MBD: The Memali Tragedy Chronology [Repeat]
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New Facts Concerning Hapus Operation in Malaysia
I am sending you the first hand coverage of Memali, Baling tragedy
with the hope that you will print it and give it as much prominence as
possible. For security reasons I wish to remain anonymous.
Baling, a district of Kedah, north M'sia, had experienced many
tragedies in the past with the outlawed Malayan Communist Party,
which is supported by Peking.
Strangely, the tragedy which occured on the 19th Nov 1985, at a
time when the PM of M'sia, Dr Mahath1r muhammad, was on official
visit to Communist China, was one that resulted in the matyrdom of
14 muslims, who had pledges to prefer "shahadat" to secularism,
The man who would rather lose his life for truth rather than succumb
to force, was one Ibrahim Mahmud.
Background of Ibrahim Mahmood:
Ibrahim, aged 43, was a well respected muslim in Kg Memali,
Mukim SiongBaling, in the state of Kedah. Well travelled and learned
in Islam, Ibrahim was a graduate of Azhar University and had further
pursued Islamic post-grad courses in India and Libya, On his return
from the many Islamic centers of the world, Ibrahim worked for the
gov. as a prosecutor in the Religious Division of the PM's Dept.
During his tenure of office, Ibrahim used to give lectureson Islam
over Television M'sia.
Disillusioned with the system prevalent, Ibrahim Mahmood left the
gov. service and began to teach in some private religious school in a
Kpg called Memali. Subsequently, Ibrahim opened his own religious
school at the same place to serve thr Muslims.
Conversant with the conspiracies perpetuated by the
neo-colonialist, against true Islam, Ibrahim Mahmood joined the
only Islamic Paty in M'sia .. PAS.
Ibrahim gave the party the universal aproachand widened the
scope of parochial party politics to become an Islamic movement,
which encompa#ses all Muslimsw who were willing to live and die
for Islam. Ibrahim strongly attached the necessity of martyrdom and
ulema leadership as prerequisites for Islamic independence,
freedom and unity. He believed that Islam could only be meaningful in
an Islamic Republic.
In 1978, Ibrahim stood for elections on PAS ticket, in the
Bayu-Baling Constituency, getting as many as 5,801 votes to that
of BN candidate, who obtained 6,169 votes. In 1982 elections,
Ibrahim lost to the BN by a mere 100 votes.
Much like, Ibrahim loved children and was very respectful of the
Simple in his ways he truly was symbolic of clean living, amongst
the poorest people in M'sia. Ibrahim was offered high positions by
non Muslim parties if he forsake his flight for the poor and oppressed
but true to his nature, he declined the comforts of the world in order
to serve those who loved God. His life had been threatened on
many occasions with detention and death, which he set aside as
After the 1982 elections the order for the detention of Ibrahim under
the dreaded ISA was made by Min. of Internal Affairs.
Much to their dismay the committed thousands of supporters of
Ibrahim made the order a worthlesss piece of paper.
Plans for his arrest continued only to lead to his eventual victory in
attaining matyrdom together with 13 companions at the hands of
"mercenary" forces, whose love for the world excel all else,
Allahuakbar, Allahuakbar, Allahuakbar.
The following are hour to hour development at Kg Memali, Mukim
Siong, Baling, which led to the matyrdom of Ibrahim and 13 others.
The account given below, taken from the computer of the Signals
Division of the Royal Malaysian Police Force which monitored
events of the Baling tragedy is for the information of the PM;
including facts given by some of the injured, who escaped police
001: About 1935 hours (18/11/1985) at the Field Force camp at
Sungai Petani, Kedah, 3,600 police personnel from several
divisions including the Federal Reserve Unit (Penang State), Field
Force (Senoi Prak), Uniformed Police, Field Force Commando 69,
were all action-ready, awaiting orders.
The outfit was under the command of a senior officer from the Police
Headquarters (Bukit Aman in Kuala Lumpur) aided by several junior
officers from Bukit Aman, Kedah, Perlis and Penang.
002: At 1945 hours (18/11/85) the senior officer in command from
Bukit Aman issued orders that the outfit present were to make a
surprise attack upon a communist camp in the district of Baling,
which borders Thailand.
