MGGPillai on May 13
The May 13 riots was staged to get rid of Tengku Abdul Rahman as
prime minister. But we would not have got independence in 1957 if the
MCA and MIC had joined him in getting this country independence.
Islam did not come into the discussion, for it was clear the British
would not have given independence if it was. The British had made
that clear. That was why the Alliance was set up, originally with MCA
and later the MIC was drawn in. If the MCA and MIC presidents had not
signed the independence agreement with the UMNO president, there
would be no independent Malaysia.
TAR is not canonised as a saint. He was the right man at the right
time. He perhaps should have resigned earlier, and he was booted out
of office with the May 13 riots. The deaths in that riots are
unimportant, but that it was is. I have reason to believe that it was
UMNO-inspired, so that it would be a Malay and Islam dominated, with
policy their right and not the non-Malays. If TAR was wrong in
getting the MCA and MIC into the independence negotiations, then the
policies after the 13 May riots is even more wrong.
You are look at the past through today’s spectacles, and the past
cannot match it. But there is a book written in Malayalam called “Out
of Malaya my blood” – a novel about those Indians who suffered
building this country up. I met an grand uncle in his eighties in
Kerala sent back from Malaya in 1905 after he fell ill with malaria,
and he asked me whether malaria was still the main killer here. He
was here before Watson and his team of researchers discovered quinine
to cure it.
About the ISA, Tun Razak Hussein, who moved the bill in the Lower
House, gave a solemn assurance that it would be used against
communists, that the government must have extra-legal powers on its
hands to contain the communist insurgency. It was on this assurance
that the opposition voted for the bill in. It is now used to frighten
the people into voting the National Front, occasionally people like
Lim Kit Siang and others who could not be remotely considered
communist in under the ISA. But that decision is not the Tunku’s but
of the present leaders of UMNO! How can the Tengku be responsible for
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