Listen from 1:50 to 2:00 of this segment from The Star's Lessons from May 13:
In its narrative The Star has been careful to exclude Joh 13n Fernandez's observation that the Chinese rioters had specific instructions to attack Malays only.
Fernandez's statement calls into question the conventional wisdom surrounding May 13: that of MAlay mobs instigated by politicians like Dato Harun Idris (and some say even Tunku Abdul Rahman) running amok, and being countered by Chinese mobs acting in defense.
Much has been said over the years about the part played in the riots by Chinese secret societies, but the explanation seems to be at odds with the business oriented nature of the secret societies.
It is undisputed however that there was a victory parade after the May 1969 election,which was organised by the predominantly Chinese opposition parties, the DAP and Gerakan.
What followed, followed. The Chinese side appear to have suffered a greater number of casualties but that was to be expected once the predominantly Malay army and police forces were put into play by the Malaysian Government.
However, who gave the Chinese rioters their orders to kill?