Nobody knows exactly how many Malaysians died. Official figures say some one hundred plus but considerably more might have died.
The establishment has all along blamed the opposition for the racial riots.
But Malaysian are more inclined to believe that desperate politicians, fearing for their loss of power, and those who wanted to oust then Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman, instigated the riots.
For some long years since, UMN0 have been using the May 13 incident as a convenient bogeyman to try to frighten Malaysian voters into voting for them. And they have largely succeeded.
Not, I believe, anymore. Malaysians are now not so easily taken for a ride. At least I hope so not. Otherwise, the result would be tragic for the country.
In this context, it would seem like a very, very desperate attempt by deputy Pm Muhyiddin to try to revive the bogeyman at a national youth conference recently, where he allegedly reminded the youths to be united to ensure that the country remained stable and to avoid a repeat of May 13.
He allegedly told them
We don't want May 13 repeated
Who wants, Muhyiddin?
Certainly not the ordinary Joe and Jane, Ah Chong and Minah or Samy and A Mei.
Why do you have to remind Malaysians of May 13 so close to the 13th general election that your flip-flop boss still has no guts to call for, after bragging that he would thrash the opposition 14-0 in football parlance?
It would be unimaginable for UMNO to continue helming the government for another five years, let alone another half a century.
What we have today after fifty over years of UMNO led government is divisive politics and politicking, corruption in high places, abuse of power, wastage in public spending, lack of accountability, compromised state institutions, a moribund economy and prospect of national bankruptcy.
No thank you Muhyuddin.
No Malaysian wants a repeat of May 13. But we aren't sure if some guys are trying for one so that maybe they could perpetuate their stay in power?
And if the attempt by the authorities to scare the people by claiming that there is infiltration of the opposition parties by JI (Jemaah Islamiah) terrorists and communists is considered, it really makes you wonder if there is not some hanky panky about, because nobody for a moment believes in the claim.
How very convenient that all of this scare-mongering comes at this time when just about everyone is expecting the 13th general election to be called, although the Pm is still playing Russian roulette with the rakyat as to when he will have the guts to dissolve parliament and set the stage for the general election.
UPDATE: Lim Guan Eng's reply to the communist scare.