003: At 2005 (18/71185) there was commotion in the operation room
at Sungal Petani between the Field Force Officer-in- Charge
Sungai Petani and the Senior Officer-in- Charge from Bukit Aman
on the ground that the order was a fake and that the order to attack
(to kill) upon the communist camp was really one upon Ibrahim
Mahmood, his students and all those present In the Madrasah built
by the Kampong (village) folks.
The Field Force officer-in-charge told the senior officer from Bukit
Aman that Ibrahim Mahmood is considered by him and his fellow-
officers as a Ulamak, and many of them are his students. At this
juncture, there evolved a dilemma and silence prevailed.
004: The senior officer-in-charge tried in vain to contact the
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Bukit Aman He then tried and
succeeded in contacting Musa }Hitam, the !Minister of the Interior.
The Field Force officer-in-charge Sungai Petani was given the
line to speak to Musa Hitam.
Despite his plea that Ibrahim Mahmood was a much respected
Ulamak, who had done much for improving the lot of the poor and
discarded people of Kampong Mamali, that he was well- known
and regarded highly by the friends and foes, yet it became known
that the Minister of the interior ordered that the attack be launched.
Note: Most of the police involved in the operation were
non-Muslims or those who were indifferent to Islam. The secret
operation was personally given the code name 'Hapus'
(annihilate) by Musa Hitam.
005: 20:45 hours (18/11/85) a party was organized on the open
field at the Field Force camp at Sungai Petani at which only beer
and alcoholic drinks were served to all units. Some members of the
Field Force Sungai Petani did not drink.
006: A: 21:28 hours (18/11/85) a wireless message was received
by the Commander-in- Charge of Operations 'Hapus,' from the
Police Office Baling that the 10 Field Force commandos succeeded
in entering Mamali that morning and had returned with a full report
on the situation and the activities surrounding the Madrasah
(religious school) of Ibrahim Mahmood, which was to be the target
of the attack.
007: At 21:47 hours (18/11/85) the different units begin to move out
in stages under the command of 8 Junior Officers (units) entering
Baling in two armored vehicles.
The officer commanding the Sungai Petani unit showed
disinterestedness a: that moment. At the very moment at Kampong
Mamali Ibrahim Mahmood was conducting the religious cla#ses with
about 50 students in attendance which went on until 23:45 hours,
after which some returned home while most slept at the Madrasah.
008: At 24:00 hours (18/11/85) the Commanding Officer from Bukit
Aman received further and final Instructions before giving the
go-ahead order for Operation 'Hapus'
There was much dissatisfaction by the Sungai Petani unit which still
Insisted that the operation be one to blockade the above-
mentioned area In order make Ibrahim Mahmood surrender himself.
It was calculated that such an operation might take three months.
The Commanding Officer from Bukit Aman support by another officer
from Bukit Aman and the O.C.P.D Baling did not agree with the
stand of the officers from Sungai Petani as they believed that the
delay might result in a conflict between the police and the Army
which were stationed at the Malysiat/Thailand border, Baling , Sik.
This was so because about 90% of those mention army personnel
fully supported the Islamic Movement and Ibrahim Mahmood.
Matters turn to worse again. Again Musa Hitam was contacted. This
time the officer in- charge was told that Musa Hitam was not
available as he was at some hotel Kuala Lumpur. In the meantime,
the Deputy Minister the interior Radzi Ahmad was stationed at
Penang Police Headquarters to follow developments of Operation
'Hapus'. Soon a call came through front Musa Hitam who sounded
annoyed and angry. Musa did not say much but merely: 'Annihilate
even if it is the whole State of Kedah.'
At Kampong Mamali: A motorcyclist is seen stopping in front of the
arch leading to the house of Ibrahim Mahmood.
A young man is seen hurrying to the door the house of Ibrahim
asking permission to enter. He informed the people that he had just
arrived from Baling and had seen many police personnel there.
Ibrahim was awakened and all the 39 others who were staying
during the night in the Madrasah woke up and began preparing for
the impeding attack by the police. They began to gather household
paraphernalia's like axes, knives, bamboo sticks, which were
sharpened. The more enterprising among them began to make
'molotov bombs.' In short each person had some crude weapon,
included in the 'peoples army' were 4 children and 5 women.
