YOURSAY ‘Your hunger strike may carry weight with some people, but I doubt if it will mean anything to either BN or Pakatan.'
Waytha to go on hunger strike for Hindraf blueprint
Jimmy Ng: P Waythamoorthy, although the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) and your intentions may be noble, you must also be realistic and practical.
We live in a multiracial society and there are not only poor Malaysians of Indian ethnicity, but also poor Malaysians who are Chinese, Malay, Senoi, Kadazans, Dusuns, Dayaks, Ibans, Bajaus, Muruts, and so on.
Many of us used to respect you (and your Hindraf associates) for highlighting the plight of the Indian community in Malaysia. But your arrogance as of late, is not going down too well with many Malaysians.
For many of us, Pakatan Rakyat remains a better option and should be given an opportunity to right the many wrongs that have occurred in our nation, and also to secure a much better future for all Malaysians. Is that not what all right-minded Malaysians are hoping for?
Doc: Fantastic timing for the hunger strike, Waythamoorthy. Malaysians are worried over the current Sabah insurgent problem and will surely not be caring a hoot if your hunger strike works out or not.
One suggestion, maybe you could pitch a tent on the streets of Lahad Datu and conduct your hunger strike there? Then you will certainly get noticed and get the appropriate media attention too.
Anonymous #25558299: Waytha, please don't be silly. A hunger strike in Malaysia will not be of any use. Nobody will be bothered. Instead of wasting your time and energy, please think of doing something fruitful by discussing the matter with Pakatan Indian leaders.
Don't be egoistic, instead be clever and tricky like them and solve your problems in a sincere way. Hindraf must help Pakatan to take over the government first, then demand wisely for Indian rights. This is not the time to show your ego and stupidity.
OMG: Why can't Waytha give the opposition a chance before judging them? Can't he see that in Malaysian politics, priorities for any race are jumped on by others and used to discredit the policymakers? Be smart about this.
Pakatan has promised to tackle poverty. The people you champion for will fall within this category and should benefit from Pakatan's policies.
You can't see the forest for the trees. You know that BN will never be genuine about helping the Indians, especially if PM Najib Abdul Razak is out, and he soon will be.
S Ravichandran: Why will he be drinking water during a hunger strike? Another drama to cheat and deceit the Indian community in Malaysia, I suppose.
We have to believe that any assistance based on race won't help. The 55 years of BN ruling based on race has done its part in bringing destruction to our society.
Think Write: Actually, a hunger strike is a method of non-violent resistance or pressure in which participants fast as an act of political protest or to provoke feelings of guilt in others - usually with the objective to achieve a specific goal - such as a policy change.
Most hunger strikers will take liquids, but not solid food.
Masai Kadazan: Pakatan leaders should beware of the way this whole thing can turn. You have as much responsibility on this matter as Hindraf.
Anonymous #23950223: Indians are the worst lots and if they and their leaders do not understand the significance of the two-party system of check and balance, then they themselves should be blamed for their 55 years of persecution by BN.
And the Hindraf leaders will be blamed doubly as they are supposed to be the enlightened and educated Indians leaders, but now they exposed themselves to being power hungry in asking for seats in the coming election.
Ranjit Singh: Pakatan manifesto is pointed and targeted for Sabahans/Sarawakians: 1) Raising oil royalty from 5% to 20%. 2) Appointment of Sabahans and Sarawakians to lead and hold office in the government. 3) Cleaning up citizenship registry list. 4) Recognition of customary land rights. 5) Raising the level of infrastructure development.
Pointed and targeted for Orang Asli: 1) Preserving Orang Asli customary land rights and welfare. 2) 141,000 hectares of land reserved. 3) Water and electricity supplied to Orang Asli settlements. 4) 5,000 educational scholarships for Orang Asli students.
Pointed and targeted for Chinese: 1) Will recognise the certificate for Combined Chinese Secondary Schools for the purpose of furthering academic admission to higher education institutions.
Now pray tell me or spell out what has been introduced in the manifesto that is pointed and targeted to the marginalised Indian community?
Magnus: Dear Waythamoorthy, you have my respect for what you and your brother and other colleagues have done through Hindraf for the good of all Malaysians.
But please reconsider and refrain from going through with this action as I do not think it will help to get you or any victimised and marginalised Malaysian anywhere that Malaysians really have to get to. God bless.
James Dean: Waythamoorthy, MIC made use of the Indian community and from what I see, you are no different.
You lead them to believe that you can achieve a lot, which may be true in the beginning, but as things unfold, I sensed that you have changed.
The demand for seats in the next GE reveal a great deal about what you are really after. I used to have a lot of respect for the Hindraf leadership, but I now find it hard to convince myself.
Solaris: Admirable, Waythamoorthy. Your strike may carry weight with some people of Malaysia, but I doubt if it will mean anything to either BN or Pakatan. Good luck, all the same.
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