No formal request to declassify May 13 reports, says Muhyiddin

The book ‘May 13: Declassified Documents on the Malaysian Riots of 1969′ by Kua Kia Soong.

PUTRAJAYA: The government has not received any formal request to declassify reports on the May 13, 1969 racial riots, said Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

“Maybe, it is just the view of some people. But, more importantly, those were the past; we are now looking at the present and the future,” Muhyiddin told reporters here today.

He was responding to calls by Human rights watchdog Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) director and author Kua Kia Soong on Sunday for the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government to declassify documents on the May 13 incident.

Muhyiddin said PH had promised to be fair and to handle any issues squarely by taking into consideration the interests of the people for the sake of peace and harmony.

He said it was important for Malaysians to learn from the past and to make sure the country would not face the same problem in the future.

“There is no use digging up old stories…an important lesson (is) what we are doing now and in the future,” he said.

On reports that a “tonto syndicate” had been detected fixing global positioning system (GPS) devices on vehicles of the Malaysian Border Security Agency (AKSEM), Muhyiddin said police could take action if they interfered with the duties of border security enforcement agencies.

“They have no right (to install the gadgets) and if border security is involved, they will be considered agents of parties out to create trouble and therefore, police have the right to act against them,” he said.