Is Muhyiddin Living in the 21st Century?

July 21, 2012 at 5:28 am Leave a comment

Friday, July 20, 2012 Khoo Kay Peng

Muhyiddin is trying to do a ‘Mahathir’ on our youths by reminding them to stay united in order to ensure the country remains stable and peaceful and to avoid a repeating of the May 13, 1969 tragedy.

He said he was at that time a second year student in University Malaya and stayed with his brother outside the campus.”I saw Malays chasing Chinese, Chinese chasing Malays, they were all holding parang. They were confronting each other in the middle of the road and as a result, some people were injured and houses were burned.
“But, this situation didn’t spread out, because the then deputy prime minister Tun Abdul Razak announced a state of emergency for Kuala Lumpur and controlled the situation.”Muhyiddin said the government them carried out research found that the riot was caused by disparities among the races and that it was also instigated by the opposition.”We don’t want May 13 repeated,” he added.Is Muhyiddin giving a tacit threat against youths supporting the opposition. It was evident that the ghost of May 13 had been exorcised in the 2008 GE. The issue did not have any traction against post-1969 generations.If our youths can stay united, they should unite against poor governance, blatant corruption, dirty politics and racism.

At this age, it is very difficult for Muhyiddin trying to sell the idea that the opposition had instigated the May 13 riots. On the contrary, the Opposition did well in 1969. Both 1969 and 2008 were the only two times the BN were denied their customary two-thirds parliamentary majority.Both GEs had shown clearly the transformation of our society. The 1969 society was easily manipulated and instigated to participate in riots. The opposition had lost subsequent elections without instigating any riots. Not even during BN unprecedented 92% parliamentary victory in 2004. So, who is more likely to start a riot? Opposition or UMNO?I am sure Muhyiddin personally would like BN/UMNO to perform badly but enough to win the federal government so that he can live up his dream of becoming a PM. It is no longer a secret that the Deputy PM harbours this intention.However, it is unnecessary and unscrupulous for Muhyiddin to attempt resurrecting the ghost of May 1969. It is unlikely to work this time.

Posted by at 1:26 PM

Challenge to Muhyiddin on raising the May 13 spectre

I challenge the Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to prove he is a responsible political leader and Malaysian nationalist when raising the spectre of May 13 wanting to prevent any recurrence and not indulging in the low- class, irresponsible, unscrupulous and contemptible double politics of fear and race to preserve UMNO/Barisan Nasional in power at all costs in the next general election.

It has been reported that at a national youth conference held in Parliament yesterday, Muhyiddin called on the young generation to be united in order to ensure the country remains stable and peaceful and to avoid a repeat of the May 13, 1969 tragedy.

Muhyiddin was quoted as declaring at the conference: “We don’t want May 13 repeated.”

On behalf of DAP and Pakatan Rakyat, let me officially respond by declaring that we in DAP and Pakatan Rakyat also do not want a repeat of the May 13 tragedy and we pledge to do all we can to prevent any such recurrence.

DAP and Pakatan Rakyat offer to co-operate and work closely with UMNO and Barisan Nasional to ensure that there will be no repeat of May 13 in the next general election, and Malaysians are entitled to ask how there could be a repeat of the May 13 tragedy if both political coalitions – Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat – sincerely pledge to work together in the national interest to prevent any such recurrence?

I confess I am concerned at the way Muhyiddin raised the spectre of May 13, which had been used in the past decades to create fear among voters as part of the scare tactics to force voters to vote for UMNO and BN, as it raises the question whether the DPM was giving an assurance that there would be no May 13 recurrence or he was subtly threatening that there could be another May 13 if UMNO loses power!

Could there be another May 13 in the next general election? My answer would be a strong NO.

Without going into the debate as to who should be held responsible for the May 13 tragedy in 1969 (and there are diametrically conflicting accounts and versions of who should be held responsible and this is why right from the beginning after the May 13 riots, DAP and I had called for an independent Royal Commission of Inquiry into its causes) the circumstances today are completely different from those prevailing 43 years ago in 1969.

