Victims overlooked

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 May, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 May, 1998, 12:00am

When the students of Indonesia marched out of the universities and on to the streets and were confronted by the security forces, some were killed.

There were protests from Amnesty International and other human rights organisations.

Even our own Szeto Wah could not resist the temptation to lead his group and deliver a protest to the Indonesian Consulate. The students were on a peaceful march and did not deserve to die.

Numerous ethnic Chinese live in Indonesia. Many are Indonesian citizens and do not even speak Chinese. Their shops were destroyed, looted and burned and many of them were killed. These people were also peaceful. Amnesty International and human rights organisations were surprisingly silent on their plight. Maybe they feel that the rights of ethnic Chinese are of secondary importance.