“In 1969, racial riots erupted, something which had been predicted by foreign observers,” said Dr Mahathir Mohamad in his speech at the Umno general assembly on 11 May 2000.
14 May 1969:
“Tunku Abdul Rahman sobbed as he went on nationwide television to plead with rioters to end fighting. His voice breaking even as he spoke, the Tunku pleaded for the nation to obey military and police orders ‘for the love of the country and the love of one another and the racial harmony enjoyed in the past’.
“Deputy Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak was placed in charge of the situation and he repeatedly broadcast regular warnings to stay calm and observe the curfews, at the risk of being shot.” — Sydney Morning Herald (Source: Chronicle of Malaysia, Google Books)
For the full text of the Tunku’s televised speech, see ‘13 Mei: Ucapan Tunku menerusi RTM‘
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Razak: “matters must no longer be swept under the carpet”
In his preface to the National Operations Council (NOC) White Paper on May 13, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein said:
“It was only the firm and prompt action of the Government, together with the loyal support of the Armed Forces and the Police, which quickly brought the situation under control. Had it not been for the immediate preventive measures, there is no doubt that the whole country would have been plunged into a holocaust.”
Razak: Some of the opposition lost all sense of proportion
Acknowledging that “friction had always existed at the edges of the various communities”, Tun Razak said Malaysians “continued to live in the hope that the heat generated would not reach an explosive level”.
Reviewing the flow of events, Tun Razak observed:
“The Opposition parties were returned with a few additional seats. This unexpected success on their part unfortunately made some of them lose all sense of proportion, and their members and supporters went on a rampage of insults and obscenities. What started as political activity was allowed to deteriorate into race-baiting.” (Source: NOC White Paper)
The general election was held on 10 May 1969.
A day before polling, the Chinese opposition held a mammoth procession for Lim Soon Seng’s funeral — photo above.
Lim was a young Labour Party election worker who had been shot dead by police a few days earlier on May 4th. His death was a cause celebre; the deceased youth was the Teoh Beng Hock of his time.
The marchers who wound through the heart of Kuala Lumpur carried placards that said “Blood debt will be repaid with blood” — photo below.
They also shouted “Malai si!”
Victory parades on eve of May 13
On 11-12 May 1969, the DAP and Gerakan “held noisy, racially provocative and intimidating” victory parades which splintered into smaller processions without police permits, according to the NOC (Mageran) report.
The DAP was registered in 1966. The general election of May 1969 was the first time that the party took part in the electoral process. And what a fiery debut.
Among the opposition leaders in the parades were DAP sec-gen Goh Hock Guan, Gerakan’s Dr Tan Chee Khoon and V. David. However, as mentioned by Tun Razak who was NOC director, their party members and supporters “went on a rampage of insults and obscenities” — see 3rd photo below.
If you look at the archival images of the days preceding May 13, you will recognize the aggressive behaviour of the opposition supporters who took to the streets. Their aggression is reminiscent of the Dapsters in our midst.
History of Chinese and Malays killings
Today, the DAP evangelista idealogues would have you believe that before Dr Mahathir’s tenure as Prime Minister, race relations in our country were warm and fuzzy.
The facts speak otherwise. Malays and Chinese have always been distrustful of one another in the main and in periodic cycles, they murdered each other.
During the post-World War Two interregnum, i.e. the weeks following the Japanese surrender and before the British return, rivers literally ran red where the corpses floated.
- 1945/6: Batu Pahat, Johor
massive killings in Parit Gumong, Parit Kecil and Parit Kali (link here)
Ref. Kiyai Salleh and Tentera Selempang Merah
- Nov 1945: Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan
40 Chinese dead (link here)
- Dec 1945: Teluk Anson, Perak
4 Malays killed, 14 injured (link here)
- Feb 1946: Batu Malim, Raub, Pahang
30 Chinese killed, 16 injured (link here)
— newspaper cutting below
- Mac 1946: Bekor, Kuala Kangsar, Perak
56 Malays dead (link here)
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The above list is incomplete because there are too many episodes to record
More Sino-Malay clashes in the 1950s and 1960s
- Jan 1957: Georgetown, Penang
Also known as the ‘Chingay riots’, 12 injured
- May 1959: Pangkor, Perak
One killed, 10 injured
- July 1964: Bukit Mertajam, Penang
Two killed, 13 injured, curfew imposed
— newspaper cutting below
- Nov 1967: Nibong Tebal, Penang
Also known as the ‘Hartal riots’, 4 dead, curfew imposed
- 13 May 1969: Kuala Lumpur
History will repeat itself
Tunku warned that racial clashes could recur.
