May 13 marks an infamous anniversary in the annals of Malaysia's fairly short history as an independent state. It was this day 38 years ago in Malaysia's capital city of Kuala Lumpur that violent Jihad roared briefly back to life. The 'riots' or the 'May 13th incident' as it is officially known lasted a week and officially claimed 196 lives, although unofficial tallies of the death toll run up to ten times the official figure.
The Malaysian government, in response to May 13th, immediately instituted a massive Jizya-style program to appease the restive Malay population, called the NEP, or 'New Economic Policy.' Essentially, NEP was and is to this day a massive wealth-transference programme from the richer, more entrepreneurial Chinese to the majority Malays. The Malays have always resentful of their more successful Chinese brethren, and NEP has not changed that one iota. Even now, the politics of religion, race relations, and Islamic dogmatism are stirring the pot in Malaysia once again. In any Muslim-ruled land, the Jihad is never dormant for long, ready to come roaring back to murder again on little or no pretext.