MCA's Yap Pian Hon has no regrets over Chinese school stand

Bede Hong

Yap Pian Hon, 73, speaking at home in Serdang. The former MCA leader opposed the government’s move to appoint non-Mandarin speakers to senior positions in Chinese primary schools and was hauled up under the Internal Security Act in 1987. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Nazir Sufari, October 26, 2017.

October 27 marks the 30th anniversary of  Operasi Lalang, where 106 people were detained without trial and the publishing licences of three newspapers were revoked. The episode remains a grim reminder of what can happen in the absence of check and balances, a deep scar in the Malaysian psyche. To mark this day, The Malaysian Insight speaks to those involved in the dragnet – the victims and their families, detention centre wardens and police.

FORMER MCA vice-president and party veteran Yap Pian Hon, 73, wears his detention under Operasi Lalang as a badge of honour.

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