Five killed in Malaysian racial clashes

KAMPUNG MEDAN, Malaysia, 11 Mar 2001

Ethnic Indian residents of the village said Sunday they were living in fear after four days of clashes with ethnic Malays in which five people have been killed.

Another 37 people have been injured and 153 arrested during the battles here and in other racially-mixed districts in the town of Petaling Jaya near Kuala Lumpur.

Hundreds of police -- paramilitaries carrying M-16 rifles, helmeted riot squads and regular officers -- were patrolling areas around Jalan Klang Lama. Authorities said the situation was under control Sunday after the battles, which one opposition leader described as the worst ethnic clashes since the 1969 riots.

The ethnic clashes are the worst since 1969. It seems that Malaysia is also going on Indonesian lines and the Jihadi tendencies are on rise.

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