“Datuk Hisham has unsheathed his keris, waved his keris, kissed his keris. We want to ask Datuk Hisham: when is he going to use it?”
I read the Malaysiakini report of Ahmad Mustapha Hassan’s recollection of what he witnessed on May 13 1969 outside the Selangor MB’s residence in KL.
Author Mustapha said: "Suddenly I saw this parang coming out from the bamboo fence at (then Selangor Menteri Besar) Harun Idris’ house, the (Chinese) boy was killed and thrown into the drain ...”
“That really traumatised me. My God! It happened right in front of me.”
Mustapha said the Chinese boy, who was working at a coffee shop near Harun’s residence, was going around delivering drinks to people, mainly Umno Youth members, who had gathered at the house for a planned rally that day. Little was he to realise he was just about to die at the hands of probably one of those he was serving coffee to.
Mustapha said: “He was just a youngster, a teenager. For no reason, he was killed.”
No, Mustapha, there was a reason - it’s called racial hatred, sparked by provocations and instigations by politicians. As the saying goes, when old men err, young men die.
Just 3 months ago, based on a Malaysiakini news report I blogged Ku Li warned of May 13 again, where I quoted Jonathan Glover, the Director of the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics at King’s College London, on what he wrote in his book titled ‘Humanity – a Moral History of the 20th Century’ - (ISBN 0-224-05240-3 published by Jonathan Cape, London).
I mentioned that the synopsis on the book’s jacket says “It is about the psychology which made possible Hiroshima, the Nazi genocide, the Gulag, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and many other atrocities …..... also examines tribalism: how people in Rwanda and in the former Yugoslavia, people who once lived together became trapped into mutual fear and hatred … .”
On the Rwanda tragedy, his concluding sentence was: “The human responses were overwhelmed in the killers by tribal hatred, but this emotion was itself a product of conscious political manipulation.”'... a product of conscious political manipulation ...' well!
Then, for the Yugoslav internal conflict, Glover again said: “Tribal conflict rarely just ‘break out’. Hostility is enflamed by the nationalist rhetoric of politicians. Other groups then feel threatened and react with their own defensive nationalism. People are pushed into the trap by politicians. Then, in psychologically deeper ways, the rival groups become mutually trapped by their responses to each other. This is how Yugoslavia fell apart.”
But back to Mustapha's recollection - personally I don’t see the need for such graphic recollection. We know that there were more people killed than the 196 officially reported. We know that there were weapons cached in the MB’s residence. We know the reason behind the tragedy.
... but ...
It’s already nearly 40 years since that terrible date. What value is there in recalling such a graphic, terrible and cruel picture.
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