PAGOH: — The date February 23 can never be erased from the memory of a senior citizen who lost her mother and brother in the Bukit Kepong incident 65 years ago.
Jamilah Abu Bakar, 69, from Bandar Baharu Uda, Johor Baharu, said although the tragic event happened 65 years ago, it will remain a painful memory for the rest of her life.
In the tragedy, her father sustained severe injuries when he was shot in the chest by the bandits of Malayan Communist Party while her mother and two-year-old brother died in each other’s arms after being shot by the communist.
Jamilah, who could not hold back her tears when recollecting the bitter moments, said she was only four years-old when the tragedy happened but still remembers as how it had happened and stories told by her father.
The woman told the sad story when met by reporters after a gathering of Malaysian police pensioners in conjunction with the 208th Police Day at the Bukit Kepong Emergency Gallery near here.
On Feb 23, 1950, at about 5am, the Bukit Kepong Police Station was attacked by 200 armed communist during the Emergency in Malaysia after the world war two had ended.
The communist killed 14 policemen, four policemen’s wives, a child and six Auxiliary Police.
“I saw my father leaning against the wall after being shot while my mother and brother died hugging, a scenario you cannot describe with words of the barbaric assault,” she said.
Jamilah said after the shooting she was dragged by a communist into a ditch outside the Bukit Kepong police station where she almost lost her life when the terrorist tried to kill her with a bayonet, she could only cry and shouted during that moment.
“Thank God, luckily there were several people who came to help me and was locked in a grocery shop along with other police barrack residents. I was hit by a stray bullet in the left hand during the commotion,” Jamilah said.
She said her father was 35 years-old then, even though he was seriously injured he had long life, her other brother, Hassan, the twins to his older brother, Hussin, also survived the incident.
Jamilah who is married with four children said she had reunited with her brother, Hassan, after being separated for a period of time.
“I was traumatized after the tragic incident, while my father became a quiet person, we moved to Tanjung Surat before my father ended his service in Johor Baharu,” she said.
She advised the young generation to learn from that tragic and historic event and to love the country by preserving peace and harmony.
Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar in his message, read by the Bukit Aman Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh said all parties must look back at the Bukit Kepong history and become patriotic in defending the country.
“We have achieved independence today as a result of sacrifice made by the past Malaysian heroes,” he said.