Ibrahim then went together with the others to take water for ablution
from the nearby well. This was followed by Sunnat prayers and
Hajat prayers. This was followed by the recitation of Sura 'Yasin'
and 'Zikr.' Ibrahim Mahmood then told his brothers-In-islam that
he was ready for shahadat rather than give In or surrender those
who were imbibed with the spirit of Nationalism.
Ibrahim Mahmood asked those present to leave if they were still in
doubt. No one moved, and the soul-stirring sound of
'Allah-o-Akbar' pierced the silence of Kampong Mamali,
indicating that all present preferred martyr dom to 'disguised'
In the meanwhile, at the Police Station in the District Baling there
was much activity for making preparation for the impeding attack on
Kampong Mamali -- most the police personnel were drunk and
009: At 01:00 hours (19/11/85) 3,600 policemen including several
low-ranking officers equipped with automatic arms arrived at
Kampong Mamali in hi armored vehicles. The blockade of the
Kampong had began.
Musa Hitam must still be in the hotel in Kuala Lumpur as he could
not be communicated with instead all communication was from the
Deputy Minister of the Interior stationed in Penang. Most of the
newly-arrived police personnel were still with the impression that
the attack was as indicated earlier by the Officer from Bukit Aman,
that is, on a Communist camp. The contingent from Sungai Petani
was very small and unsure of as to what was to be attacked, this
was gathered from their conversation.
010: At 03:00 hours (19/11/85) Kampong Mamali has been
completely blocked by the various police units. The uniformed
police was only to man roadblocks to and from Kampong. The Field
Force was directed to the south, the Federal Reserve Unit to the
north and the Commando 69 (FF) behind the religious school-
cum-house of Ibrahim Mahmood.
011: At 03:36 hours (19/11/85) the senior officer from Bukit Aman,
who was officer-In-charge of Operations "Hapus," spoke through
loud- speakers from a police truck calling upon Ibrahim Mahmood
There was some discussion in the house of Ibrahim and it was
agreed there would be no surrendering to injustice even if they
appeared in uniforms representing the law. There was then heard
from within the house "takbir" followed by the shout of
012: About 04:00 hours (19/11/85) a group of about 30 people,
including some women and children suddenly appeared from the
north running between the Field Force Unit and the Commandos 69
outfit, carrying with them sharp objects that were usually used for
planting paddy. It seems they were making a bid to enter the house
of Ibrahim In order to give him their support.
The men of Commandos 69 in their drunken state carelessly began
to shoot, but missed their target. The Kampong people began to
withdraw from the scene, seeing the odds were too great.
A little later it was found that a senior officer, a junior officer and a
constable of the Field Force Unit were hit by the bullets coming
from the Commandos 69 Unit, which was meant for the Kampong
folks, who had earlier appeared. There seem to be chaos among
the police personnel.
A meeting was called to resolve the "accident." The blockade was
once again continued. Some officers from Alor Star tried to put off
the blockade for they believed the consequences would be bad as
Allah had showed signs that their action was wrong, when 3 of their
own police personnel were killed by police guns. The Commanding
Officer of "Hapus," set the request aside.
013: At 05:21 hours (19/11/85) Azan (call to prayers) was heard
coming from the house of Ibrahim. It was a very touching moment for
the policemen from Alor Star, who still doubted the motive of the
The voice of Ibrahim was heard reciting the Quran and it seemed
that Ibrahim was leading the "Subuh" prayers.
At this juncture, the Commanding Officer of Operations "Hapus"
called for the attack to begin. He was opposed by some officers,
who were Muslims who requested that the attack be commenced
after the "Subuh" prayers.
014: At 05:59 hours (19/11/1985) the "Subuh" prayers ended and
the blockade was further tightened. Suddenly the group of Kampong
people who had earlier appeared made a reappearance now from
the tight, heading towards the house of Ibrahim. They were met
heads on by the Field Force. The group rushing with their clenched
fists and crude Kampong and household weapons faced the
impending death with shouts of "Allah-o- Akbar."
The Field Force officers, who were still in doubt as to the object of
the attack ordered a retreat - to be only in a defensive position.
As time went on, the whole operation to annihilate Ibrahim and
those with him during the early hours of the morning seemed
jeopardized by the rising of the sun. Now, there was no more
secrecy nor the surprise element.
