Probe May 13 to move on, says Kit Siang

August 21, 2012 at 12:22 am Leave a comment

The authors of this blog has for the past several years called for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to probe into the May 13 incident in order for a closure and healing of this nation. If this isn’t done, unethical politicians will continue, year after year to exploit and  practice fear-mongering tactics to incite and spread fear among the public as a form of social control.

By Ida Lim
August 21, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 21 — Only a full public disclosure of the May 13, 1969 racial riots, which remain shrouded in secrecy, will help Malaysians put the past in perspective and move on as a nation, the DAP’s Lim Kit Siang says.

The opposition leader wants a full investigation of the events surrounding the 43-year-old tragedy, including allegations that he had urinated on the flagpole at the then Selangor mentri besar’s residence.

Lim (picture) has come under attack from pro-Umno bloggers who had used the alleged flagpole incident as proof that he had instigated the May 13 ethnic riots, although he has maintained that he was not even in the capital city from May 10 to 13 in 1969.

Umno veteran Datuk Mazlan Harun told The Malaysian Insider in a report published yesterday that a former deputy home minister had told him of a report on the incident.

When contacted yesterday, Lim expressed surprise over Mazlan’s statement, saying that “it’s a complete figment of imagination because I was not anywhere in Kuala Lumpur.”

The Ipoh Timur MP has repeatedly denied these allegations.

Lim pressed for a “thorough investigation” to get to the “root of the matter”, saying that it should show “whether it’s true, whether there was such a police report, who is the (former) deputy home minister.”

“Let the police report be made public so the truth can be out,” he said, although he said he remains doubtful of the report’s existence.

He said a full probe was needed so “the lie is nailed once and for all”, instead of it being “used and recycled”.

But Lim stressed that investigations into the May 13 riots should not be made with the intention to “put the blame on anyone” but to “learn” from it.

“A full investigation will be helpful if the purpose is to move forward, rather than finger-pointing, and after all it’s 43 years already.”

“The whole thing is to move forward. We should not be haunted by the past, by the spectre of May 13.”

He agreed with Mazlan that May 13 be put to rest, but said it should not be “on the basis of spreading and concoction of lies.”

“There are people who are irresponsible and who want to… tell lies about May 13 to serve a certain political agenda,” he said, adding that such actions were “most deplorable and anti-national.”

Although he did not say who the “anti-national” ones were, he later said “the Umno leadership must take a stand to disassociate themselves” from Umno cybertroopers.

He said silence by Umno would mean that it was “condoning such irresponsible behaviour.”

Lim also dismissed fears of a repeat of the riots after elections, saying: “After 43 years, things have changed; the question of May 13 is not there.”

“If Umno loses and BN (Barisan Nasional) is replaced, it will be replaced by PR (Pakatan Rakyat) representing all races and all religions. The question of May 13 should never have been brought up in this context.”

The 1969 general election saw the Umno-led coalition, then known as the Alliance, losing its two-thirds parliamentary majority and its popular vote to the opposition for the first time since the nation’s independence in 1957.

The Alliance’s shocking defeat was then followed by Malaysia’s worst ethnic riots, which some reports say caused over 2,000 deaths.

In the 2008 general election, the ruling BN coalition suffered a fate similar to the Alliance in the 1969 elections, losing its customary two-thirds majority in Parliament.

However, BN managed to retain its majority vote and stayed in power.

The May 13 riots have been repeatedly brought up by BN as a “bogeyman” to persuade voters to continue to support the coalition.

Last month, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was reported telling youths to stand united to avoid another racial clash like the 1969 riots.

His statement came ahead of the 13th general election that is expected to be the closest fight between BN and the federal opposition PR.

Selesaikan siasatan 13 Mei, kata Kit Siang

Oleh Ida Lim
August 21, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 Ogos — Hanya pendedahan awam sepenuhnya berkenaan dengan rusuhan kaum 13 Mei 1969 yang masih diselubungi kerahsiaan akan membantu rakyat Malaysia meletakkan perkara ini sebagai perspektif masa lalu dan bergerak sebagai sebuah negara, kata veteran DAP, Lim Kit Siang (gambar).

Pemimpin pembangkang itu mahu siasatan penuh berkenaan dengan tragedi berusia 42 tahun itu, termasuk dakwaan bahawa dia telah membuang air kecil pada tiang bendera kediaman Menteri Besar (MB) Selangor pada waktu itu.