The most important difference between 1969 and the 13th general election is the emergence of a multiracial multireligious naional coalition represented throughout the country to peacefully and democratically challenge UMNO/BN’s hold to power in Putrajaya -as the Pakatan Rakyat coalition of PKR, PAS and DAP is a Malaysian coalition of all races, religions and regions in Malaysia!

Only the most irrespnsible, anti-national and treacherous elements in our country can try to distort and misinterpret a PAkatan Rakyat victory in the 13GE as victory of one race against another, as to justify wild thoughts tinkering with the idea of anther May 13, when any victory for Pakatan Rakyat will be a Malaysian victory representing all races.

Is Muhyiddin sincere when he declared “We don’t want May 13 repeated”.

If so, the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should break his silence and answer the question I had posed to him many times in the past three years – whether he would declare clearly and unequivocally that he would accept the verdict of the people in the 13GE, including the election of a Pakatan Rakyat government in Putrajaya to replace the Barisan Nasional and that he would personally ensure and facilitate a peaceful transition of federal power for the first time in the nation’s history, to tell the world that Malaysia has becoome a normal democracy and even en route to become, in Najib’s own words, “the best demoracy in the world”!

[Speech at the DAP Inanam Sepanggar ceramah on Friday July 20, 2012 at 9pm]

Kit Siang: Pakatan will help BN prevent May 13 repeat

By Clara Chooi
July 21, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, July 21 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will work with its political foes in Barisan Nasional (BN) and do all it can to prevent a repeat of the bloody racial clashes of May 1969, Lim Kit Siang has pledged.

But the political veteran, whose enemies have blamed him for instigating the 1969 riots, also demanded the same cooperation from the ruling pact.

He expressed fear that the repeated mentions of the May 13 incident by BN leaders may contain a subtle threat to voters that the tragedy would reoccur should Umno lose power.

Lim (picture) pointed to the latest May 13 reference made by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday and asked the Umno deputy president if he had meant to assure Malaysians that a similar clash would not repeat or warn them otherwise.

“I confess I am concerned at the way Muhyiddin raised the spectre of  May 13, which had been used in the past decades to create fear among voters as part of the scare tactics to force voters to vote for Umno and BN,” the Ipoh Timor MP in his speech text from a ceramah last night.

According to news reports yesterday, Muhyiddin had called on the country’s youths to stand united in order to avoid a another bloody racial clash like the 1969 riots, which is said to have claimed the lives of nearly 2,000 Malaysians.

“We don’t want May 13 repeated,” the deputy prime minister had said.

But Lim said Malaysia’s political and social landscape have changed significantly since the clash, pointing to the birth of Pakatan Rakyat (PR), a coalition of three parties – DAP, PKR and PAS – which he said promotes multiracialism.

“So could there be another May 13 in the next general election? My answer would be a strong ‘No’,” he said.

“On behalf of DAP and PR, let me officially respond by declaring that we also do not want a repeat of the May 13 tragedy and we pledge to do all we can to prevent any such recurrence.

“DAP and PR offer to co-operate and work closely with Umno and BN to ensure that there will be no repeat of May 13 in the next general election,” he said.

With such cooperation, the DAP adviser pointed out, Malaysians could then rest assured that a similar tragedy would not recur.

But he urged a personal commitment from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak that a peaceful transition would be ensured should PR wrest federal power in the coming polls.

“Tell the world that Malaysia has become a normal democracy and even en route to become… ‘the best democracy in the world’,” he said, borrowing a quote from the Umno president.

‘We will not allow a repeat of May 13’

7:50AM Jul 22, 2012

YOURSAY ‘Issuing a veiled threat on the possibility of a recurrence of May 13 is tantamount to encouraging a repeat performance if things don’t go their way.’

Is Muhyiddin sincere about avoiding a May 13?

your sayVoice: The May 13 tragedy happened in 1969. That was more than 40 years ago. During the four decades, BN has repeated non-stop that the government has done much to foster unity among the races and has claimed to the whole world that Malaysia is a role model for racial unity and integrity.

Now that 40 years have passed, why are they still worried about the May 13 tragedy happening again? Why are they so insecure about what their own government has built all these years?

Why does the same government lack confidence about national unity when the people themselves do not seem worried about the tragedy ever happening again?

