Malaysiakini Letter

Political drama at the expense of the rakyat

Truly Malaysian  |  Published:  |  Modified:

Everyone chides Hindraf these days but in their heyday after Nov 25, 2007 everyone looked at them from a humane perspective that is now vaporised. After March 8, 2008, everyone settled in but then everything got political later.

We had the dream of Sept 16, 2008 when Anwar Ibrahim failed miserably. Then came the 'hopping frogs' from DAP and PKR that handed Perak over to Umno. Then came the issues of Kampung Buah Pala, the courting of turncoats in Hindraf and now the neverending disputes in Pakatan Rakyat.

Now, of course, we don’t know what is going to happen as Pakatan attempts to hold its fort through their 'mandores' but Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak woes the Indian Malaysians directly as he understands that the MIC or the other parties can no longer act as 'mandores' for the Indian Malaysian community.

In a sense, Najib is actually wiser than those in Pakatan in understanding the needs of society although he is just another Umno elite who cares only for himself and his political survival.

Now I think to myself, why has Najib not approached the real Hindraf leaders? Then maybe, he has already but only because he wants to play politics and hoodwink the community with such efforts that he has been doing in visiting Tamil Nadu and the Thaipusam event.

Boy, he must take the Indian Malaysians to be such suckers in that these efforts of his would appease their frustration at the such uneven policies in Malaysia.

Then, you have the Pakatan leaders playing a similar role in not wanting to deal with the real issues that actually matter but would rather play politics like what Umno has been doing with their subservient allies to benefit only themselves and not the community at large.

I do agree that changes in at least the four states that Pakatan control will not happen overnight but how does it help if they keep on playing politics rather than addressing the needs of the underprivileged in society due to oppressive policies?

If they are worried about the votes, then there is something wrong with their perception of a Malaysian. Malaysiand are not about 'Ketuanan Rakyat', but 'Ketuanan Malaysia' irrespective of race, religion or creed.

Malaysia belongs to all Malaysians and it will be fair and just for the underclass and the underprivileged. If that is not the case, then how did NEP survive since the 1970’s where 50 percent of the civil servants that administrated this well-meant system were non-Malays?

Rather than engaging with the right partners, Pakatan seems to love being on an offensive mode whenever anything is questioned so how different are they from what Umno has been?

I speak as a Malaysian solely interested in enhancing the struggle of our fellow brethren irrespective of their origins and who are caught up in an oppressive system that discriminates based on the ethnicity.

Hindraf in its part of being a pressure group has criticised both Umno and Pakatan yet neither of them would engage the real Hindraf leaders to create a 'Ketuanan Malaysia' that is translucent.

Politically and in policy, the Malays are protected; economically the Chinese are protected whereas the Indian Malaysian and the 'lain–lain' including those in Sabah and Sarawak are forever ignored although they are able to contribute in the equal sense given the opportunity.

So, dear Pakatan and those NGOs who are serious about creating a 'Ketuanan Malaysia', please engage the real Hindraf rather being a chameleon for your political survival.

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