– Gambar fail

Lim telah diserang oleh penulis blog pro-Umno yang menggunakan insiden tiang bendera yang didakwa sebagai bukti bahawa beliau telah mencetuskan rusuhan kaum 13 Mei, walaupun telah berkali-kali menegaskan beliau tidak berada di ibu kota dari 10 hingga 13 Mei pada tahun 1969.Veteran Umno, Datuk Mazlan Harun yang juga anak kepada bekas MB Selangor pada ketika kejadian 13 Mei memberitahu The Malaysian Insider dalam laporan yang disiarkan semalam bahawa seorang bekas timbalan menteri telah memberitahunya mengenai laporan tentang kejadian itu.

Ketika dihubungi semalam, Lim terkejut dengan kenyataan Mazlan dan berkata,  “ia adalah khayalan imaginasi kerana saya tidak berada di mana-mana kawasan di Kuala Lumpur.”

Lim mendesak agar dilakukan “siasatan menyeluruh” untuk mendapatkan “akar kepada insiden itu”, dan berkata bahawa ia harus menunjukkan “sama ada ia benar, sama ada terdapat apa-apa laporan polis dan siapakah bekas timbalan menteri dalam negeri itu.”

“Biarlah laporan polis dibuat kepada umum supaya kebenaran boleh keluar,” katanya, walaupun dia masih ragu tentang kewujudan apa –apa laporan.

Beliau turut mengatakan bahawa siasatan penuh diperlukan supaya “kebohongan ini dipadamkan selama-lamanya”, bukannya i”digunakan dan dikitar semula”.

Akan tetapi Lim menekankan siasatan penuh tentang 13 Mei perlu dilakukan tanpa berniat untuk menyalahkan sesiapa akan tetapi dilakukan supaya semua orang boleh belajar dari insiden tersebut.

“Satu siasatan penuh akan membantu jika tujuannya adalah untuk bergerak ke hadapan, bukannya untuk menyalahkan sesiapa, dan insiden ini sudah 43 tahun berlalu.”

“Segala-galanya adalah untuk bergerak ke hadapan. Kita tidak harus dihantui oleh masa lalu, dengan hantu 13 Mei.”

Beliau bersetuju dengan Mazlan bahawa cerita tentang 13 Mei tidak seharusnya diungkit, akan tetapi beliau berkata ia tidak seharusnya “atas dasar menyebarkan ramuan pembohongan.”

“Terdapat orang-orang yang tidak bertanggungjawab dan yang ingin … memberitahu cerita bohong mengenai 13 Mei oleh kerana agenda politik tertentu,” katanya, sambil menambah bahawa tindakan itu adalah “paling dikesali dan anti-nasional.”

Walaupun beliau tidak mengatakan siapa yang “anti-nasional,” beliau kemudian berkata “kepimpinan Umno mesti mengambil pendirian untuk memisahkan diri” daripada pejuang siber Umno.

Sikap berdiam diri oleh Umno akan menunjukkan bahawa Umno “membiarkan tingkah laku yang tidak bertanggungjawab itu,” katanya.

Lim juga menolak kebimbangan rusuhan berulang selepas pilihan raya dan berkata: “Selepas 43 tahun, banyak yang telah berubah, persoalan 13 Mei sudah tiada”

“Jika Umno hilang kuasa dan BN (Barisan Nasional) diganti, ia akan digantikan oleh PR (Pakatan Rakyat) yang mewakili semua kaum dan agama. Persoalan 13 Mei tidak seharusnya telah dibawa dalam konteks ini.”

Pilihanraya umum 1969 telah menyaksikan Umno dan gabungan Parti Perikatan, hilang penguasaan majoriti dua pertiga di Parlimen dan undi majoriti buat pertama kali selepas Merdeka.

Kekalahan Parti Perikatan yang memeranjatkan itu kemudian telah diikuti dengan rusuhan etnik yang paling teruk di Malaysia, yang dikatakan telah menyebabkan lebih dari 2,000 kematian.

Pada pilihan raya 2008 lalu, BN (dijenamakan semula dari Perikatan) menerima nasib sama seperti Perikatan pada pilihan raya 1969 apabila hilang penguasaan majoriti dua pertiga di parlimen.

Walaubagaimanapun, BN masih menang undi popular dan mengekalkan kuasa.

Rusuhan kaum 13 Mei seringkali dijadikan ‘momok’ kepada pengundi agar terus mengekalkan BN.

Bulan lalu, timbalan perdana menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin dilaporkan berkata anak muda Malaysia harus bersatu bagi menggelakkan kejadian rusuhan kaum 13 Mei dari berulang.

Kenyataan beliau sempena pilihan raya umum 13 datang yang bakal menyaksikan pertembungan hebat diantara BN dan PR.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Bury the Ghost of May 13, 1969? With UMNO- I don’t think so !

