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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.


Sagaladoola said...

Hi mahaguru58,

Good that you seek remind other of the effects of racial hatred and war-mongering can do to the country.

May 13 is a sad affair. It is like a ghost that never disappears and a shadow that follows us forever.

I have heard much about it and listened to some politicians intimidating the public using May 13. That is really ugly.

Most of the experiences unravelled on the net comes from the non-Malays perspective. I have featured some of it on my website. To play fair, I am trying to compile a collection on the Malays' experience and thoughts.

This is one of them:


mahaguru58 said...

Peace be unto you Brother Sagaladoola,

We need to remember the anniversary of that tragic day on May 13th, 1969 not because we want to open up old wounds but because we need to see to it that it never comes to repeat itself, ever!

Malaysians are made up of all kinds of races and beliefs.

The present peace we have needs to be taken care of and the necessary steps taken by all of us to ensure that all the causes that triggered off the May 13, 1969 riot are addressed properly to avoid any future recurrences!

Precaution must be exercised by all of us to keep our nation safe and free from any future trouble.

Acknowledging the past ensures knowledge of how to prepare for our tomorrows.

No one should abuse the current harmony we all are enjoying. Period.

Pesanan said...

Buku "May 13" tidak lain dan tidak bukan adalah salah satu tindakan bersepadu dari pelbagai sudut untuk menidakkan sejarah dan hak semulajadi orang Melayu ke atas tanahair semulajadinya, Tanah Melayu.

Melalui buku ini, mereka ingin merubah sejarah dan menthabitkan salah ke atas seorang pemimpin Melayu ulung yang telah memberi asas ekonomi, sosial, dan politik serta hubungan antarabangsa yang kuat untuk negara ini dan juga bangsa Melayu.

Kita harus berawas dengan usaha-usaha terancang dari dalam dan luar negara untuk merubah status-status - agama Islam sebagai agama Persekutuan, Bahasa Melayu (Malaysia) sebagai bahasa rasmi, hak keistimewaan Melayu sebagai hak penduduk asal yang di tindas berkurun2 lamanya dengan terancang, kedudukkan raja-raja Melayu sebagai locus standi untuk kesinambungan kepada perkara-perkara yang disebut sebelum ini, dan tidak kurang juga keamanan dan kemakmuran negara kita Malaysia.

Harap tuan/puan menyedari usaha kami Team Blog "13 Mei: Dari Kacamata Melayu" untuk mengumpul fakta dan hujah menjawab pembohongan dan putarbelit yang sedang dilakukan.

Ayoh bersama kami! Jangan kita mudah menjadi apologis menerima buta logik-logik jahat, tanpa memahami sejarah!