PETALING JAYA: Malaysians need to remember the May 13 riots to avoid racial conflicts from recurring, says the National Patriots Association (PATRIOT).
Patriot president Brig-Jen (Rtd) Datuk Mohamed Arshad Raji said the association remembers vividly the riots that took place on May 13, 1969, and urged for Malaysians not to allow history to repeat itself.
Mohamad Arshad lambasted politicians who exploited the issue of race and religion.
He added that those politicians who are championing race and religion do so to gain political mileage, and not really for the causes they claimed to defend.
Mohamed Arshad urged Malaysians to move beyond the “dark May 13” episode and collectively better the country.
He said other than the May 13 riots, numerous Patriot members served in combat units during the two emergencies in Malaysia and also operated in war zones in United Nations peace-keeping missions.
As such, he said, Patriot members despise terror and violence committed against humanity, and would speak out against it.