Muhyiddin is trying to do a 'Mahathir' on our youths by reminding them to stay united in order to ensure the country remains stable and peaceful and to avoid a repeating of the May 13, 1969 tragedy.
He said he was at that time a second year student in University Malaya and stayed with his brother outside the campus.
"I saw Malays chasing Chinese, Chinese chasing Malays, they were all holding parang. They were confronting each other in the middle of the road and as a result, some people were injured and houses were burned.
"But, this situation didn't spread out, because the then deputy prime minister Tun Abdul Razak announced a state of emergency for Kuala Lumpur and controlled the situation."
Muhyiddin said the government them carried out research found that the riot was caused by disparities among the races and that it was also instigated by the opposition.
"We don't want May 13 repeated," he added.
Is Muhyiddin giving a tacit threat against youths supporting the opposition. It was evident that the ghost of May 13 had been exorcised in the 2008 GE. The issue did not have any traction against post-1969 generations.
If our youths can stay united, they should unite against poor governance, blatant corruption, dirty politics and racism.
At this age, it is very difficult for Muhyiddin trying to sell the idea that the opposition had instigated the May 13 riots. On the contrary, the Opposition did well in 1969. Both 1969 and 2008 were the only two times the BN were denied their customary two-thirds parliamentary majority.
Both GEs had shown clearly the transformation of our society. The 1969 society was easily manipulated and instigated to participate in riots. The opposition had lost subsequent elections without instigating any riots. Not even during BN unprecedented 92% parliamentary victory in 2004. So, who is more likely to start a riot? Opposition or UMNO?
I am sure Muhyiddin personally would like BN/UMNO to perform badly but enough to win the federal government so that he can live up his dream of becoming a PM. It is no longer a secret that the Deputy PM harbours this intention.
However, it is unnecessary and unscrupulous for Muhyiddin to attempt resurrecting the ghost of May 1969. It is unlikely to work this time.