Will history repeat itself in Malaysia?
Between 11 May 1969 and 13 May 1969 (for half a day anyway), victorious opposition supporters in KL and PJ (mainly DAP, Gerakan, and to a small extent PPP) cheered their astounding election victory, but sadly also jeered insultingly at Perikatan people.
Dr Lim Chong Eu and Professor Syed Hussein Alatas with supporters after Gerakan’s 1969 election victory
Perikatan was the coalition of Tunku Abdul Rahman, which was supplanted by Tun Razak's Barisan Nasional in 1973.
Perikatan - Alliance
What followed was Malaysia's most tragic day, May 13.
Today we see once again the same display of emotions by Pakatan Harapan's supporters, though ironically PH is headed by a man who had in his previous prime ministerial tenure mutilated hallowed institutions like parliament, senate, judiciary and the civil service.
He was also an anti-Tunku Abdul Rahman person who criticised Malaysia's 1st PM for his alleged pampering of Chinese and for giving them citizenship.
Malaysiakini - Tunku gave out ICs in broad daylight, Kit Siang tells Dr M
DAP has slammed former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s defence that his predecessor Tunku Abdul Rahman had also given out citizenship to foreigners, as that had been done in broad daylight while the alleged Project IC was covert.
“Tunku never gave out citizenship to subvert the electoral process but to ensure that in the run-up to Merdeka in 1957, non-Malays who resided in Malaya had a right to citizenship, which was agreed to by all including the Conference of Rulers - all done in an open and transparent manner.
“Did Mahathir conduct the Project IC or Project M in an open and transparent process, after getting the mandate from his cabinet, the Conference of Rulers and the Malaysian people, particularly the Sabahans?” asked party supremo Lim Kit Siang
George Santayana taught us that "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it".