Kit Siang: Form an Inquiry for May 13th Tragedy Post-Mortem


SHAH ALAM 27th AUGUST: The Cabinet should form a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to look into the 1969 May 13th tragedy immediately, as firmly suggested by the DAP Parliament Leader, Lim Kit Siang.

He further asserted that the purpose for the RCI is not to punish the guilty, but instead to help the country move forwards and shatter the seemingly endless racial wall in the nation.

“I am urging for a RCI to be formed to look into the May 13th 1969 race riots. We must determine the facts of the causes that sparked the incident, to reevaluate racial polarisation, and to take measures in ensuring that it will never repeat itself again.”

“The Inquiry should also contemplate banishing the ‘ghosts’ of May 13th for good from continuously being exploited in every General Election (GE) since 1969 that have been intimidating the voters from freely exercising their constitutional rights,” he said in a media statement.

Lim, who is also the Member of Parliament for Gelang Patah, also urges the film director of Tanda Putera, Shuhaimi Baba, to list down every fictional and baseless May 13th scene that was featured in the film to avoid confusing or provoking the people.

“Since she herself admitted that the film she directed was a work of fiction around the racial riot, Ms. Baba should consider my advice seriously.”

“As she is very proud of her success as the early pioneer of horror films, she should also add Tanda Putera into the ‘horror’ genre like the titles she previously had churned out.”

“Ms. Baba should realise her responsibilities towards her country, particularly the current and future generations, and ensure that goodwill among the people, peace and harmony in our society remain unharmed,” he concluded.

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