About 40 years ago, on this day Malaysia witnessed a racial riots in year 1969. The bloodshed of 1969 was reported took at least 200 lives. The race riots were sparked by politics. Chinese opposition supporters, whose parties made sweeping election gains, held a victory march in Kuala Lumpur and jeered at residents in Malay neighborhoods. The Malays staged their own rally, and in ensuing clashes, mobs armed with pistols and knives roamed the streets, killed people of other races and torched their homes.
The 13 May incident, as it was referred by historians, was reported to be caused by many factors and the most pertinent factor was the disparity among the various races, particularly the imbalance between the Malays and non- malay citizens. The Malay community, being the native of this country, felt that they were left behind in economic sector compared to the non-malay citizens, particularly the Chinese community.
Tun Abdul Razak,who took over the leadership of this country from YTM.Tunku Abdul Rahman, father of independence, and formulated policies to curb the ecomic imbalance between the races so that all Malaysians live peacefully without fear or hateful as one big family in this country of plentiful opportunities.
Tun Abdul Razak, draw affirmative plans with the support of Chinese and Indian leaders to restructure the Malaysian society in order to get rid of the identity of race with the economic function. At the same time, he also emphasize on eradication of poverty among all malaysians regardless of race, creed and religion.
Thus, Tun Abdul Razak , with the strong and undivided support from his friends who represents the interest of the Chinese and Indian community , drew the road map for greater economic development and prosperity for all Malaysians of this great country . On the way to reach the determined destiny, some quarters from every community benefited but many did not make it, infact left behind .
To put it in record, the malay communities corporate wealth surged from 2.4 percent in 1970 to about 20 percent today. Chinese community own about 40 percent of the corporate equity.But the Indians who are are about 8 percent of the population only have a stake of less than 2 percent.
Malaysians Indians, after 40 years of the introduction of the affirmative plan, failed miserably in economic development compared to other communities.
Thus, the Indians being the minority community in a nation of 27 million people has become more vocal lately in demanding their due legitimate rights and benefits . To this effect, the Indians even staged an unprecedented public protests in November 2007.
Understanding the mounting unhappiness and distress among the Indians, the new prime minister, YAB Mohd Najib Tun Razak, the 2nd Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak’s son , who took over the leadership of this country lately from Tun Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi, is willing to listen to the economic and social woes of the Indians.
In line with his One Malaysia concept , the Indian community expects Najib Tun Razak , our energetic and visionary prime minister to draw an an affirmative action program, similar to the plan drawn to improve the livelihood of the Malay community aftermath the 13 May incident by his late father, to eradicate the poverty among the Indian poor. By doing this, he not only will be seen to be walking the talk but will be considered as a guardian of the minority community in the heart and mind of Malaysians Indiands forever. It will be his signature legacy forever.
God bless this great nation-Malaysia .