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“Pride is an established conviction of 
one’s own paramount worth in some particular respect, 
while vanity is the desire of rousing such a conviction in others, 
and it is generally accompanied by the secret hope of ultimately 
coming to the same conviction oneself.”
~Arthur Schopenhauer
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May 13, 1969 – it was either too far back in my memory or there was nothing significant happening in Port Dickson back then for me to remember anything (most likely the latter).

It is an event repeatedly resurrected by our UMNO/BN hoods to scare the people into submission to “gods” which walk the corridors of power, and consequently handing them power on a silver platter.
Yes- there was no other purpose for the dastardly events of May 13, (which incidentally UMNO holds as their crowning glory) other that FEAR.
While the people are willing to stop looking under their beds for ghosts which may lurk there- UMNO would not relent … and so, they resurrect it again and again. They want it- they need it.
Now that all PERKASA’s sabre-rattling isn’t working (and the people have pretty much gotten over it), they have to do something to imprint in deeper into their psyche- so this time they engage the pathetic FINAS to come up which something on the silver screen to serve their purpose.
Just like any other political game- they will play their “Good cop, Bad cop” game; and that’s where Mazlan- son of the famed Father (Dato’ Harun- apparently a “central figure” in the event) comes into the picture.
“Umno veteran Datuk Mazlan Harun wants the public 

to lay to rest the ghost of a 1969 racial bloodbath 

— that could threaten the country’s unity 
in the run-up to national polls due next year.
The son of the then Selangor mentri besar,
 opened up to The Malaysian Insider in an exclusive interview last week 
over reports of an incident at his father’s home ……”
I don’t know Dato’ Harun personally, although I did treat him once during his illness in his winter years- and he seemed like a pretty cool guy. I’m serious. However, “reading between the lines” and listening to the “unofficial versions” of May 13, gives a different picture of him- and UMNO.
So, despite all UMNO’s propaganda that May 13 was a “racial” thingie, I’m inclined to believe that it was just the “politics of the capitalist sociopaths”. (Whatever mask, beard, robe or skullcap they wear- most ruthless politicians are “capitalist sociopaths” anyway).
Through and through, it was purely about power and money- whitewashed with “affirmative action” of racial privileges/supremacy, which ultimately manifested itself through 40yrs of the brain-numbing, racially divisive, apartheid policies of the NEP (New Economic Piracy). All these policies of course, came into full bloom in the era of the other central figure of May 13- none other than our beloved Proton Car Toon, Mr. Madey.
Be that as it may- not only are Malaysians willing to put it behind them and move forward, I believe that Malaysians are also willing to forgive the perpetrators of that massacre, for the sake of the future generations. So, just as Mazlan says, we all want to bury May 13 as well.

However, I also believe that it cannot be buried in a shallow grave of lies and propaganda.
Not now, not ever.

The only way to “bury” May 13, 1969- is to declassify all documents, and have a truth & reconciliation commission. If the brutal Apartheid regime of South Africa can do for their decades of abuse- so can UMNO, for one incident.
There is no need to punish those (alive or dead) who were responsible & are willing to admit their faults- for the truth is of greater value for the nation.

Sweeping it under the carpet thru spin, silence or gag orders will only let it fester in the hearts and  minds of the young ones thru stories, lies, myths and speculation- which is what UMNO wants, so that it can hold the nation at ransom (aka blackmail).

Anyways- even if UMNO insists on playing the same old tired game of fear, I’m pretty much convinced that they wouldn’t want it to happen themselves (after all, it is they who stand to lose the most with the collapse of the economy).

Moreover- I seriously doubt that my Malay brothers buy their hogwash and believe that it is the non-Malays who have (or will rob them of their money/dignity).

They too know who’s playing the wayang/silat…..

NOTE:
Although it was Gerakan which had officially apologized for the conduct of their party members (Al-Mukmin, Hatta (2005). “Keranamu UMNO”, p. 104. Abadi Publishing House) during the party rally, it is not known why UMNO buries this fact- and pins the blame squarely on DAP.
Here is an entry from Wikipedia:-

Incidents of violence continued to occur in the weeks after 13 May, with the targets now being not only Malay or Chinese but also Indian. It is argued that this showed that “the struggle has become more clearly than ever the Malay extremists’ fight for total hegemony.”[8]
According to police figures, 196 people died[9] and 149 were wounded. 753 cases of arson were logged and 211 vehicles were destroyed or severely damaged. Various other casualty figures have been given, with one thesis from a UC Berkeley academic, as well as Time, putting the total dead at ten times the government figure.[8][10]

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