The Bintang Tiga were dominated by Chinese who were not citizens of Malaya until the agreement to jus soli arrangement of citizenship pror to independence on August 31st 1957 but were population of Malaya as British subject. Thus, how could they be described as independent fighters?
To correct his deteriorating memory, UMNO was not yet formed during the Bintang Tiga's reign of terror. It was the majority Malay's decision to side with the "lesser of the two evils" between the two colonial powers.
In case he forget and it seemed regularly forget details of events he is present - his words at ceramah and his accident at Bersih 2.0 - , the Bintang Tiga was formed with help from the British to train them in jungle guerilla warfare at a Special Training School 101 in Singapore.
Another important historical point for Mat Sabu to recall is that PAS has the British help in it's early formation to be a permanent divisive element against Malay Unity and be constantly at odd with UMNO. Unlike PAS, UMNO was the conglomeration of Malay associations and political party including the Parti Kebangsaan Melayu (MNP).