Muhyiddin: No request to declassify May 13 report


PUTRAJAYA: No request has been made to the Federal Government to declassify the official report on the May 13, 1969 racial riots, says Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.He said the calls to declassify the report were only the personal views of certain people, adding that the government preferred not to dwell on the past.

“We have not received any request to that effect, it is just the views of some people. But that (May 13 incident) is in the past. The government prefers to look at the present and future.

“Pakatan Harapan has promised the people that it will be a fair government, one that

will ensure peace and harmony. We abhor any form of discrimination based on race and religion.

“This is the stand of the present government and I think this is more important than what was in the past.

“We will learn from the past and make sure that Malaysia does not face the same problem in the future,” Muhyiddin told a press conference here yesterday.

He was asked to comment on calls for the May 13 report to be declassified.

Muhyiddin was speaking at a ceremony to announce Datuk Mazlan Mansor as the new Deputy Inspector-General of Police.

The Bukit Aman Commercial Crimes Inves­tigations Department director was appointed to the second-highest position in the police force effective May 9.

The former Selangor police chief replaced Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim, who has retired.

This came after the appointment of Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador as the new Inspector-General of Police on May 4.

Meanwhile, at the same press conference, Abdul Hamid said the matter of Special Branch officers being barred from Parti Warisan Sabah events should not be prolonged.“Whatever public event there is, it is the duty of the police to be present and ensure the orderly conduct and safety of the event.

“Why is there so much concern over whether it is Special Branch officers or those in uniform? Whoever is representing the police is there out of concern for the event’s security.

“It’s just a matter of confusion. I will not prolong the issue,” said Abdul Hamid, who is also the former head of the Special Branch.

He was asked to comment on Warisan vice-president Junz Wong’s comment that the party would ban Special Branch officers from attending its press conferences.


   

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