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Revival of May 13 nightmare gripping some parties

COMMENT The fires of May 13, 1969 still burn in the mind of older Malaysians who lived through the racial riots that swept through the major cities of the peninsula.

 I was a teenager then and the sight of my father quickly putting on his shoes to go out to our middle-class and predominantly Chinese neighbourhood to call for the menfolk to come out and defend their homes if the Malays attacked us was hard to reconcile with the 'happy-go-lucky' life we were enjoying.

We could hear the drums beating in the distance where there was a Malay kampung.