Archive for October 2011

Deputy prime minister insults Malaysian Indians

October 31, 2011

 

The Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhiddin Yassin during 27/10/2011 Deepavali function in Pagoh said that the BN government has never disappointed the Indian community since independence 54 years ago.  He further added that BN government had succeeded in resolving the various problems faced by the Indian community in this country. Let’s look at the progress made by the Indian community in the past 54 years under the BN rule.

 

1.      When estates were developed into town ship, the estate works were evicted without any compensation and retraining. They become the new slum dwellers on the fringes of major cities without any proper jobs and houses. The community slowly deteriorated into urban poverty and ghetto community with increased crime. Today Indian youths are the highest in prison.

 

2.      Indians who once dominated the academia in local universities were decimated into negligible numbers. The pseudo meritocracy has reduced the number of Indian students entering local universities to 2 to 3 %.

 

3.      Indians employment in civil service was reduced to the minimum and menial.

 

4.      Indian contractors doing road work and civil contracts were slowly squeezed out.

 

5.      Indians once dominated sports especially track and field event were today almost non-existent.

 

6.      In business and trade the exclusive affirmative action for bumiputras has made the Indian businessmen incapacitated. Indians don’t have any financial support programs to support their business activities.

 

7.      The BN government has outsourced all Indian problems to MIC which is weak and small partner in the ruling BN coalition. MIC goons took the government allocation for themselves and keep threatening and instilling false hope that only BN government can help Indian community. The community trusted these untrustworthy fellows till 2008 when they openly rebelled to show the frustration and anger.

 

8.      The percentage of Indian lawyers and doctors and other professional groups fell way behind other community under the BN rule.

 

9.      The indiscriminate influx of foreign workers has further eroded the manual work job opportunities to ghetto Indian communities.

 

Under the BN rule only gangsters, school dropouts, unskilled workers and urban poverty among Indians have increased. BN has diverted the Indian problem to Temples and Tamil schools. Today BN has made turned the Indians into a hamper receiving community. UMNO thinks that by giving a bag of rice they have done great service. Only Indians without dignity and pride will ever support and vote for BN.

 

Indians in Malaysia were decimated into irrelevancy under the BN rule. Yet the deputy prime minister has the guts and gumption to say in a Deepavali function with the presence of Dr. S.Subramaniam minister of human resources and the Johore MIC head that BN has succeeded in resolving Indian community problems. This utterance of Tan Sri Muhiddin yasin may be music to MIC clowns but in actual fact those words are adding insult to the injured Indian community. We should not let UMNO insult anymore.

 

Senator S. Ramakrishnan

 

30/10/2011

 

amar800@hotmail.com

 

 


 

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Hampers and feel good speeches do not impress Indians anymore

October 28, 2011

 

PM visited 4 open houses on Deepavali day 2011. This is quite a feat knowing the busy schedule of a prime minister before rushing to Perth, Australia to attend CHOGM. No other prime minister have bend this much backward to warm up with the Indian community. The deputy prime minister, who is not known to foster warm relations with other non-Malay communities like the prime minister, too has joined in the fray to visit the Deepavali open houses. The mass media carried news on these visits extensively to drive the point home that the government really cares and concerned about the Indian community. This year’s MIC open house was held in the Batu Caves temple compound, something very different from previous years. Looks like MIC too transforming along with the PM’s initiative. Having Deepavali celebration in Batu Caves compound is alright provided the food they served was vegetarian, as this is a temple complex, therefore the visitors must adhere to the norms and sanctity of temple visits.

 

 

 

I hope the prime minister doesn’t stop the fostering of closer ties to Indian community with Deepavali visits, feel good speeches and hamper handout only. All these gestures do not help the struggling and alienated Indian community. They need job opportunities, educational opportunities in local universities, scholarships, small business opportunities and loan facilities. These supports were denied for past 40 years since the launch of New Economic policy in 1971. They were evicted and displaced in ghettos and slums around major towns across west Malaysia. Today the Indian community is infested with low income unable to meet the high cost of living, high school dropouts, gangsters, citizenship problem and fewer business opportunities. The government has turned dump and deaf towards Indian community problems. Indian community problems were outsourced to MIC which is not in any position to help. The anger and frustration of Indian community manifested as Hindraf and they deserted BN in 2008 election. This has become a permanent change in the thinking of Malaysian Indians and not one off as the BN thinks.

 

 

 

Since March 2008 the government is making all effort to comfort the gullible and impoverished Indian community. But the BN government has not addressed the real issue that affects the Indian community. There is no change in policy to solve the Indians community’s problems. The prime minister is going around giving cash handout to certain elite organizations like Indian chamber of commerce, Malayalee association, Telegu association, Divine life society, temple of Fine arts etc. But the Indians in ghettos and slums did not receive any help. These groups only gets hampers, food during festivals and lots and lots of feel good speeches. After 40 years of alienation, the situation is very depressing and hopeless for this ghetto community. They now need affirmative action like the bumiputras to uplift themselves. Corruption, nepotism and presence of millions of foreign workers have driven the ghetto and slum community to become hard poor. But the government statistic will not show their poverty. The bureaucracy is simply incompetent and racial to be inclusive of the economic reality of Malaysian Indians.

