4.  政见上的演说自由和集会自由应当获得表扬,但任何人要利用513周年制造政治暴力和灌输恐惧的行为是可耻的,也应被人民唾弃。此外,任何涉及动用官方基金和资源的513周年纪念活动,一定要在内容和对象上更具包容。


On this day which the nation experienced its darkest hours 41 years ago, we the undersigned civil society groups call upon the nation to make May 13 a day to cherish peace, reason and freedom.

We hold that

1.       The May 13 ethnic riot was the most unfortunate episode in Malaysia’s history in which lives were lost and properties destroyed as politics broke down into violence. We offer our thoughts and prayers to the innocent lives lost and consolation to the victims who survived it.

2.       Thankfully, Malaysia has since moved forward as a nation in denouncing political violence. Post-March 8 attempts to trigger ethno-religious tensions and justify authoritarian controls, such as the cow-head protest in August 2009 and the desecration of houses of worship in January 2010, have been resolutely defeated by condemnation coming from Malaysians of all ethno-religious and socio-cultural backgrounds who treasure peace, reason and freedom.

3.       Any attempts to mock or trigger another May 13 – whether to subdue citizens or to seize power – may end in complete political destruction of the culprits. The trials of Liberia’s Charles Taylor, Chile’s Penochet and Ex-Yugoslavian warlords for mass violation of human rights should serve as stern reminder to anyone contemplating political violence. A society with zero tolerance for political violence and intimidation of any kind is emerging in Malaysia, especially amongst those of the younger generations. We seek peace and harmony, not in fear, but through dialogues and deliberations in the spirit of mutual respect and openness.

4.       While freedom of speech and freedom of assembly for all political persuasions should be celebrated, any attempt to exploit the anniversary of May 13 to glorify political violence or instil fear is disgraceful and should be shunned by the public. In addition, any commemoration of the tragedy involving state funds and resources must be inclusive in both content and target group.


1. Aliran Kesedaran Negara (Aliran)

2. All Women’s Action Society Malaysia (AWAM)

3. Amnesty International Malaysia (AIM)

4. Annexe Gallery

5. Bahagian Belia, Gabungan Persatuan-persatuan Bekas Penuntut Sekolah China W.P. & Selangor

6. Borneo Research Institute Sarawak (BRIMAS)

7. Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ)

8. Centre for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC)

9. Centre for Policy Initiatives (CPI)

10. Centre of Education. Research and Development (CEDAR)

11. Child Development Initiative

12. Civil Rights Committee, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (CRC-KLSCAH)

13. Council of Churches of Malaysia Youth (CCM Youth)

14. Editorial board of Horizon e-journal

15. Education and Research Association of Consumer, Malaysia

16. Educational, Welfare and Research Foundation Malaysia

17. Federation of Indian Non-Governmental Organisations

18. Friends in Conversation (FIC)

19. Friends of Kota Damansara

20. Frinjan Collective

21. Gabungan Pertubuhan-pertubuhan Masyarakat India Selangor

22. Group of Concerned Citizens

23. Indian Malaysian Active Generation (IMAGE)

24. Institute for Development of Alternative Living (IDEAL)

25. Institut Kajian Dasar (IKD)

26. Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF)

27. Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS)

28. Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (JERIT)

29. Johor Tamizhar Sangam

30. Klang Consumer Association

31. Kuala Lumpur And Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall Youth Section (KLSCAH-YS)

32. Kuala Lumpur Hindu Youth Organisation (KLHYO)

33. Kuala Lumpur Indian Entrepreneurs and Professionals

34. LLG Cultural Development Centre (LLG)

35. Majlis Kelab Bell Belia Tamil Malaysia

36. Malaysia Hindu Dharma Mamandram

37. Malaysia Indian Progressive Educational Society

38. Malaysia Lekshmi Pooja Meditation Society

39. Malaysia Tamil Artiste Association

40. Malaysia Tamil Neri Kalagam

41. Malaysia Thanavasiya Association

42. Malaysia Youth and Students Democratic Movement (DEMA)

43. Malaysian Archagar Sangam

44. Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry

45. Malaysian Association of Indian University Graduates

46. Malaysian Ceylon Saivites Association

47. Malaysian Dravidian Association

48. Malaysian Hindu Youth Council

49. Malaysian Indian Business Association

50. Malaysian Indian Development & Unity Association

51. Malaysian Indian Development Association

52. Malaysian Indian Entrepreneurs and Professionals

53. Malaysian Indian Historical Association

54. Malaysian Indian Youth Development Foundation

55. Malaysian Tamil Forum

56. Melaka Chinese Assembly Hall Youth Section

57. Negeri Sembilan Chinese Assembly Hall Youth Section

58. New Era College Alumni Association

59. New Era College Student Progressive Front

60. New Era College Media Studies Society

61. New Era College Student Union

62. New Millennium Indian Business Association of Malaysia

63. Penang Du Zhong Education Society

64. Penang Indian Entrepreneurs and Professionals

65. Penggerak Belia Zon23 MPSJ

66. People’s Parliament

67. Persahabatan Semparuthi

68. Persatuan Alumni PBTUSM Selangor & KL

69. Persatuan Aruloli Mandram, Malaysia

70. Pertubuhan Jamaah Islah Malaysia (JIM)

71. Persatuan Kebajikan Dan Sosial Kamakshi Wilayah Utara

72. Persatuan Kebajikan MGR

73. Persatuan Kebajikan Namakkal Malaysia

74. Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)

75. Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor & Wilayah Persekutuan (PERMAS)

76. Persatuan Meditasi Malaysia (Dhyana Ashram)

77. Persatuan Penduduk Taman Muhibbah

78. Persatuan Pergabung Tamil Malaysia

79. Persatuan Seni Rumah Air Panas KL (RAP)

80. Persatuan Silambam Malaysia

81. Pertubuhan Kesedaran Hare Krishna Klang

82. Pusat Komunikasi (KOMAS)

83. Research for Social Advancement (REFSA)

84. Saiva Siddhanta Mandram Malaysia

85. Sarawak Central Region Friendship Association

86. Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (SADIA)

87. Sarawak Native Land Rights Owners (TAHABAS)

88. Sarawakians Access (SACCESS)

89. Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM)

90. Selangor Indian Entrepreneurs and Professionals

91. Straten Malaysia

92. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram)

93. Sundararaja Perumal Devasthanam Klang

94. Tamilar Sangam, Teluk Intan

95. The Micah Mandate (TMM)

96. Thiruvalluvar Nanneri Mayam Cameron Highlands

97. Thiruvarul Thavaneri Mandram Malaysia

98. Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO)

99. World Tamil Federation – Malaysian Chapter

100. Writer Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI)

101. Yayasan Penyelidikan dan Pembangunan Pendidikan Tamil Malaysia (Tamil Foundation)