Let’s talk about my favourite subject.
Specifically, the Operasi Lalang.
Currently there is so much myths going on regarding that incident that many have differing perceptions on the whys, the hows, the whens, and the whose who in that particular part of our history.
When at present many of our political observers from the opposition have a one sided view of it, it is not surprising that with the malicious pandemonium they brought along would permeate into the psyche of every Malaysian today.
So what really happened during Operasi Lalang in 1987?
Many of the Pakatan Rakyat mindless supporters would invariably believe all that had been said by their leaders. Among the main issues that were mentioned were:
1) More than 100 innocent opposition leaders were detained without trial in 1987 under the Internal Security Act (ISA),
2) These detainment were unprovoked and without any justification,
3) 3 main newspapers were suspended (The Star, Sunday Star, Sin Chew and Watan). This shows intolerance towards free press by the government.
That’s about it. Approximately 100 opposition leaders were detained and a few newspaper publications were suspended nearly 24 years ago and judging from how the current events in 2011 are shaping up, there is a risk that the same thing will happen again.
If we subject ourselves to the whims and fancies of Pakatan Rakyat, of course, I am sure what we fear most will come true.
Above all, apart from the BERSIH fiasco, there are a dearth of valid issues that the opposition can play therefore, what better way to, rightly or wrongly, continue to raise tension and racial discord among the races?
Make sense? After all, strife and chaos is the bread and butter of Pakatan Rakyat.
Pasted below is the white paper on Operasi Lalang which was presented to the Parliament by the Home Ministry in 1988. The paper was direct and related the events as it were.
It is hoped that we can learn from our history so that mistakes will not happen again. Due to the lengthy presentation of the white paper, we shall view this in parts. This first part are the main provocations used by the antagonists and the reactions that arose prior to the mass capture of 100 over politicians and activists.