Gerakan stalwart backs Hadi’s May 13 stand

May 1, 2013

A Gerakan veteran emerged today to back PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, who accused Umno of masterminding the May 13 racial riots in 1969.

Hadi told a political rally in Kuala Kangsar, Perak, on Monday that the bloody racial riots 44 years ago were orchestrated by Umno to cling on to power.

“May 13 was not an ethnic phenomenon. It was a political occurrence,” former Gerakan leader Goh Cheng Teik told Malaysiakini.

“Only those who were members of Umno or associated with it were involved. PAS members had nothing to do with May 13.”

Goh, 70, who served as a deputy minister and a Penang executive councillor 25 years, had done extensive research on the riots when he was a lecturer at Universiti Malaya and published a book, ‘The May Thirteenth Incident and Democracy in Malaysia’, in 1971.

He joined politics three years later and was appointed parliamentary secretary to then prime minister Abdul Razak Hussein.

According to Goh, the riots in Kuala Lumpur started even before the counter-procession was held by Umno in response to opposition victory marches in the wake of the unprecedented gains by PAS, DAP and Gerakan in the 1969 general election.

“Members, supporters and well-wishers of a ruling party that prides itself in upholding the rule of law rioted before the start of a ‘victory’ procession in front of the official residence of the state chief minister,” he said.

A day of shame and sorrow

Goh still believes there was no need for the nationwide declaration of the State of Emergency as the violence was localised, much like the recent militant incursion into Lahad Datu in Sabah, and argued that the riots were mostly politically-driven.

NONE”That is why the disturbances were not national in character, according to (then prime minister) Tunku Abdul Rahman, but virtually confined to Kuala Lumpur.

“No serious breach of the peace or act of violence took place in any other part of Peninsular Malaysia on or after May 13.”

The declaration of Emergency paved the way for the suspension of Parliament.

Goh, who holds the distinction of being Malaysia’s first Harvard scholar, is currently an adjunct professor with Sunway University.

Asked why he was speaking out on the issue now, he said young people today should know the truth behind May 13, an issue repeatedly raised in the ongoing campaign for Sunday’s general election.

“May 13 was not a day of glory for Malaysians. It was a day of shame and sorrow,” lamented Goh.

  1. #1 by Bunch of Suckers on Thursday, 2 May 2013 - 8:05 am

    What do you expect from “United Mamak Notorious Organization” (UMNO)? They cheat so as to win over decades!

  2. #2 by lee tai king (previously dagen) on Thursday, 2 May 2013 - 8:32 am

    So umno who was that 13 yrs old child you lot killed right outside harun idris’ official residence on that dreadful day?

  3. #3 by lee tai king (previously dagen) on Thursday, 2 May 2013 - 8:34 am

    Enough of umno’s monkey business and monkey tricks.


  4. #4 by bruno on Thursday, 2 May 2013 - 9:16 am

    It has always been an open secret that Umno leaders were the masterminds of May 13.But the question is who are going to arrest them.Send in the marines?

  5. #5 by Bunch of Suckers on Thursday, 2 May 2013 - 11:37 am

    Bunch of suckers, lies over lies; cheats over cheats…

    GE13: RMAF officer lodges report over indelible ink

  6. #6 by sheriff singh on Thursday, 2 May 2013 - 11:46 am

    Many people believe it was UMNO who caused the racial riots and it had prevented full disclosure lest its role is revealed.

    Painful it might be, but the real story of May 13, 1969 must be uncovered and told so that we can all have closure and move on. And the culprits brought to book.

  7. #7 by kg on Thursday, 2 May 2013 - 11:57 am

    Ini Kali Lah!!! [Versi Johor]

  8. #8 by kg on Thursday, 2 May 2013 - 11:58 am

    Kekal Kelantan Ubah Putrajaya :-)
    (very lovely song)

  9. #9 by kg on Thursday, 2 May 2013 - 12:02 pm

    Menjelang PRU13, semakin ramai tokoh-tokoh politik BeEnd tampil membongkar rahsia gelap dan kesalahan BeEnd.Malaysia Maju Jaya Ini Kali Lah!

  10. #10 by Loh on Thursday, 2 May 2013 - 2:05 pm

    This confirms the threat by UMNO leaders at UMNO GA about a repeat of riots. They implied that they had successful experience in bringing it out.

  11. #11 by jus legitimum on Thursday, 2 May 2013 - 3:14 pm

    Tamrin Gafar and Goh Cheng Teik are ex BN men and they have revealed the real culprits behind the tragedy of 513.All right thinking people including all NGOs and especially the various chinese associations both state and national levels must openly condemn those who masterminded the ugly and heinous plot.Tamrin has pointed out one of the culprits behind this dastardly incident is none other than the devil mamak.They should now throw all their support behind LKS for he has been wrongfully and falsely accused of initiating 513 by supporters of the most hated man around, the satanic and devilish mamakutty.

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