Helen, the speeches by DAP leaders to mainly Chinese audiences during the campaign leading up to the 2008 GE were reminiscent of what took place in 1969. I attended some of these campaigns in 2008 as I did in 1969. The responses by the Chinese audiences were the same. The speeches were racist in character and the responses were racist!
In 1969, there was anger amongst the Malays; there was anger too in 2008. And the anger has been growing since then but it has been silent anger.
I couldn’t predict what happened on May 13, 1969 and we all suffered the trauma of the period. I cannot predict what will happen soon. Hopefully rational minds will prevail and things will come to pass after the 13th GE, whoever wins. But if DAP and their arrogant, abusive supporters continue the way they have been behaving of late, may God help us all!
Many Malaysians in their 20s or 30s or even 40s don’t know, don’t understand and can never appreciate the history of our nation and the never-ending efforts to maintain racial harmony. They will continue with their emotional and mad response to anything that resembles a challenge to their sensitivities (or superiority vis-a-vis the stupid, low class, no class multitude) and they will have cause to suffer. I write of those from both sides of the political divide but more so of those who appear to be inherently abusive of others.
I pray we will all be spared of any pain from out of all this!
Comment originally @ 2013/03/30 at 6:33 pm
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Lim Guan Eng’s speech begins at minute 1:55
By Helen Ang
The gathering at Han Chiang High School in Penang on 6 March 2008 (two days before the election) has been dubbed ‘the Mother of All Ceramahs’ and attended by 60,000 people, according to claims by the opposition.
Excerpts from Guan Eng’s speech
4:35 — “There cannot be such double standards. BN practices double standards … they have no more issues, they are politically bankrupt aaah (applause and cheers from the crowd). We will not allow ourselves to be distracted by personal attacks.”
6:30 onwards — Translation from Hokkien
“Is it possible for us to become first class citizens in Malaysia? For 50 years, over a period of 50 years we have been second class citizens, third class citizens, fourth class citizens, aaah. Enough is enough, true or not? So we need to tell Abdullah Badawi, to say to Ong Ka Ting, say to Koh Tsu Koon so that they will know … we want to be first class!”
“Do I have your promise that all of you here will vote for DAP?”