Getting over May 13Posted: May 14, 2008
Susan had this very interesting question on her blog where she opened the floor to comments. Basically like a forum for us to share our memories. She posed the question: Where were you on 13 May 1969?
She’s thinking of maybe compiling a book on these private stories that we shared, personal takes on what had happened during the bloodshed. Not the usual kind of “crap” that we get from the government, but real down-to-earth, personal experiences of the incident.
If you want an overall view of the May 13 incident, don’t read other stuff, just get the book from Kua Kia Soong. He’s written the book, with documents and correspondence that have never been revealed before.
I believe that getting all this out is the best way to really get over something. For a wound like this to heal, you’ve got to let it air.
And air it we shall. No more talk about “Another May 13 might happen if…”. We’ve all had enough of it.
And that is what Pakatan Rakyat is talking about too.
Pakatan Rakyat: Move beyond spectre of May 13
KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Rakyat (PR) has urged Malaysians to move beyond the spectre of May 13 1969 and called for a Truth and Reconcilliation Commission to be set up so that questions surrounding the incident could finally be put to rest.
In a statement read out by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, he said that the commission could study and then tell the people the real story behind what had happened.
He also pledged that the PR would maintain peace and hate racial violence as well as speak out against anyone who encouraged racial tensions, maintain the supremacy of all Malaysians and reject extremism, urge the authorities not to side anyone and always act fairly and also that it would support the continued use of democracy and the constitutional monarchy where the desires of the people were championed without discrimination.
“Let us march with conviction that the May 13 incident will no longer haunt us and the Malaysian political arena or be used by any irresponsible parties.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the smooth transition of power after the recent general election proved that there was no need to be afraid of May 13 anymore.
“We should be mature and move beyond that,” she said.
Full article here.
Yes. We should all mature, and move to break the shackles of May 13, 1969.