A memorial for Malaysia


Never again: The writer calls for the Sungai Buloh May 13 cemetery to be gazetted as a national heritage and a special memorial space be built there to remind us the importance of racial unity. — Photos courtesy of Tajuddin Rasdi

As the 50th anniversary of the May 13 incident draws close, the writer urges Malaysians, especially the government of the day, to place race relations as its topmost priority. 

TO ME, May 13 was simply some obscure fact of history. In school, I barely paid attention to it because when it occurred, I was only in Primary One at St Marks Primary School in Butterworth.

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