Communists played no part in ‘ May 13 ‘ riots
After attending the launching forum of May 13 – Declassified Documents on the Malaysian Riots of 1969 (Petaling Jaya, Suaram, 2007) and flipping through the book, I have absolutely no doubt that it is indeed a very important publication for many years to come but editor Dr. Kua Kia Soong has also stated that it is not a definative account of the tragedy yet and other are welcome to contribute to the rational search for truth.
pp. 43-45 of the book also published for the first time previously classified records of even British intelligence disbelieving Tunku’s blame on the “communists” for the riots which were, in the assessment of Kua, ” a coup d’etat against the Tunku by the then emergent Malay state capitalists – backed by the police and army to seize control of the reign of power from the old aristocrats … “.
Sociologist Kua has also pointed out that the ‘May 13’ riots were ” by no means a spontaneous outburst of racial violence as it has been portrayed to the Malaysian public ” for the last 38 years.
Responding a point put forward by this blogger, a retired Special Branch chief and former Sarawak and Perak CPO Yuen Yuet Leng who also attended the launching forum, publicly conceded that “communists would never start racial riots”.
From: The Clare Street Blog
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