Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Indians Fed Up Says Malaysiakini

Malaysiakini has run an article quoting Hindraf alligned groups stating their frustration at the Pakatan Rakyat run governments. Well, I expected this sooner or later. In fact, I expect more of such statements in the not too distant future. the Anwar Ibrahim led opposition election campaign was quick to make full use of the genuine frustration felt by Indians and being the shrewd manipulator Anwar is, he made the most out of the Indians. But now, after winning unprecedented support from the Indian community, they are left to rot. Of course, opposition supporters would be quick to point out that we have a first Indian Deputy Chief Minister and Speaker, but this is eyewash. The average Indian out there gains nothing. The Indian community has been taken for a ride.
I reproduce here, the article from Malaysiakini...

Indian groups fed up with Pakatan gov'ts

Athi Veeranggan Jul 29, 08 4:12pm

Several Indian civil movements are fed up with the indifferent attitude of Pakatan Rakyat governments.

Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), Penang Makkal Sakti Welfare Association (Pemaswa) and newly formed Hindu Action Network (Han) want the new Pakatan governments to form state Indian councils led by the menteri besar or chief minister.

The suggested councils will plan and implement beneficial programmes for the Indian community, with short, medium and long term goals.

According to Hindraf national coordinator TS Thanenthiran, the Pakatan governments have failed to fulfill their promises.

He said during the elections, Pakatan used the Hindraf tagline Makkal Sakti but since winning they have not unveiled any policy to benefit the community.

"Pakatan Rakyat ruling parties, be it DAP in Penang, PAS in Kedah and Perak and PKR in Selangor, seemed to have made empty electoral promises to the Indians," he added.

He stressed Hindraf would continue to fight along the movement’s 18-point memorandum submitted to the federal government last year.

Temple demolitions, non-existence of kindergartens in Tamil schools, private and public sector marginalisation and high suicide rates, are some of the issues the memorandum covers.
'Reps betrayed the community'

Meanwhile, Pemaswa president G Asoghan claimed that Indian leaders in the Pakatan government have "betrayed the Indian community’s trust in them" to deliver the goods.

"Until today, the state governments, particularly Indian leaders, are resting on their laurels," he said.

He claimed that more from MIC, PPP and IPF have benefited from the DAP government in Penang than genuine Hindraf supporters.

Han coordinator G Mugunthan (left) criticised Penang’s elected Indian assemblypersons of protecting their chronic self-interests when they rejected a previous DAP proposal for a state council.

Though DAP members were keen for a one-stop council, the DAP Indian assemblypersons rejected it as "it will put undue pressure on them to deliver."

"Now they are freely doing anything according to their whims and fancies," he said, adding that the appointment of an Indian as Penang deputy chief minister has been more "a curse than a blessing" to the community.

"It has only helped some chronic characters from BN."

Hindraf, Han and Pemaswa plan to organise a joint dialogue session with all relevant Pakatan Rakyat heads of state governments over the issue.

10 comments:

Richard said...

The 13 GE is just four years away, you all will have the opportunity to kick PR out.

I am a chinese and I have not benefit from the PR government so should I grumble and keep on saying that PR have not kept their promises.

We cannot keep on demanding base on race anymore. We need to look further and help PR in order for them to help us. Do you want the umno malay unity style of governing?

We must stay calm , cool and tolerate a little longer for PR to work out all our problems which were created by umno for over fifty years.

Its good to go and talk to the heads of PR but be more sensible on your outright demands.

Anonymous said...

I am sick and tired of hearing the comment "we cannot keep on demanding base on race any more". With due respect to Richard, I consider you to be a totally ignorant Malaysian. Sure, you come from a community that is considered the most well off and progressive in Malaysia. That puts you in a comfortable position to say dont demand things based on race. But we Indians are seriously lagging behind the other races as we are hardly getting any help from the goverment, be it BN or PR. The survival of the average Indian has become increasingly difficult such as employment, university intake, scholarship or lack of capital to start a business, taxi licences etc etc.The Chinese have more than adequate avenues to seek help such as their associations, guilds, chinese banks, foundations and even the govt itself.
Any level headed Malaysian should be able to digest the fact that the Indians are asking for BASIC rights, not SUPER benefits. Just to keep them going even if they dont get to be on par with the other races.
The worst would be the non helping hand of the elected Indian Reps. We Indians had put so much of faith and hope in the PR.

