Awang Selamat said yesterday in Utusan’s Sunday edition:
“Dalam insiden Plaza Low Yat, ia membawa risiko berlakunya satu rusuhan kaum besar. Bayangkan nasib rakyat terutama yang tidak berdosa jika negara ini ditimpa rusuhan kaum sebagaimana 13 Mei 1969. Kemungkinan ia terjadi tidak boleh ditolak selepas insiden Plaza Low Yat.” – see ‘Iktibar, sejarah…‘ (Mingguan Malaysia, 19 July 2015)
Awang Selamat, the Utusan collective editorial voice, warned that it is easy for history to repeat itself if we do not pay heed to the Low Yat lesson taught, especially at a time when race relations remain fragile, and furthermore aggravated by the keenness of a certain “extreme political party” to denigrate Race and Religion.
“Jika tiada langkah drastik,” Utusan reminded the paper’s readers, “Plaza Low Yat akan kekal sebagai bom jangka menanti ledakan”.
M’sia – time bomb waiting to explode from race hatred
Lim Kit Siang took the Utusan theme another step, saying,
“Utusan Malaysia today said Low Yat Plaza is a ticking ‘time bomb’ waiting to explode.
“I say it is not just Low Yat Plaza but the whole of Malaysia is a time bomb waiting to explode if race hatred, religious tolerance, breakdown of rule of law and the collapse of good governance are not resolved urgently.”
Kit Siang also called for a Royal Commission of Truth and Reconciliation on the Low Yat race riots, its members to comprise of Ambiga Sreenivasan (pix below), Bishop Paul Tan, A. Samad Said and other public figures.
Examples of how and why anti-Chinese sentiments are stoked
The party purportedly representing the Chinese in the BN is a walking dead (parti bangkai) entity.
MCA plans to host a Hari Raya open house in Low Yat Plaza. Low Yat is located in the Bukit Bintang area which has 73.1 percent Chinese voters. Below are the election results for the Bukit Bintang Parliament seat through the years:
- 1974 – DAP
- 1978 – DAP
- 1982 – DAP
- 1986 – DAP
- 1990 – DAP
- 1995 – DAP
- 1999 – DAP
- 2004 – DAP
- 2008 – DAP
- 2013 – DAP
* In 1974, the Bukit Bintang seat was called KL Bandar
** Two former DAP Bukit Bintang MPs – Lee Lam Thye and Wee Choo Keong – quit the party on bad terms and both are BN-friendly today
MCA’s unwise idea to host Low Yat Raya open house
Bukit Bintang is a DAP ward and fortress. MCA does not have a presence on the ground here in the DAP territory.
As such, MCA should not kacau daun in Bukit Bintang by hosting a Hari Raya open house at Low Yat Plaza, particularly when the situation is still tense. Should any trouble erupt, MCA would not be able to control the outbreak of violence.
There’s another reason why an open house at Low Yat is not a good idea – see Mama Dapster Hannah Yeoh’s pettiness over the BN Raya open houses in general.
Note Hannah Yeoh’s frowning emoticon above. It is a smiley that’s red with anger over the idea of BN open houses.
Love begets love, viciousness begets violence
Bukit Bintang voters have shown over the last 42 years that they’re staunchly in support of the DAP and thoroughly reject the MCA.
The BN Hari Raya open house will attract the type of crowd that wants to enjoy free food. But what useful purpose will a makan function in Low Yat serve at this hour?
Not only that, there’s every possibility that such an event is like waving a red flag at the bull and inviting gatecrashers.
‘We were treated like animals, says Low Yat victim‘ goes a sensational headline in The J-Star coverage of the riot.
The Star Online has withdrawn the above provocative headline and changed it to something less controversial. However, the paper’s tweet above as well as its syndication, i.e. story-sharing with foreign newspapers, still reflect its earlier headline quoting the motorist as saying that he and his passengers were “treated like animals”.
It’s true that the Chinese reporters and media photographers as well as the three Chinese youths in the car and other random Chinese passersby were greeted with violence by the Malay mob.
It’s payback actually … buku bertemu ruas
All the fingers of blame have been pointed by the English-language media at the Malays. These pro-Christian newsmen dominating the English media have forgotten the Golden Rule that what goes around comes around. You give love, you get love in return … love begets love.
You give hate and you’ll get back hate … hate begets hate. When you get violence in repayment, then what was it in the first place you did that begot the violence?
The Malay media have a different perspective on the Low Yat case compared with the English media.
Utusan senior editor Ku Seman Ku Hussain wrote in his Sunday Anecdote column yesterday, “Jadi, jangan pantas ‘menyapu di bawah karpet’ sebab-sebab berlakunya rusuhan dan membuat kesimpulan mudah untuk menunjukkan semuanya baik”.
Ku Seman is sceptical that it was merely a straightforward matter of handphone theft sparking the riot. Would a riot have occurred if it had been a Malay shop and the thief a Malay? Or if it was Chinese who stole the handphone from a Chinese shop?
The Utusan editor said that considering “beratus-ratus orang yang menyerbu ke plaza berkenaan”, it’s too simplistic to conclude that such a big group of men would have turned up to side with an unemployed youth accused of being a thief. It’s more realistically a symptom that the Malay grassroots are feeling very disquieted.
“Maknanya mungkin ada sebab lain dan bukan semata-mata kes mencuri telefon,” added Ku Seman.
Mob violence has been the visible outcome at Low Yat. So what had nurtured and fed into this violence? (Remember, love begets love, hate begets hate and viciousness begets violence.)
The sneaky evangelistas have been bullying the rest of the population for far too long. And they’ve been most vicious going about it.
A Malay youth may have been charged in court but the deep-seated issues underlying Low Yat are far from settled. On the contrary, the swift and stern action taken by the authorities against the young man seems to be agitating the Malay ground that’s apparently rumbling again.