One year after the bloody Malay-Chinese riots of May 13 in which at least 200 people died and more than 400 were injured, Kuala Lumpur today was normal, just like any other day complete with morning rush hour traffic jams.
CU Chow Kit road sign pan street.
MS Tall building tilt Razak & crowd.
MS Razak & Tun Tan Siew Sin walking along street.
MS Razak talks to people.
Man cooking & people shopping (3 shots).
Razak in Kampong Bahru.
MS Razak pats Malay boy on head.
MCU Dato Narun.
CU Razak pan Tan Siew Sin talking to crowd.
CA Malay girl.
MS Crowd clap pan Razak.
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Background: One year after the bloody Malay-Chinese riots of May 13 in which at least 200 people died and more than 400 were injured, Kuala Lumpur today was normal, just like any other day complete with morning rush hour traffic jams.
The quiet scene followed days of reassurances from the country's leaders that all was under control-the latest from Deputy Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak on the eve of the anniversary.
Tun Razak late yesterday (Tuesday) toured some of the sensitive areas of Kuala Lumpur-the areas where the worst riots occurred. And in each area, he gave the reassurance: "All will be well tomorrow, the day after and all the days to come."
Tun Razak was given a warm welcome in Jalan Chow Kit where he started his tour. Accompanying him was Tun Tan Siew Sin, the Minister with Special functions and the Chief Minister of Selangor State, Date Haji Harun bin Haji Idris. (Kuala Lumpur is in Selangor State). The Deputy Prime Minister exhorted all the races to go about their business today as normal. He said the Government had the situation under control.
At the same time as Tun Razak was making his tour of the sensitive areas-including Kampong Bahru where many houses were burned during last year's riots-security forces stepped up patrols. Many people had stocked up with food in past days fearing a complete breakdown of law and order.
Since April 9th, more than 7,000 people suspected of criminal activities or belonging to secret societies have been arrested and police say that many have already been screened and released. About 30 so-called rumour-mongers from all parts of Malaysia have been arrested for suggesting there will be riots again this year.
But in the sensitive areas last night and today, there was an atmosphere of outward clam.