They claimed that our society has matured and should be allowed to have all sorts of freedom including that of speech and expression.
Furthermore, they said such May 13 tragedy will never happened again as time was changing and Malaysians have become less racially inclined.
And when the PM at that time, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad used the ISA during Operation Lalang, he was branded as a dictator.
That crackdown in 1987 was carried out as racial tension had reached a very dangerous level due to a quarrel between Chinese and Malay political leaders over the administration of Chinese schools.
Now we are in 2015.
By right, as contended by the liberals, we should indeed be a very matured society by now.
ISA and several other preventive laws had been repealed.
The opposition leaders said Malays, Chinese and other races can even go for street protests together.
One big happy family and everything seems to be going great.
No more racists except in Umno, they said.
Whenever something went wrong during the street protests, they blamed the police for "provoking" the crowd.
|Pro-Pakatan Bersih protesters smashing a police car after beating up the policeman driver.|
After a while, the police just stood back and observed all the antics of the protesters without doing anything to stop them.
Then the Low Yat Incident happened.
There's no avoiding the strong racial sentiments behind it.
Suddenly we don't seem to be such a matured society any more.
The police were blamed for not doing enough to prevent it.
Umno was also blamed.
As pointed by Helen's Low Yat – the viral video , this is a Malaysiakini's spin ‘Umno’s race-baiting root of Low Yat fracas‘.
It never occurred to them that the hooligans in the video clip, who stomped on the Chinese couple's car before beating them could be from the same gang as the Bersih protestors who destroyed the police car and beat up the policeman driver.
I remember well when Pakatan supporters defended the Bersih hooligans.
Now we are talking about limiting the "freedom" that we wanted so much by repealing the ISA and other such "draconian laws" to avoid such as the Low Yat Incident from happening again.
We are even calling for the social media, much blamed for the Low Yat Incident, to be regulated.
But how are we going to do that?
Malaysians are now so used to their social media freedom.
Anyway, would curbing our freedom makes members of our society less racist?
Honestly, I don't think so.
By the way, were we going back to the 1980s of Mahathirism where racial nonsense was not tolerated such as what took place during that Operation Lalang?
If it is so, maybe it's for the better.
Well, so much for all those talks about the virtues of being moderates.
Everything considered, we are indeed not matured enough as a society.
Some of us can't even understand the very basic principles of rule of law.
Let's not fool ourselves, okay.
Maybe we should give ourselves until 2020 before we can say we are a finally matured society.