Learn from the May 13 tragedy and stop bringing it up, writes ex-Malaysian PM

Learn from the May 13 tragedy and stop bringing it up, writes ex-Malaysian PM
Former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

PETALING JAYA- Racial unity in Malaysia should not be fostered by creating fear in the people over the implications of what conflicts will bring, says former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

"We should learn from the May 13 tragedy but let's not keep bringing it up," he said in his maiden blog posting on www.paklah.net yesterday.

"We should look forward.

"It is a fact of life that people will always have differences of opinions, especially in a democratic country," he added.

Abdullah said Malaysians should be united at all times and not just during celebrations or festivals.

"The spirit of unity must endure in the heart and not be seasonal," he said.

Abdullah said in his Malaysia Day posting that a democratically-elected government should be given a chance to work, adding that this applied to both the Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat.

"If a leader is elected through democratic means, give him a fair chance to govern," he suggested.

"Human beings are imperfect and a leader is human. If there are mistakes or imperfections, give criticism and advice as needed," he added.

Abdullah said those who were dissatisfied with a leader should voice their grievances in a civilised manner and in accordance with democracy and the Asian culture.

"The freedom of speech we enjoy on social media and other Internet portals has been used to vent feelings of racial anger without limit," he said. "I am sad to see what has happened to our beloved country despite efforts to foster inter-racial unity."

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