I find it shocking that Umno should liken Hindraf with India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its closely linked radical Hindu movement, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Umno should look in the mirror if it is looking for the real BJP-RSS of Malaysia.
The BJP-RSS is a disgusting, extremist political party that preaches Ketuanan Hindu in India. It constantly demonises religious and ethnic minorities as a threat to the Hindu majority of India. It aims to establish a two-tier system of rights and privileges for Hindus as first-class citizens and non-Hindus as second and third-class citizens in India.
The truth is that Umno behaves like the BJP-RSS. Umno preaches Ketuanan Melayu in exactly the same way that the BJP-RSS preaches Ketuanan Hindu in India. Umno has done in Malaysia everything that the BJP-RSS had tried to achieve whilst in power in India. Fortunately, the great Indian nation has been open-minded and progressive enough to reject such disgusting supremacist ideologies and voted Sonia Gandhi to lead the Congress party instead.
Hinraf has never supported Ketuanan Hindu or Ketuanan India. It wants democracy, rule of law, equal citizenship, equal rights, equal opportunity, cultural freedoms, religious freedoms, meritocracy and human dignity for all Malaysians. It abhors racism and hates inequality. It does not preach hatred towards anyone but wants Indians to be treated fairly and with respect in this country.
Hindraf supporters want peace. Like many Malaysians of all colours and persuasions, they admire the ideals of the great Mahatma Gandhi who was tragically shot dead by a BJP-RSS fanatic named Godse who strongly felt that the Great Mahatma had been too friendly towards the minorities. Godse wrongly believed the lies of the BHP-RSS propaganda machine that the ethnic minorities had been a threat to the Hindu community. Therefore, he felt compelled to commit a dreadful and horrific crime.
Umno leaders regard Hindraf supporters as “penyangak” (crooks). This reveals just how much the racist mentality is propagated by the government and has permeated the thoughts and attitudes across all sectors of Malaysian society. Umno needs to reject its Ketuanan Melayu supremacist ideologies and policies.
It must stop playing divide-and-rule politics, stop demonising minorities as a threat to the Malay-Muslim majority and stop lying to the public, both Malays and non-Malays. It must stop robbing them of their tax money, which has made so many of its leaders rich beyond the dreams of avarice.
It is clear to every educated person in Malaysia that reforming the patronage system in Umno must take place before corruption can be cleaned up. Umno spends all its time blaming or threatening others for its own problems. Since it has become perfectly clear that Umno cannot reform itself, the easy way out for Umno is to play up racial sentiments to garner votes from its Malay-Muslim majority.
If Umno isn’t behaving like the racist supremacist BJP-RSS, then I don't know what it is.