I refer to the Malaysiakini report Thousands at MIC's 'evening with PM'.
Since the Hindraf mass rally to protest over allegations of marginalisation of Indian communities in Malaysia by the government, Barisan National politicians seems to be working hard to win back Indian support and vote for the coming election.
MIC president S Samy Vellu - who in his 28 years as the sole Indian cabinet minister had never arranged for a gathering with our country’s premier previously - is feeling threatened and exposed by Hindraf. Kudos to the organisers of the Hindraf rally for being the eye-opener of the Indian's plight.
I was there yesterday at the Cheras Badminton Stadium and had actually witnessed the whole event. The only reason I went there was because a good friend of mine needed to fulfill his ‘quota’ as a MIC branch chairperson. My good friend needed to bring a number of people for the event.
This rule applied to every branch/division chairperson and committee members. They had actually been forced to act and obviously these people, who are very ambitious to be somebody in the MIC, could not decline.
By now everyone should be able to figure out on how MIC managed to gather the crowd for the event. And believe me, the whole crowd was less than 10,000 but our media had actually announced it to be more than 15,000 or 20,000.
Most of the crowd members were senior citizens and some children who tagged along with their parents. There were also a few of them who were talking about Hindraf and who later got removed from the stadium by the event’s security guards.
The sad part is how the media in Malaysia seems to be misguiding us with their reports. Everything that been shown to public or projected in the newspaper and television is always beneficial to the ruling parties.
At this point, I would like emphasise that I’m not a member of any political party and what I say here is as a concerned citizen and as a taxpayer who has the right to voice out my dissatisfaction.
After the Cheras event, many people actually lined up to meet the prime minister and Samy Vellu but due to security concerns, police and Rela had to take control of the situation. At this time, I also witnessed a few people waiting in the line to pass some memoranda to Pak Lah but too bad all these memoranda were collected by police officers who told them that their letters needed to be screened first and only then it would be passed over to the PM.
Only God knows if it will end up in the PM's hand or at our local municipal garbage collection centres. The PM was not aware that the people wanted to hand him some letters as he was still at his press conference during that time.
Lastly, I wonder how many people like me had attended the event on Sunday just because their friends are MIC members.