Anonymous said...

Diddnt realise this is a MIC site. At least the PR though new, are trying to help the Indians, of course with the usual hiccups etc. But tell me in the last 40 years what progress the MIC provided for the Indians. Practically nothing. In the last 20 years we are worst by any standard. Mr. Premnath, dont you think you are wasting your time here.

anakmalaysia said...

SURVEY: JIKA PR MEMBENTUK KERAJAAN
http://anakmalaysia81.blogspot.com/2008/07/survey-jika-pr-membentuk-kerajaan.html

Theshi said...

I agree with Richard. While there are some serious economic and sosial problems with Malaysian Indians, we cant continue to take a racial solution to sosial or economical problems because we are basically continuing with the negative racial agenda.

We will continue arguing from a racial perspective and things can easily go out of control. That is why i believe these issues should be solely looked at from a sociological perspective.

As long as everyone is given a fair opportunity to improve themself, we wouldn't be arguing about Indians, Chinese or Malays. That is the mistak our previous leader made. They took a short term solution to problems that are deeper and more complex than race and made it ugly for all of us now.

Theshi said...

typo...social :P

Anonymous said...

Hello this is a MIC site, you will come across assholes like Richard and Theshi, whether real or imaginery characters. These MIC guys are really sickening. Inspite of the Indian community deprived so much of opportunities in this country the MIC ppl never seems to understand this fact. Neither will they ever admit the gross dissatisfaction of the indian community to boot out the MIC in the recent GE. Hey shameless MIC guys even ur national leader was kicked out. what further proof u want. Tell me which leader of a component BN party was kicked out. Only MIC and PPP. This clearly shows what ppl generally think of these 2 leaders. The guy in detention also won. Shame on u guys still trying to promote MIC.

Theshi said...

Ermmm, I'm saying MIC and its way of thinking is not relevant any longer and that social issues should be seen from a sociological perspective. The longer we racialise these problems, the more ethnic tension there will be. This goes for UMNO and MCA and all BN parties as well as opposition. These parties had never took a long term approach to solving problems.

Look I actually agree with the HINDRAF guys. There is some serious problems with this community. But we don't need another special treatment for a particular race policy. What we need is equal opportunity for everyone. As long as we are given the opportunity to improve ourselves, any man/women will strive to improve. Education is key and there should be no racial discrimination in all fields. Or racial preference.

I hope that was clear enough. Maybe I'm just expecting to much from a blog comment. Shouldn't expect some good discussions here.

Theshi said...

If you were to actually read what HINDRAF demanded, It was exactly this that they wanted. All HINDRAF wants is EQUAL opportunity not SPECIAL TREATMENT.

I feel many are missing this point and with the five in ISA, the rest don't have much of a clue on what HINDRAF was actually fighting for.

Indians don't need special treatment from government. All we need is a well rounded fair merit based education system. No more racial quotas to improve employment opportunities. Non race based welfare policy. These in itself will do a lot to help the current situation.

But the current political system of UMNO, MCA and MIC as you can see does not support such a shift in paradigm because they are stuck with the old race based mind set.

Readers...they key to our problems is EQUALITY...make no mistake about it.

Let our nation move forward towards LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY!

MAKKAL SHAKTI said...

ONCE AGAIN PAKATAN RAKYAT GOVERNMENT DISAPPOINTED INDIANS. NEWLY FORMED PAKATAN RAKYAT PENANG COUNCILORS ABRUBTLY REJECTED THE LAND ALLOCATED FOR AZAD TAMIL SCHOOL IN BAGAN JERMAL, PENANG.

WE STILL GOING TO SIT BACK AND SAY THAT THEY JUST TOOK CHARGE AND MUST GIVE THEM TIME. NOT EVEN 6 MONTHS AND THEY CLOSING DOWN TAMIL SCHOOLS....

THE LAND AND FUND WAS FOUGHT BY MIC BEFORE THE GE. SO THEY HAVE RESPONSIBLE TOO. WHAT THEY GOING TO ABOUT IT? WORK SOMETHING ON OR GOING TO SAY ITS NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS?