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Sep 3, 2008

Remembering Kampung Medan Incident (March 2001)

“I was riding along Taman Lindungan Jaya. My friend Murugan was pillion riding... Suddenly a large group of Malay youths chased us. They attacked Murugan. He fell down and tried to run away from the mob. A large parang was thrown at me. This unbalanced me and I fell down. I was surrounded by the angry youngsters. Someone then hit my leg. I screamed in pain. Then the 50-odd youngsters started attacking me...”.

(A victim’s narration of events in Kampung Medan on March 8, 2001.)



The incident:

It has been more than seven years since the Indian squatters in the Petaling Jaya Selatan area came under bloody attacks in an incident which bore the hallmarks of the May 13, 1969 race riots. Clashes between Malays and Indians in this area, which lasted for several days, resulted in six being killed - four local Indians, one Indonesian and one Indian national. At the same time, almost 200 others, almost all Indians suffered severe slash wounds.

It was quite evident that the victims of the incident were the Indian squatters in the area - which boasted close to 20 squatter settlements, including Kampung Medan. It is estimated that about 10,000 people live in the Petaling Jaya Selatan community, which the squatter areas are part of. In the aftermath, an analysis of the situation was quite worrying.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

yea u r correct vasan..goverment should take look in this matter..keep on your good job..

மலர்விழி said...

ஆமாங்க வசந்த்...நல்ல ஆய்வு...இந்த சம்பவத்தில் அரசாங்கம் எவ்வகையில் தீர்வு கண்டது என்பது பலரின் கேள்விக்குறி! உங்கள் வேள்விகளைத் தொடர்க...

Naveen Kumar said...

You are so right vasan...
We dont get anything as we are supposed to get...
I have went through hell with this goverment...
I obtained straight A's for my spm...
I am not a smart student i worked very hard for my results, i had to burn the midnight oil and even at times never slept because i really wanted to get matriculation in a local university...
And at that time my sisters were still studying so i did not want to burden my parents... I was so happy with my results but after a few days i got to know that my admission to do matriculation was rejected...
Worst my malay schoolmate that got 3 A's was selected...
Is this fair for me that worked so hard...
Is this "hak keistemewaan" or "diskriminasi"...
Why judge us based on our skin colour...
So all indians must convert to get into matriculation...
Thank god my parents could afford to send me to do A'levels...
What about those poor indians out there...
I want changes for all my future indians...
Changes must take place...
Hoping for the best after the 16th of september...
"BORN AS AN INDIAN DIE AS AN INDIAN"

vasantarao appalasamy said...

@naveen kumar - i think the defeat in the march 8 GE not enough to awaken them... still playing racial cards..

Anonymous said...

While you complaining this goverment so called injustice to you,
I would like to point out that the clash in kampung medan was started by indian gang when they attack a malay house wedding feast, to house owner lose his finger, the malay attack only happen after first aggrssion by indian people, and before that, every 3 or 4 month there always be a gangfinght . In almost case, indian thugs are the one who drew the first blood, so who responsible?/