I refer to the Malaysiakini report M'sian sues UK gov't for 'oppression' . One may think this is a joke and a frivolous or futile attempt. One may ask what about the rest, ie, the underprivileged, the Malays, the Chinese Indian and the 'lain-lain' as they are all equally affected. Others may say this guy is going for the attention, making publicity stunts to gain popularity and maybe with all this noise, the government will keep him quiet by offering some sweetener.
Many questions are posed as to the motive but has any Malaysian ever posed the question that the individual involved could actually doing this for the betterment of our society although it seems such a farfetched notion?
The plaintiff, I presume has exhausted all methods possible to find a remedy either through Malaysian elected officials or recognised bodies on the despairing condition of the majority of Hindus in Malaysia so he avers himself through another way by suing the British government.
Yes, it maybe a futile attempt but it gains attention and maybe that is the agenda. The attention as a whole will not only highlight the plight of Malaysian Hindus but the general public at large too and the governance of the Malaysian government.
The repercussion is enormous in this information age because the suit questions the nuances of the political system that is prevailing in Malaysia today. The suit rolls its dice internationally as opposed to it being swept under the carpet if it had been filed domestically.
Yes, we have very successful Indians and those of the other races in Malaysia but this is not the issue. The issue is the people in general rather than subjective individuals. This suit against the UK basically mirrors the inability of Malaysians to get redress for injustice.
The suit will bring international attention to what actually is the true state of the people of Malaysia, Malay, Chinese, Indian, and 'lain lain' alike. Whether it opens a floodgate or not is not the issue, neither is whether it will be successful or not.
The important lesson to learn is that someone is taking the trouble to do something about it. This is where most Malaysian fails. We always have the 'tidak apa' attitude and are unable to see ourselves as a nation, as an intertwined society. We need to expand our horizons and get out of our cocoons.