However, raking the past about communal tension, atrocity and oppression will only raise discomfort to many. In our (Malaysia) case, it could widen the already thickened prejudice between race; between the Malays and Chinese.
Had we continuously condemned Japan for causing extreme grief during its ruthless occupation of Malaya, we wouldn't have established a beneficially two-way relations with them. China and South Korea are still showing that askance toward the Japanese but diplomacy has fast overshadowed it.
If the Jews still cling to the bad episode with the Nazi, Germany will not flourish from its bulky trade relations with Israel and the US.
So, what's our reason for this?
PUTRAJAYA, April 22 — The country’s interracial tension especially between the Malays and the Chinese traces back to the latter group’s “cruel rule” during the pre-independence period, former Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tun Mohammed Haniff Omar claimed today.History cannot be changed. Its fact remains.
Haniff explained that this purported hostility between the communities did not exist before then, saying it was only sparked during a brief spell in 1945 when the Malayan People’s Anti-Japanese Army (MPAJA) declared itself to be in control.
“Pertempuran (clashes) between races never happened from zaman ke zaman (era to era) until the Chinese ruled cruelly part of the Malaya peninsular through the Malayan Communist Party (CPM) and Kuomintang in August, September 1945.
“Since then, Peninsular (Malaysia) has racial problems,” the retired policeman said during a luncheon talk titled “Cabaran Keselamatan Awam Masa Kini” (Today’s Public Security Challenges).
Pointing to the Chinese community’s presence here that traced back to the Malacca Sultanate without issue, the former police chief said race had never been a problem until that point in 1945.
Before independence, Peninsular Malaysia was carved up into the Federated Malay states, Unfederated Malay states and Straits Settlement — all under British rule.
However, reliving it will only bring back the ghost of the past. Had we not learned our lesson?
Saddam Hussein made a big mistake by claiming Kuwait as part of Iraq's territories in the early 1990. Remember what happened after that?
Let's move forward!