KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Nazir Razak expressed his regrets on Tan Sri Tommy Thomas’s writing in his book memoirs, My Story: Justice in the Wilderness, which mentioned that the evidence in the 13 May 1969 tragedy points to a coup by Allahyarham Tun Abdul Razak.
The former CIMB Group Chairman said that opinion was purely conjecture on the former Attorney-General (AG)’s part and not a shred of credible evidence has emerged to support this view.
He said, Tommy relies on the fact that Tun Razak was the main beneficiary of the riots and that he must have been in a hurry to be the Prime Minister because he had been told that he was dying.
The opinion, according to Nazir, would not tantamount to “evidence” in any setting much less a legal one. Besides that, the former AG also got a fact wrong as Tun Razak was only diagnosed with cancer in November 1969 and doctors suggested that it may have been the stress of dealing with the riots that caused the illness.
Nazir also brushed aside Tommy saying that he is mystified by the appointment of Tun Razak by Tunku Abdul Rahman as the Director of the National Operations Council.
He said, by all accounts Tunku simply chose to do so by his own volition, determining that it was the best option given the circumstances. Tunku also endorsed the appointment of Tun Dr Ismail as home minister to support Tun Razak.
“I am also disturbed by the description of ‘hundreds of Malay youths brandishing parangs krises and knives turn on their fellow citizens’ as the main feature of the riots. I do not believe that it is very helpful to be suggesting that one group was especially at fault or to be discussing what transpired without sufficient context,” he said in an Instagram post.
While he believes that everyone has a right to their own opinion and views on what transpired, he has decided to share his differing views because Tommy was until recently the highest legal officer of the government.
He also noted that those events took place long before Tommy was even a legal practitioner. Besides that, the then government officials have spoken highly about Tun Razak’s leadership and personal integrity as well as his efforts to bring back peace and stability, institute reforms and reinstate parliament. -MalaysiaGazette