The real circumstances surrounding the worst racial riot in the history of Malaysia have so far not been made available to the Malaysian public. The official version is fraught with contradictions and inadequacies to which few pay credence ...writes Dr. Kua Kia Soong in his new book May 13 - Declassified Documents on the Malaysian Riots of 1969.
I missed the launch yesterday but I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.
The book is said to be:
... the first credible account of the May 13, 1969 racial riots in Malaysia based on documents recently declassified at the Public Records Office in London.May 13 is the great untalked-about in Malaysia, but its ghost still lingers everywhere - the great spectre being "Could this ever here happen again?".
Jeff Ooi was among the bloggers who went to the event and there is plenty of comment about it on the Malaysiakini site for those of you who subscribe.
Abu nearly got himself killed during the riots. He was a volunteer distributing rice in Kampong Baru, but some Malay chaps thought he looked Chinese ...