SEMPORNA: Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) leader Chin Peng was an enemy of the state, says the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.
The Ruler reminded the people that Chin Peng wanted to turn the country into a communist state, and he and his compatriots were responsible for the deaths of many security personnel and civilians.
"History has shown that the Government sacrificed a lot of money and effort to defend the country's sovereignty.
"Lives of members of the armed forces and police were lost, and many civilians were killed and suffered as a result of the actions of Chin Peng and communist terrorists," he said during a visit to the KD Sri Semporna naval base here yesterday.
Sultan Sharafuddin, who is also Royal Malaysian Navy Colonel-in-Chief, hoped Malaysians would learn and understand the country's history while not forgetting its darkest moments during the Emergency.
"Do not trade national pride and honour for popularity," he added.
Sultan Sharafuddin also congratulated the navy for successfully overcoming the challenges to protect the country against foreign militants during Ops Daulat in Lahad Datu.
He called on the Malaysian security forces, including the police, the armed forces and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, to cooperate and remain in constant communication with each other in their duty to protect the country and its people.
"I want to remind those who tried to be an enemy and sell out the county to foreign parties to be cautious and to repent so that they do not commit this evil act again," he said.
Sultan Sharafuddin is on a four-day visit to Sabah and visited KD Sri Tawau naval base on Wednesday and will proceed to Lahad Datu and Sandakan later.
He will also visit the Danum Valley Conservation Centre, Pulau Bum Bum and Kampung Tanduo, as well as the naval staff quarters in Taman Samudera, Sandakan.