The bloody election in 1969 is a hard lesson that could, and should never be forgotten by all Malaysians. Every wise Malaysians knows that those who forget history would be punished to re-live through it again and again. However, as years passed and as our country continues to be peaceful and prosperous, the terror and trauma of the tragedy, though not forgotten, seems almost surreal.
Still, at the back of our mind, we are always aware that there is no guarantee that history would not repeat itself especially, ever since the sacking of Anwar Ibrahim. Since then, he has been threatening us with violent dramas, every now and then and at every ‘opportunity’ possible. And with every attempt, the memory of 13th May refreshes.
Reformasi, Bersih or whatever he chose to name the demonstration, his objective is clear that is to instigate turmoil, to start an unrest, to trigger a chaos. For all he knows, should he lost this General Election, bloodshed is necessary in order to realize his dream to rule the country.
The dream shouldn’t be so hard to come true with DAP, the party that was personally responsible for the 13th May tragedy, on Anwar’s side.
It all started when DAP could no longer hide their true colours of racism and chauvinism. DAP has always breathes on hatred towards the Malays and the government and the Sultans and everything that spells or smells Malay.
Prior to the 1969 election, which was held on the 10th of May, things were already heating up as in terms of racial tension. The 21-day long campaign period was fully utilized by the Oppositions (DAP, Gerakan and PPP) to promote racism, hatred, prejudice, doubts and to display their arrogance over their control of economy as compared to the far-lagging-behind-Malays.
The GE result then saw that the Alliance party’s seats were reduced drastically from 89 to 66 in the Parliament. The Oppositions had won 25 seats and PAS 12. The Oppositions took the result as a ‘win’ on their side – at least, in Kuala Lumpur. And so, on 13th May, they paraded their victory to the streets, ‘equipped’ with brooms tied to their vehicles to symbolize the ‘wiping-off’ the Malays of the city. They shouted words of hatred and boasted their economic superiority with provocative intentions.
Things soon turned bloody as they got carried away with their arrogance and went marching into a Malay-dominated area, the Kampung Baru. Obviously, the Oppositions had underestimated the usually-very-humble-and-soft Malays and did not anticipate violent retaliation from them.
In no time, Kuala Lumpur witnessed how Chinese being decapitated and Malays being stabbed to death, houses with families inside were burnt, cars wrecked and etc. In one incident the Chinese secret societies had ordered all Chinese in a cinema to come out before went in and killed all the Malays. The chaos was said to quickly spread out from Kuala Lumpur to a few other states with significant numbers of Chinese.
The city was declared to be under emergency. Security forces comprising some 2000 Royal Malay Regiment soldiers and 3600 police officers were deployed and took control of the situation. Over 300 Chinese families were moved to refugee centres at the Merdeka Stadium and Tiong Nam Settlement.
On 16 May the National Operations Council (NOC) was established by proclamation of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah, headed by Tun Abdul Razak. With Parliament suspended, the NOC became the supreme decision-making body for the next 18 months. The NOC implemented security measures to restore law and order in the country, including the establishment of an unarmed Vigilante Corps, a territorial army, and police force battalions. The restoration of order in the country was gradually achieved.
Official record shows that number of death stood at 196, injured 439, missing 39 and arrested 9143. However many believe the number of death were much higher. Some facts that may be significant to be remembered from the tragedy is the long campaign period of 21 days, and that the violent started on the 3rd day after the election.
After all that happened, up to this day, DAP has been very consistent in accusing UMNO as being racist for keep reminding the people of the tragedy. How could UMNO forgets when DAP is still as racist as they were in 1969? Isn’t it clear now that only the unwise would choose to forget?
It may be a co-incidence that this 13th GE or ‘mother of all election’, as it is called, is being held in the same month of May. But, the bombing incidents at ‘ceramahs’, explosions at party’s operation centers, the beatings and the use of vulgar words and the promotion of racial sentiments, is looking more and more like well-planned scenarios. In other words, it almost seems like an attempt to re-live the 13th May 1969 tragedy all over again.
Only a couple of days ago, we have been caught by surprised of a murder of a high ranking custom officer. It may not have anything to do with the election, but it is better to remain open to all possibilities because bombs and explosions and professional assassinations aren’t the Malaysian way. We have seen violent crimes but not this way. This type of crime is highly organized and highly funded.
And this, goes back to Anwar Ibrahim the Drama King whom his close relation with the Neo-cons isn’t a secret anymore. The Neo-cons are known to be the mastermind behind the fall of so many leaders or governments, of so many countries, since as early as the 1940s. The ultimate goal is to take control of the country’s resources, to conquer strategic locations and to rule the world. This is done through a complex chains and links of NGOs, agents, tools and puppets that are trained, or groomed, or ‘created’ or planted in the targeted countries.
Their modus operandi is strikingly similar to Anwar’s idea of fighting that is, demonizing the current government and leaders, organizing street demonstrations that would eventually lead to violence. We have seen the agents and tools at work in the Middle East in what is called the ‘Arab Spring’. The Arabs had apparently failed to handle the ‘attacks’ by the NGOs, agents and tools of the neo-cons who disguised themselves as freedom-fighters, human-rights-NGOs or Political parties. Eventually, one by one of these Arab countries went down – fast – almost like dominos.
And so, ‘Arab Spring’ has been Anwar’s dream and he has said it out loud, time and again in his interviews and statements in international media. Among others, in Financial Times on 13 Januari 2013 Anwar had said that “Malaysia Spring is on the way. PR is going to win any clean election.” On 24 February 2013, in Bangkok, Inter Press Service reported Anwar as saying “Arab Spring is particularly useful in the Muslim World”. And on 15 April 2013, to the US Business Channel, CNBC, probably already sensing his politically incorrect statements on the matter, Anwar mellowed down his dreams by saying “Trasition in democracy is done through election and so we cannot compare it to the Middle East or the ‘Arab Spring’.
With ‘Malaysia Spring’ in Anwar’s mind and DAP’s overwhelmingly unfulfilled hatred, and PAS ambiguous emotion, unjustified extremism and blind-blatant loyalty, plus the ready-unlimited funds by the Neo-cons, there is almost no doubt that another 13th May is in the making.
The Oppositions’ slogan of ‘Ini Kalilah’ or ‘This is it’, is in itself bears a much deeper meaning than just ‘the most important election’. It means, they have to take over the country, this time, and only this time, once and for all.
It may not be an exaggeration or paranoia to say that the violence that we see in the election campaigns today is just the beginning. A larger and a more serious scale of violence is expected on the day of the election itself, as exposed by many former DAP leaders who had left the party.
But if we look back at 1969, it’s the third day after the election that we should be ready for.
Could we ever be ready for it?