Saturday, May 12, 2007
May 13 1969 - Lest we forget what racial hatred can do?
I have been invited by Elizabeth Wong to attend SUARAM's book launch tomorrow about the May 13, 1969 racial riots tragedy.
I reflect back on what little I remember as an 11 year old kid on that fateful day.
I remember my kampong at Jalan Kota Giam being put under curfew as it was just next to the Chinese village of Jalan Tokong Batu in East Jelutong, Penang.
From what I still recall was the sight of soldiers in green fatigues armed with rifles guarding the kampong and ordering us villagers to remain indoors.
The riots took place only in Kuala Lumpur and the Wikipedia has clear records of all that took place.
As a Malaysian, I pray that our nation does not have to see a repeat of such a massacre ever taking place here again.
Idiots in politics however seem to love stirring up trouble every now and then in our Parliament and in the online websites.
Maybe they have yet to experience the sufferings of those unfortunate victims of racial hatred themselves and are itchy to taste some themselves. Only if they themselves get hurt physically and emotionally will they stop the nonsense and start to cherish the relative peace and harmony we now have amongst us.
I hope that they will wise up and protect our nation and it's peace loving citizens from such a tragedy ever happening here again.
The key to that is of course - mutual respect and commonsense to prevail to those who can think rationally with their God given brains unlike some idiots we see jumping up and down in this nation's House of Parliament. I seriously hope the idiots will never be voted back to power in the next GE!
May Allah SWT protect us all from our own ego's and keep us all united in the spirit of Malaysia Boleh -" Hidup dalam Aman dan Bahagia Bersama-sama". Ameen Ya Rabbal Alameen.
Peace to all Malaysians.