Early this year I blogged on The Real Cause of the May 13 Riots. I boast not, but my account (that of a layperson) is probably as correct as one can get.
Today is the 37th anniversary of that tragedy when we lost our innocence. Yet I have almost forgotten about it, which may in itself be a good thing because it’s time to move on and not dwell anymore on an event that demonstrated Malaysia wasn’t quite ready for true democracy or free speech.
In racial riots the innocents would be the ones to suffer the consequences while the plotters and movers behind the scene would eventually reap the benefits of others’ spilled blood.
Today we still aren’t ready for true democracy or free speech, except a bit of curi-ing ('stealing' opportunities for free speech) through the Net under anonymity of blogging, though the situation for another May 13th is less likely as the UMNO-dominated government is completely in control. But if the status quo is perceived by them to be changing, god knows how they would take it.
But as long as we common people exercise goodwill and follow our moral values, whether through our religious beliefs or true perception of the evils of hatred, we will lessen the potential for devious politicians to manipulate us.
Good night & sleep tight, and may your tomorrow be bright and cheery!
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