Note: All leading Muslim leaders before the operation was
launched, had been arrested during the night. We might ask the
question as to whether the darkness of night could hide such evil
015: At 08:15 hours (19/11/85). After getting the orders from the
Deputy Minister of the Internal Affairs from Penang, the
Commanding Officer ordered the two armored vehicles to attack the
house of Ibrahim. The attackers were met by "molotov bombs" and
this led to their eventual retreat while firing their automatic weapons
at the above-mentioned house.
At that time, four women and three children ran out of the house.
They had been asked by Ibrahim to vacate the house as the
condition was becoming critical. These people were soon
outnumbered and captured by the Federal Reserve Unit. They were
then hustled into the awaiting trucks which were guarded by police
At the same time the attack continued. Shots were fired in the
direction of the house of Ibrahim. Within the house was heard the
call of "Allah-o- Akbar" continuously.
016: At 11:05 (19/11/85) the Commando 69 Unit was ordered to
attack the house of Ibrahim.
017: At 11:36 hours (19/11,85) the men of Commando 69 Unit
managed to shoot themselves into the house of Ibrahim. There
ensued some scuffling. Ibrahim and his friends fought back with
home-made weapons. Some of the men in the house began to rush
out of the house to fight the police outside. In the ensuing melee,
the police opened fire at the people, some of whom had nothing but
their clenched fists. All the while, "Allah-o-Akbar" was at the lips
of the fighters. Many were shot dead while some were critically
Ibrahim himself was attacked by several members of the Commando 69.
Ibrahim managed to kill one of them, but another shot Ibrahim,
the bullets piercing into the right side of his chest.
Ibrahim fell with his fist still clenched and in an effort to raise it while
from his mouth set forth the words "Allah-oAkbar." One police
personnel from Alor Star rushed up and put Ibrahim's head on his
lap... It was then that Ibrahim was heard to have uttered his Last
words, "Alhamdulillah, for making me and my brothers whose life
you have taken, Shahids."
018: At 12:13 hours (19/11/85) the attack came to an end. Those
who were caught were tied up arid put into gunny sacks. Some of
the Commando 69 men were seen to kick the dead to see if they
were still alive, and some of them shot at the dead while saying,
"To hell with Islam."
019: At 13:05 hours (19/11/85) the Commanding Officer reported
back to Penang and later to Kuala Lumpur, to Musa Hitam himself.
Musa Hitam then ordered that all inhabitants of the Kampong must
be arrested in order: to keep the truth of what really had happened
in Mamali a secret.
020: At 15.00) hours (19/11/85) mopping up operations ended with
those arrested being flown off in two police helicopters, while those
killed and injured were also flown to be sent to hospitals in Sungai
Petani (the 4 martyred) and Alor Star (10 martyred, including the
body of Al Shahid Ibrahim Mahmood).
021,: At 15:10 hours (19/11/85) about 30 people in army uniforms
with automatic arms arrived in the area facing the house of Shahid
They were in a very angry mood and seemed ready to confront the
huge number of police there. The Commander of operations
"Hapus" was met by one of the newly-arrived men in uniform.
There seemed to be a heated argument between them.
The police personnel present was then put on alert to fight back if
the situation became explosive. Knowing that the odds were against
them, the men in Army uniforms retreated, saying: "Today is your
day, and you can do anything you like, but remember, another time
shall soon come and we shall face you with our weapons and in a
more even number."
Any rational, right-thinking man on the street can judge by the
above reports and biography of Shahid Ibrahim Mahmood that he
was as far away from being criminal as Musa Hitam can be called a
Muslim. Yet the Zionist-orientated press, the New Straits Times, on
21/11/85 on its front page read: "Four Policemen, 14 Criminals Die
in Clash." In the same issue of the said paper, Musa Hitam labeled
the martyred Ibrahim and 13 others as criminals and religious
deviationists, completely discarding the statement made by the
Islamic Religious Council of Kedah, which `found that Ustad Ibrahim
was only giving religious `cheramahs'. Further Musa Hitam, during
a press conference after the Mamali tragedy, said that he was
`criticized' twice in the UMNO general a#sembly for his seeming
inaction with regard to these activities.
When we take into cognizance the above mentioned facts together
with the past election results and the meager edge the Barisan
National candidate won over Ustad Ibrahim, one can deduce that
the whole objective of "Operations Hapus" was political, namely to
get rid UMNO of Ibrahim Mahmood in - the imminent threat it faced
- mantaining the Bayu/Baling seat in the forthcoming elections.
