinese and the East for Malays, is a rare and colossal act of mischief and irresponsibility by a former top cop and the onus is on him to prove that there is such a Special Branch intelligence report and to reveal the identity of the Special Branch Officer who made such a report.
It is clear that the Police themselves did not believe in this Special Branch intelligence report as I was never questioned about it during my 60-day interrogative custody under the Internal Security Act, and furthermore, nobody heard anything about it for half-a-century until Hanif resurrected it.
Was the proposal a black operation which the Special Branch had wanted to hoist on the DAP in 1969 so that the DAP could be accused of being divisive, racist and unpatriotic but failed?
Let the truth be known!