Gloriously ripped from Kinibooks (from Malaysiakini.com):
This is the first credible account of the May 13, 1969 racial riots in Malaysia, using documents recently declassified at the Public Records Office, London, after the lapse of the 30-year secrecy rule.
These documents provide the only available confidential observations and memoranda by British and other foreign embassy operatives based on their intelligence and contacts with local officials and politicians. They include dispatches by correspondents which were then banned in Malaysia.
A social scientist, Kua Kia Soong provides a fresh political analysis of this “May 13 incident”. In his view, the riots were by no means a spontaneous outburst of violence between Malays and Chinese but rather a planned coup d’etat by the ascendant state capitalist class against the Tunku-led aristocracy. He discusses the contradictions of the post-Independencec Alliance racial formula and traces the rise of this new Malay capitalist class which has ruled Malaysia since 1969.
These documents clearly show who were responsible for the violence and pose the question why the security forces allowed the violence to go on. With this publication, it is hoped that the frequently raised “spectre of May 13” by the Barisan Nasional government will be forever put to rest.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. Kua Kia Soong is a director and founding member of human rights organisation, Suaram. He was a Member of Parliament for Petaling Jaya (1990-95), a former political detainee during Operasi Lalang (1987-89) and former lecturer at the National University of Singapore (1978-79).
I read it already. It is a GOOD read. Mind you… the ONLY problem is that it READS like a thesis. Which in fact, it is. Kinda. But it does provide solid evidences for the reader to be assured of the validity of its assertions. I do not have any problems with the fact that the whole document relies heavily on the observations of the British correspondence. In fact, it would be a case of “many perspectives lending more weight to the argument”. So there. Go read it already. Have ordered 6 since! 🙂
It gives a very good background to the vague and inaccurate ‘facts’ taught to us in our secondary education. Surprisingly, this would help explain much of the current predicament that we Malaysians are facing. I won’t go into it. I hate going deep into political speculation, although it is mandatory for us to take sides, in the end.
Just read it (my second plea). Yea… creative people would read this 🙂 Wonder how many of my students are reading my blog and lurking (chickens!)… hahahahah… give a shout out in the comment box already. 🙂