The Memali incident happened on 19 Nov 1985 (Tuesday).
The NST front page story (below) titled ‘Black day in Baling‘ was datelined Nov 20-Wed and published in the paper’s Nov 21-Thurs edition.
Musa Hitam was then the Home Minister. The Minister of Home Affairs is responsible for the actions of the police.
Musa was acting PM
Musa was also the acting Prime Minister in Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s absence, the aforementioned NST cover story reported (below).
See also another NST article datelined 20 Nov 1985 – one day after the storming of Ibrahim Libya’s commune – which said the “acting Prime Minister Datuk Musa Hitam” had issued a stern warning to those who challenged the law.
Credit to blogger Din Turtle for pointing this out.
Dr M flew to Beijing
Dr Mahathir had arrived in Beijing in the early afternoon of Nov 20 (Wed) for a nine-day official visit to China.
His visit which covered Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhaou, Xian and Guangzhou spanned Nov 20-28 — see briefing below (click 2x to enlarge)
On Thursday (Nov 21), Dr M had a three-hour talk with Chinese premier Zhao Ziyang at the Great Hall of the People and on Friday (Nov 22) he met up Deng Xiaopeng.
China trip was major planning
Blogger Hantu Laut was part of that Malaysian delegation to Bejing whose chartered flight MH400 departed Subang International Airport at 7.30 am on Nov 20.
According to Hantu Laut, YTL’s Yeoh Tiong Lay and his son Francis were both on board the flight, as was Syed Mokhtar Albukhary and Berjaya’s Vincent Tan who was not yet a Datuk at the material time.
For the names of the over 130 delegates, please refer to the passenger manifest scanned by Hantu Laut.
Another individual who recalled the China trip is Utusan‘s Zainuddin Maidin who was among the working editors accompanying the Malaysian trade delegation.
Zamkata that on the morning of the flight departure they were still unaware of what had happened in Baling, Kedah and only heard the news from Dr M’s special officer.
DAP man Aspan Alias recalls Musa Hitam informing him that he (Musa) had gone to Subang airport to persuade Dr M to cancel going to China but to no avail.
Haters so full of hate
The Malaysiakini headline ‘Memali? I can’t remember, says Mahathir‘ (above) was obviously crafted to provoke.
When recently quizzed by reporters to respond to Musa’s allegation that he was in Kuala Lumpur during 1985 Memali incident, Dr Mahathir said he needed to look into his records and check if Musa’s claim was true. Which is a perfectly reasonable reply.
Yet Dr M’s measured response got a whole lot of haters hating on him — see below. When these Malaysiakini subscribers get to be 90 years old, I’d like to see how good their memory is.
Such charitably Christian comments
The half dozen Malaysiakini subscriber comments below are all screenshot from ‘Memali? I can’t remember, says Mahathir’ (29 March 2014).
Their remarks are really so Christian-like because they predictably label the hate target as “the devil”, “evil”, “despicable”, “meet your maker”, “god will punish you” and “roast in hell”.
These are the kind of people in the very same forum who love to talk about Peace, Forgiveness and Building Bridges.