Umno Youth Chief Datuk Seri
Hishammuddin Tun Hussein should let us know his feeling and action on the
treatment of Almarhum Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra during Tun Hussein Onn's
Press Statement by Dr Tan Seng Giaw
(Kuala Lumpur, Wednesday):Umno Youth
Chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein should let us know his
feeling and action on the treatment of Almarhum Tunku Abdul Rahman
Putra during Tun Hussein Onn's premiership.
Tunku played an important
part in the Independence of Malaya and the creation of Malaysia. The DAP
honoured him specially in a forum in Dewan Hang Tuah Melaka in 1985. I
was chairman of the organizing committee.
Malaysians should respect
Tunku for his role in Merdeka and nation-building. Hsihammuddin and
Khairy have attacked DAP on the issue. What do they think of the
treatment meted out to Tunku during Tun Hussein's tenure as premier?
In 1978 Tunku wrote the
chapter, Actors on the Political Stage, in his book Viewpoints:
"Politics is a game of life,
no less providential and God-sent than other fine professional
careers. Very much depends on how one plays politics, and where one
"But some of the things
these men (the circle that formed itself around the Government) did
before they were exposed included demands to the media that I was to
be given little or no publicity. I have had so much publicity in the
last twenty years since I took over the leadership of UMNO, and the
only bother this 'silence' ever caused me was that this black-out of
any mention of me in the Press might be taken by others as a
punishment for some serious offence I might have committed when I was
"A book was introduced into
schools which made no mention of my part in building this nation of
ours. This was tantamount to libel and defamation of character, but
when I knew what was behind it I kept silent. They might have
overplayed their hand; all I had to do was to keep quiet."
Bapa Merdeka could be thus
gagged. What hope has other people?
Hishammuddin and Khairy have
chosen to play politics in their own way. Would they truly read what
Tunku sensed as a libel and defammation of his character? What is
their action for posthumous redress of the wrong done on Tunku?
*Tan Seng Giaw, DAP National
Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong