Mat Indera Led The Bukit Kepong Attack, Says Former Senior Police Officer

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 15 – Former Communist Party of Malaya secretary general Chin Peng had acknowledged that the attack of the Bukit Kepong police station in Johor in 1950 was led by CPM commander Mat Indera, a forum here was told tonight.

Former Special Branch director Datuk Zulkifli Ab Rahman said the episode was related by the communist leader himself at a dialogue session at a leading Canberra university in Australia on Feb 22 and 23 1999.

“Mat Indera at the time was known as the commander in charge of the southern Johor region that included Batu Pahat, Muar, Segamat, Tangkak and the whole of  Melaka.

“This is not a story picked up from the roadside but an account verified by Chin Peng,” he said at the Merdeka Forum here entitled Communist Atrocity, Mat Indera and the Independence Struggle.

The other three panelists were former deputy army chief Lt Gen Datuk Jaafar Onn, historian Prof Datuk Ramlah Adam and Malay Consultative Council chairman Prof Datuk Dr Kamaruddin Kachar.

The forum was organised by right wing Malay group Perkasa and chaired by its chairman, Datuk Ibrahim Ali.

Zulkifli, who served the force for 37 years and was responsible for intelligence on the communists when he was with the Special Branch, said claims made by PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu or Mat Sabu that Mat Indera was a freedom fighter had no basis.

“How could he hail Mat Indera as a hero when he did not know who the man was,” Zulkifkli said.

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