Is there a need for closure on May 13, 1969?

by | Jan 8, 2023 | Opinions | 0 comments


In a recently released book, the authors have called for closure on the race riots of May 13, 1969 where many Malaysians lost their lives and have requested the authorities to finalize and ensure that the truth of this ugly incident will prevail.

This is a call by a loosely bound together group of academics, journalists and other professionals asking the authorities to examine the events of that horrific incident and appease the families and next of kin of those who perished.

But there are independent analysts who question the timing of this request and ask why it took so long before people came forward to try and find out the actual reason why the tragedy occurred which some claim has actually been covered up.

For the authorities to reexamine the issues of the May 13, 1969 race riots, it will open up old wounds, animosity and differences between the races which is something many people including the families of the victims would loathe.

This is why it is best to let sleeping dogs lie. Awakening this tragedy which many have already forgotten will evoke curiosity in the young and it is best that this ugly incident be buried with those who have already died a long time ago.

Let us learn to look forward and move on and let closure be that this episode of darkness in the history of Malaysia is forgotten and forgiveness being accepted as it is pointless at this point of time to go down the annals of history.


** The views expressed on this opinion is of the writer and not the publisher