Where lies UMNO's priorities after the Mamali slaughter? If UMNO
claims that it is an Islamic Party then its leaders have committed
treason against God for having masterminded the ma#sacre at
Mamali which led to the martyrdom of many. If, however, UMNO
claims that it is a Nationalistic Party then its leaders have betrayed
the very basis of its existence by killing Malays, whom UMNO has
sworn to protect. The action of these UMNO leaders may bring civil
war among the Malays.
Such utter disregard for lives has resulted in some UMNO members
being disillusioned about the sincerity of their Deputy President.
Musa Hitam seems to want notoriety, been labeled with. As General
Benny Murdani (his Indonesian counterpart), has. He has been
nicknamed as "political animal" and "Muslim killer".
As a Zionist agent this is expected of General Murdard, being a
non-Muslim, but why Musa Hitam? UMNO, by such actions has
proven that it is neither for the Malays nor for Islam, though the
names of both have been made the means for maintaining power.
The Chinese and Indian ultras are steadily converging among
themselves, using the Important Malays as their temporary
"champions". To resolve this deteriorating yet complex matter, Dr.
Mahathir needs now to write about the UMNO dilemma.
The Aftermath of the Mamali/Baling Tragedy Kampong Mamali,
which was at one time bustling with life is now deadly silent -- a
ghost town. Most of its inhabitants have fled fearing police
persecution or attest. As many as 159 of its sons and daughters
have been arrested, their only sin being that they wanted the true
These people, which included children and the aged, are being
detained in three small rooms at a detention camp.
The women are mixed with the men. There is NO facility to pray and
the internees are exposed to humiliation and constant hara#sment.
Babies are not given milk and are seen crying for their mothers,
who have been separated from them.
Each in turn is given only one bowl of porridge a day. The
critically-injured were sent to the District Hospital at Sungai Petani
and Alor Star.
They were given out-patient treatment, which is most inhuman. If
matters are not changed for the better more martyrdom will result in
the next few days.
Thirteen of the martyred, including Ibrahim Mahmood were buried
together in their blood- soaked clothes at a graveyard at Parit
Panjag, Baling. The other martyr, at the request for his mother was
buried in Alor Star.
To Musa Hitam and the Commander-in-Charge of "Operations
Hapus" the case is closed.
The non-Muslims ultras are tickled at the prospect of an impending
civil strife between the Malays (who are all Muslims).
The Malays have come to realize the dangers of nationalism and
the type of power it may create.
To the martyred, it is the greatest achievement of their lives, for they
have returned to their Creator and at the same time have set the
right trend for the Muslims of Malaysia - jointly with their Muslim
brothers across the world, to understand what it takes to be a true
By order of Musa Hitam, large number of innocent men, women and
children have been arbitrarily arrested and interned under
Till today neither the actual number or the names of those falsely
arrested have been published.
Those interned have neither been charged nor brought before a
magistrate as is mandatory by law.
Is the Mamali ma#sacre another means of diverting the people's
attention from the greatest day-light "robbery" in Malaysian history?
Billions of public funds were lost and an honest man was murdered,
yet the government was all hush-hush and lenient that the BMF
matter is still an open affair with no end in sight.
Yet when it comes to a learned theologian, who tries to help the
oppressed and poor, he is so mercilessly haunted and killed. Where
lies the rule of law, justice and truth?
Those responsible for the tragedy of Mamali must be brought to trial.
Malay blood must not be spilled on Malay land under the false
notion that Islam supports "National- ism". Not only the
Pan-Malaysian Muslim Party, but all Muslims who are worth their
name, in and outside UMNO, have demanded that the government
set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry to thoroughly investigate the
Mamali tragedy and issue a White Paper based upon its findings for
public review. In the meantime, no elections should take place
before the White Paper is issued.
"AND DO NOT THINK THAT THOSE WHO ARE KILLED IN
ALLAH'S WAY ARE DEAD, NAY THEY ARE ALIVE (AND) ARE
PROVIDED SUSTENANCE FROM THEIR LORD." (Sura Alii Imran.
Dated this 27th Day November 1985 14th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1406
Voice of Islam - Malaysia.