Tun Razak warned that racial clashes could recur.
Dr Mahathir also has warned that racial clashes could recur.
Tun Daim cautioned that if the Chinese are still unable to understand Malay-Muslim sensitivities, “they will be sorely mistaken when push comes to shove”.
Only Jerusubang evangelistas drunk on Holy Water are still hell-bent on brainwashing the sheeple.
There were two major Sino-Malay riots in Singapore before the separation between Malaysia and the island republic in 1965.
The catalyst for the violence was the Chinese taunts and insults. These Dapster first cousins are most capable of taunting and insulting non-Chinese into a murderous rage.
21 July 1964:
“Rioting broke out on the eve of the planned massive celebrations for Prophet Muhammad’s birthday when a protest demonstration by Malays escalated from a verbal war of taunts and insults with Chinese bystanders. The ensuing violence which continued for five days, left 22 people dead and 454 injured.”
2 Sept 1964:
“Racial tensions exploded once again when a Malay trishaw rider was stabbed to death at night. Rioting erupted again and continued for another five days with 12 people killed, 109 injured and over 1,200 people arrested for rioting and curfew-breaking.” (Source: Singapore Infopedia)
Averting blue murder
Lee Kuan Yew’s “Malaysian Malaysia” thrust was destabilizing the country. The Singapore Chief Minister made the Tunku’s blood boil (figuratively) and aggravated the physical pain in Tunku’s neck (literally).
“If we had not separated there would have been blue murder,” said Tunku Abdul Rahman explaining why he had to expel Singapore from the federation — Straits Times, 4 July 1969. (Source: Digital Library)
Tunku went on record as follows:
“When facing this dilemma, I found that only two choices lay before me. One, take positive action against Mr Lee Kuan Yew; and, two, break with Singapore and save the nation from a bloodbath. So I chose the second course. ‘ (Source: Leon Comber, Google Books)
Great divide between Malays and Chinese
The British government embarked on a conscious policy of decolonization in the aftermath of the Second World War. The breaking up of the British empire was accompanied by much bloodshed.
Partition of the Indian subcontinent into India and Pakistan left at least a million people dead through communal violence.
Ten years after Uganda gained independence from Britain in 1962, the dictator Idi Amin expelled Ugandans of Indian and Pakistani descent on the charge of “sabotaging the economy”; Ugandans of south Asian ethnicity were alleged to control 90 percent of Uganda’s commerce and trade.
In Zimbabwe (formerly British Rhodesia), the dictator Robert Mugabe introduced laws in 2000 that gave his government power to seize land without paying compensation. In this way, the black government “took over thousands of white-owned commercial farms after backing often violent land invasions” — see ‘Zimbabwe crisis’ by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Like it or not, the minorities are not indigenous to this land and many were transient workers.
Do you see any Chinese in the Merdeka photo above?
Continued and endless provocation
The MH370 episode has thrown into sharp relief how we cannot get away from the antagonistic race politics. In fact, ethnicity is so steeped in our lives that the Federal Constitution of Malaya went to the trouble of defining a ‘Malay’ in Article 160.
The constitution was printed two months before the Merdeka declaration, and in conjunction The Times penned an editorial on 2 July 1957.
The Times (of London) editorial said:
“… one need only look at the Constitution [of Malaya] and the latest amendments incorporated to be reminded how great is the divide between the Malays and the Chinese.”
This race divide remains just as great, if not greater, currently.
“When Malaysia achieved independence in 1957, many predicted that the country would never be stable,” said Dr Mahathir (The Way Forward, 1998).
The DAP evangelistas are emptying reservoirs of saliva to sugarcoat words like “national unity”, and phrases like “colour blind”. They possess little capacity to realise how much their hypocrisy irritates the non-Chinese and non-Christian majority of the population.
Successful multiracial societies manage their ethnic conflicts. They don’t bullshit their race relations through pretty but ultimately empty speechifying.
Not by speeches and majority resolutions are the great questions of the day decided — that was the mistake of 1848 and 1849 — but by blood and iron.— Otto von Bismarck