Malaysians had been struggling with the Covid-19 pandemic and we are now probably experiencing the 5th wave of the pandemic. Having that said, extreme situations requires extreme methods.
This comes after the de facto Law Minister, Datuk Seri Takiyuddin bin Hassan in an effort to unite Malaysians to focus on the fight with Covid-19. Taking his thoughts to Twitter, the PAS veteran urge Malaysians to plan a strategy to defeat Covid-19 similar to how the Soviet Communists defeated the Nazis in the Battle of Stalingrad.
In the Tweet, Takiyuddin said:
“Let us plan a strategy to defeat Covid-19 like how ‘Stalin’s Red Army’ defeated ‘Hitler’s Fourth and Sixth armies’ in ‘the Battle of Stalingrad’. Forget our differences, work on unity, develop strength for the people and nation.”
For the knowledge of those who do not know about the story, the Battle of Stalingrad is one of the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare. It was the first failure that Adolf Hitler himself publicly acknowledges it and is historically marked as the turning of the war’s tide in favour of the Allies.
The battle lasted for 6 months and resulted in over 1,100,000 deaths from the Soviet army and over 800,000 deaths for the invading Axis forces. It is also estimated that 40,000 Soviet civilians caught in between the battle had lost their lives too.
The infamous battle involves Soviet’s strategy of saving food supplies for the army instead of their own people. Hence, many find the statement by Takiyuddin to be inappropriate to be applied to the current circumstances in Malaysia.
In addition, netizens questioned the Takiyuddin for his intentions to bring up this idea, considering Stalin is one of the most prominent communists figures in history, in addition to the bloody history Malaysia has with communism.
Nonetheless, many do agree that Malaysians should all come together and be united to fight Covid-19 before it causes further damage to our society.
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