Did Mahathir started May 13 riots?
Day by day, Dr M is revealing more and more of himself and what he did
in the past. We already know he squandered billions of ringgits, how
he betrayed his own nominated successors - anwar, razaleigh and pak
lah. Now he is beginning to show us his true racist self, and very
soon we will know the truth behind the May 13 massacre of Chinese by
the Malays and the police and the armed forces.
Dr M: We must not forget May 13
By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani
May 14, 2010
Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it, said Dr Mahathir (right). — file pic
KUALA LUMPUR, May 14 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today defended his decision to participate in a controversial May 13 rally, saying Malaysians must not forget the 1969 race riots so that the country would not allow history to repeat itself.
The country’s longest-serving prime minister, who retired in 2003, was planning to attend the rally — themed “Melayu Bangkit (Malays Arise)” — organised by Gerakan Kebangkitan Rakyat (Gertak) and government agency, Terengganu Integrity Institute. It has now been postponed following public outcry.
“I feel that if we forget our history then we will repeat this history. There is a well-known saying that those who forget the lessons of history will be punished by repeating their mistakes over and over again. That is my belief,” Dr Mahathir told a press conference at Yayasan Al-Bukhary here.
“I am not going there to stir up feelings between the different races but I am going to remind them that if we do not take care of this problem of race, then we going to repeat our mistakes. If, of course, I go then I will be called a racist,” he added.
Political leaders from both Pakatan Rakyat (PR) and Barisan Nasional (BN) have condemned the rally as racist and divisive in nature.
MCA publicity bureau deputy chairman Loh Seng Kok also criticised Dr Mahathir’s involvement, as his participation was tantamount to instigating a racist campaign.
MIC secretary-general S. Murugesan pointed out that if the rally was a historical reminder, it should not only include participants from one community.
The DAP’s Lim Kit Siang also said that the entire gathering should have been cancelled instead of just postponed, as it was an “offensive and unacceptable” idea.
Dr Mahathir reiterated that he did not believe that Malaysians should forget May 13.
“I went through this May 13 so I know the thing very deeply. I think I can help to orientate people so they don’t act in ways that can precipitate into another May 13.
“But this idea that we should forget May 13 is not a very good idea,” he said.
The rally was initially scheduled for yesterday at the Gong Badak indoor stadium and was expected to draw over 10,000 individuals from 45 Malay NGOs.
Gertak chief Razali Idris claimed that the rally was to unite the Malays by reminding them of the May 13 tragedy, and not to stir up racial sentiments.
It was, however, postponed following disapproval by the country’s leadership.