Tuesday, September 30, 2008

No MAY 13, No "Ketuanan Melayu"

Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2004 16:41:20 +0800
From: "Antares"

Those in power will do ANYTHING it takes to remain in power. This is a basic Machiavellian truism. Exceptions to the rule occur, of course, but all too rarely. It takes a Prince Siddhartha to turn one's back on the false and treacherous allure of earthly power and embark on a personal quest for truth and enlightenment.

Or perhaps a prince like Tunku Abdul Rahman who resigned a sad and broken man after May 13 rather than battle those within Umno who wanted him out.

Shortly before his death, the Tunku confided - in a series of intimate interviews with K. Das, former bureau chief of the Far Eastern Economic Review, who was working on the Tunku's official biography - that what happened on May 13, 1969, was really the implementation of a contingency plan to prevent the political opposition (in this instance the DAP and PAS) from forming a parliamentary majority after the 1969 general election. The Tengku actually named FIVE individuals who were the key conspirators.*

Strategies had been laid long before the general election to spark off "racial riots" - in the event of a poor showing for the ruling party in the polls - that would precipitate the declaration of a state of national emergency (temporary martial law and the hasty formation of the National Operations Council) - and the nullification of the 1969 election results. The loss of a few hundred lives was deemed a necessary sacrifice to ensure Umno's continued dominance and the political survival of the Alliance (now the Barisan Nasional).

The plan obviously worked. By declaring it a "sensitive" issue, the May 13 plot effectively acquired the status of a national taboo, thereby protecting its perpetrators from a royal commission of inquiry and charges of criminal treason. 35 years down the line, not one of the five key conspirators has ever been exposed and charged with complicity in this deadly and repugnant sandiwara.

This sort of strategem is actually standard practice - and since "winners" rewrite history as they please - it often takes ages before such skeletons are excavated from the dusty remains of political cupboards, centuries later.

Take the infamous Gulf of Tonkin "incident" which led directly to America's invasion of Vietnam... or the JFK assassination of November 22, 1963: the whole thing is still shrouded in mystery and much discussed amongst "conspiracy theorists." Despite the Freedom of Information Act in America, and a slew of well-researched books on the subject, the general public still unthinkingly accepts that JFK's assassin was Lee Harvey Oswald. Same thing with RFK (Robert F. Kennedy) and MLK (Martin Luther King).

Then there was the story (planted by PR firm Hill & Knowlton) about Saddam Hussein's troops snatching infants from their incubators in Kuwait, which swung public opinion in favor of Emperor Bush I's 1991 Operation Desert Storm. And now we have September 11, 2001 as America's very own "May 13."

Race riots, my foot. May 13 was really just "Plan B": a carefully orchestrated mengamuk.

Yup, it's Chicken Run all over!

* One of the five May 13 conspirators is still alive and plotting - and among the others, some of their offspring are still active in politics. So I won't name any of them without proper legal backing or documentary evidence. However, I can drop a heavy hint: two of them subsequently became prime ministers. How did I come by this info? I collaborated with K. Das in 1986 on a book of political quotes and we had a few good conversations over the years.
Vernon Emuang forwarded this Malaysiakini essay by Sim Kwang Yang:

It would seem to be a clear case of sedition when a political butterfly dressed up in hornet's armour tried to revive the ghost of May 13 in the recent Umno general assembly, to the thunderous applause of all those present.

Speeches during Umno general assemblies are more likely to be carefully orchestrated representations of their mainstream thinking, rather than the spontaneous cut and thrust of creative ideas. So we - who are excluded from the inner sanctum of Umno faithful - have to assume that their perennial call to arms is an integral part of Umno ideology. After all, May 13 was the cornerstone upon which the grand superstructure of the NEP had been erected for the past 35 years.


Anonymous said...

This is pure treachery and deception. How can we let them get away with this sham and trickery? All Malaysians must demand that those involved must be brought to the courts of law to be punished.

Starmandala said...

Umno is not the only guilty party in such reprehensible maneuvers. Indeed, all ruling elites have traditionally inherited the erroneous belief that since they control the bulk of the wealth, it is their birthright to rule the world. Look at the political dynasties in the US - the Bushes, Clintons, Kennedys, Rockefellers, Gores, Roosevelts, and so on. Almost all of them have ties to secret societies and mysterious fraternities like Skull & Bones - and they have controlled the military-industrial-financial-academic-religious complex for centuries, even millennia. However, they have their noses buried so deep in their own sins they seem completely unaware that the cycle of Raksasa Rule is now at an end - the Kali yuga is over! Humanity is fast awakening and will overthrow their domination across the board. Their demise is imminent - not in the next century, not in the next decade, but in the next couple of years. If we in Malaysia can achieve this target in 2008, we shall be two years ahead of the rest of the world :-)

Anonymous said...

Let me guess. the one surviving conspirator's father is an immigrant? ;(

Starmandala said...

KKBboy - korek korek korek! Das mentioned that he was put in charge of "agitprop" (and he's still a past master at it!)

telur dua said...

UMNO General Assemblies are nothing but mutual masterbation sessions among a bunch of sickos.

They will go home satisfied only to do it again the next time around.

May 13, this day of infamy will forever remain a blight in our history.

Pat said...

Hello Antares,

I have never liked History much - for the simple reason it is usually one perspective - and usually the skewed one of the ruling power. Plus, it is often glossed over, and facts edited to oblivion.

What we deem fact of things past is probably as far from the truth as it is from here to Mars.

But to try and doctor history right before our very eyes? I say! That's too much, what-what, ol' boy!


Anonymous said...

Umno guilty MCA guilty MIC guilty so what?!
They are stl living in bungalows,keep a stable of mistresses, their wife stock up on LV bags n tiffany diamonds.
Their kids are living bling bling life ala Paris Hilton in London/Paris/New York on rakyat $$$ scholarship.
It's been more than 5 months! When is the change gonna come?! Worse stl before the change can come, we hv news of PAS wanting Muslim majority in Parliament.God knows if its BN spin doctor or for real. Ptuiiiii.
Candlelight vigil petition etc etc i've sign up i've participated. SO WHAT?! Next morning i stl hv to get up stuck in traffic jam n work n pay taxes so BN can rape more of my tax MONEY! PTUIIIII......
Lets bring Mahathir back.AT least he mk sure the cake is big enuff for everyone EVEN AFTER DA CORRUPTED BN tk a cut.PTUIIIII

Starmandala said...

BRING MAHATHIR BACK? Did he ever leave? There's only one thing I wish for that twisted soul: that he lives to see Anwar Ibrahim become PM.

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