This article was written on 27 July 2007 in my past life as a journalist:
ON THE EVENING of May 13 1969, two hours before the May 13 riots erupted in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, former Home Affairs Minister Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman wrote a letter.
It was addressed to the chairman of Guthrie Corporation, telling him not to expect him (Ismail) back in London the coming week.
In the letter, quoted in the book “The Reluctant Politician: Tun Dr Ismail and His Time”, he told the Guthrie chairman that the Alliance Party had suffered a badly reduced majority in the just-concluded general election. [Read more…]