The May Thirteenth Incident and Democracy in Malaysia

Posted by M ws On Saturday, May 4, 2013 0 comments
This morning, I was pleasantly surprised when one of my former students, Alvin Goh, whatsapped me. He is one person whom I will never forget for many reasons. I taught him Sociology and Economics in the early 1990's. He was the one who presented the idea of a Student Council to the Ian Kerr, the Principal at that time. The school adopted the idea and Alvin became the first Student Council President in Uplands after a week of 'campaigns'.  I am not surprised that  till today he is still an upright, driven, visionary and godly young man. Alvin Goh (YTL Organization) had the opportunity to speak at Perdana Leadership Foundation’s eighth edition of the Perdana Discourse Series on 12th November 2008.

Alvin shared with me a link to his father's latest book "The May Thirteenth Incident and Democracy in Malaysia" which he has uploaded HERE and made available to everyone who wants to know more about the historical incident.

Excerpt from his blog:

I would like to share with all Malaysians particularly the current young generation voters, my book about Malaysia's Democracy and what happened during the May Thirteenth (5-13) incident.

I've decided to upload the book in its entirety here with a cover note. It is my hope that the book will open your eyes.

CLICK HERE for more.
Datuk Dr.Goh Cheng Teik was born and educated in Penang, Malaysia. He holds a B.A. Hons. From Harvard University, USA and a Ph.D from Leiden University, Holland. He was appointed Lecturer in History and International Relations in the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur in 1967, and served in that capacity until 1974 when he entered politics.

From 1974-1999, Dato Dr.Goh served as Member of Parliament, Parliamentary Secretary, State Executive Councillor and Deputy Minister. Currently, he is Corporate Adviser and Director of Proconsult Sdn.Bhd. in Kuala Lumpur. Dr. Goh is quite active in voluntary associations: he was a Past President of Harvard Club of Malaysia, Past President, Oxford and Cambridge Society of Malaysia, President, Netherlands Alumni Association of Malaysia and Board Member ! of the East Asia Institute of Cambridge University. He is also a Life Member of the Malaysian Association for American Studies (MAAS).

Datuk Dr. Goh also leads the Harvard University team that interviews prospective Malaysian students.

Datuk Dr. Goh was also formerly the Deputy Minister of Land and Cooperative Development and former Deputy Chief Minister of Penang. He first joined Gerakan in 1972 while he was a lecturer at University of Malaya. In 1974, he was elected Nibong Tebal MP and was appointed as one of then prime minister Tun Abdul Razak's parliamentary secretaries till 1976. He has since served as deputy minister with four ministries. He resigned from Gerakan and retired from politics in 1999. You can read more HERE.

Among Datuk Dr.Goh’s publications are The May Thirteenth Incident and Democracy in Malaysia, Oxford University Press, 1970, Racial Politics in Malaysia, FEP International 1989 and Malaysia: Beyond Communal Politics, Pelanduk Publications 1994.

Thank you, Datuk Dr. Goh, for sharing this book with us. Thanks for reaching out with the infomation, Alvin. God bless you and for your family.

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