Why does the same government still harp on the issue again and again, when the old generation has slowly forgotten it and the young generation is not even interested to know about it?

Times have changed and so has the world’s political landscape, economy, communications, technology, ideologies and so forth. Do not live on past glory or tragedy, BN.

Shanandoah: Please don’t threaten Malaysians with another May 13 should BN lose the elections.

DPM Muhyiddin Yassin, your statements are dangerous. You are calling on Malays to unite. Please tell us, against whom and for what are you asking the Malays to unite?

The Malays are in four different camps, and they know what is going on in Umno Baru – stealing, robbing, raping and even murdering innocent people.

Timothy: When Muhyiddin declared, “We don’t want May 13 repeated,” what he meant was, we don’t want to have to repeat May 13. This is a subtle warning to young voters.

But after 43 years, Malaysians are much more prepared. Together we shall drown those sponsored thugs should they try. We shall protect one another as brothers and sisters as shown during the three Bersih rallies.

Yes, May 13 will not repeat because all peace-loving Malaysians will not allow it to happen.

Ksn: The DPM brought up May 13 because Umno is in panic and clueless as to what to do to hold on to power so that they can inflict more abuses on Malaysians and Malaysia.

He knows very well like other leaders do, that the people, at least the majority of the voters including the Malays, have lost confidence in them and their incompetent and corrupt leadership, and that their end is imminent, come elections.

So he tries May 13, ‘ketuanan Melayu’, etc. But he forgets our people, the Malays included, have matured beyond all those undesirable aspects of our lives that should be forgotten for Malaysia’s future and peaceful progress.

Loyal Malaysian: Spot on, DAP leader Lim Kit Siang. Let’s see if PM Najib Razak and DPM Muhyiddin are real leaders of a democratic nation, or troublemakers unwilling to face the spectre of a pending electoral defeat.

Judging by their actions so far, I believe the civil society already knows the answer.

2ctsworth: When these two uncouth and uncivilised BN leaders choke in their throats on being asked to declare an honourable transition of power should the need arise, what can we expect?

Above that, issuing a veiled threat on the possibility of a recurrence of May 13 is tantamount to encouraging a repeat performance if things don’t go their way. This goes to show the National Harmony Act is just that – an act.

Sayonara: Please uncover the truth and motive of the BN. They first accuse Pakatan Rakyat for being infiltrated by terrorists and communists, and keep reminding everyone of May 13 to spook the citizens.

This is their plot to announce a state emergency if Pakatan manages to win GE13.

The May 13 movie will be released in the run-up to GE13 and BN will no doubt employ their parasites to create havoc if Pakatan wins.

Clever Voter: Citizens are left with a dilemma where a vote for opposition is a vote for the rightful change, but a vote for BN is a vote to give in to intimidation, threat and bribe.

The more that opposition gain confidence, the more insecure the ruling parties are. With state instruments all within their control, expect to experience state propaganda, lies and even harassment.

Sadly, they may get what they want, whether with or without citizens’ approval or support. A political watershed will take place, but not after much damage to the economic and social fabrics has been done.

After all, we never had a two-party state before, and this is to be resisted at all cost.

Starr: If Muhyiddin is concerned about a recurrence of May 13 incidence in the aftermath of GE13, then it is incumbent upon him to impress his boss, Najib, together with Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim to give a public pledge to respect the outcome of the general election, regardless of who’s the victor, and not to resort to extraordinary measures to wrest control of Putrajaya.

Paul Warren: Why does anyone even bother to mention May 13? May 13 as an adjective, or a reference point to Malaysians, infers violence between two opposing races within a community. More specifically, between the Malays and the Chinese.

It’s like as if there has always, and will always be, enmity between these two races. That if the Malay ruling class does not get what it wants, it automatically means the cause of that would be the Chinese. And that the rebuttal would be an automatic violent act.

What Muhyiddin and Umno leaders do not say every time they use this May 13 reference is that any such violence would be prompted by Umno Malays.

But the fact is everyone has forgotten May 13. Or they just don’t care for it any more as the dynamics that prompted May 13 are not present any more.


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