 

The BN government hikes up the number of Indians present to create psychological feeling that Indians are returning back. The actual situation is that MIC gives RM50, T-shirts and recycles the same people to make up the numbers to impress PM. Even people owning cars go and receive hampers. MIC is all out supporting UMNO to make Indians a hamper community. MIC could have used this warming up of UMNO to get a better deal for Indians. But knowing MIC which has become subservient to UMNO is incapable to rise up to the expectations of Malaysian Indians. They are a parasite living off the poverty of Indian community. MIC has to be wiped off for Malaysian Indians to stand up demanding their right as citizen of this country.

 

 

 

All impoverished communities must be uplifted in the interest of this country. They can be turned into much needed human resources. Unfortunately the BN government’s short sighted and self centered policies are hindering the economic growth but enriching the UMNOPUTRAS. There is a sizeable number of Malays too in similar situation as Indians in Malaysia. Arise and awake Malaysian Indians.

 

Senator S. Ramakrishnan

 

 


 

Happy Deepavali to all

October 25, 2011

Happy Deepavali

October 25, 2011

I just returned from Sydney attending a forum organized by the Tamil Diaspora. One person from the audience asked a question which I should have answered but was preoccupied with other issues and did not answer. That is bothering me and I want to share with everybody. I thought I will share it with you all and hope it will reach others and I feel relieved that even though I miss the question in Sydney but my response will reach many others. Hope by providence’s grace it will reach the person who asked this question. I have received similar questions especially from the Tamil population in Malaysia too.  

Question; ‘politics is dirty and therefore should be dumped in dustbin and that we should not get involved. This is what I read in books and comments from respected people’. What does the panelist say about it?’ This was the question and two other panelists responded. I should have replied but somehow did not.

My reply would be that politics affects all aspect of our life. Whether we accept it or not political decisions by political decision makers namely the Parliament, state legislative councils and even municipal councils decision very much influence the way we live and the effect of this decisions even get into our minds and bother us. The prices of basic essential items like rice, sugar, etc are all influenced by politics. Our religious freedoms, syllabus content in schools, what is allowed to study in schools are influenced by political decisions. The housing schemes, public transportation systems, job opportunities, scholarships, business opportunities are political decisions. Some of the bills passed like ISA, OSA, emergence ordinance, university and society acts, printing and publishing acts in parliament have far reaching consequences. These acts of parliament bring about fear, anger, disgust and moles our mind. Therefore politics affects our inner self. The crucification of Jesus Christ and assassination of Mahatma Gandhi are about political considerations and nothing religious or spiritual. The emergence of religious bigots and extremism are about political dominance and controlling the hearts and minds of people so that can be in power.   

Therefore the Tamil population must reconcile with this reality and not too concerned about what some arm chair critics say. Tamils all over the world must have more political awareness and participate in the political process of which ever country they live in. They must influence the political decisions both national and internationally. Israel is a small country in Middle Eastsurrounded by their enemies. But they are in control of their surroundings and they have strong presence in the U.S who protects them. They are a minority in their region and in the U.S. too. But they are the most powerful people sitting in the most powerful political decision making bodies. Malaysian Indians always lament that we are minority what can we do? As a community Malaysian Indians and Tamils are ignorant people. They only know how to complain all the time and expect others to give handouts and support when they are in need. But when others are in dire situation the Tamils will look the other way.

Tamils generally bring up their children to become doctors and lawyers etc. They frown and fear upon the thought of going into politics. These actions of good people leave a vacuum for others to occupy political post and therefore the world is what it is. This looking down on politics must change among Indians in particular the Tamils. Tamils are all over the world therefore they must go international in politics. If a Tamil were to head UN, would Sri Lanka get away with war crimes? The atrocities and killing of innocent people would have been averted. We must stop begging and blaming others but on the other hand take-charge of our own welfare.           

One of the culprits who keep Tamils mental poor is the Tamil linguists who prevent the Tamil masses from integrating with the other communities by not learning Hindi. Today they have less influence in Indian federal decisions. They acclaim that their language is their mother and God. Most of Tamil politicians do not have high and noble values but are very profound in their language skills. They use their Tamil oratory skills to keep Tamils from going national or global. Tamil language is rich in noble and spiritual values because of the great contributions from Tamil speaking saints and sages. But the Tamil arm chair critics and politicians will only focus on literary and language and their greatness and totally leave out the noble and spiritual values that need to be emulated from the Tamil saints and sages. Tamils must aspire to be rich in values, realistic and pragmatic and not get drowned in the language greatness. Their language will not save them but on the contrary they save their language.         

Tamil culture places too much importance to temples and religious rituals. Temples and all rituals must be used to build a community with high values. Temples must become community centers that bring together the segregated and cast ridden Tamil population. Temples can be learning and character building centers for the younger generations. All temples must focus on these issues if they truly love the Tamil god and people. Great political leaders must come out of temples to care for the Tamil population all over the world is my humble wish and prayers.   

SRI LANKA MUST BE SUSPENDED FROM THE MEMBERSHIP OF COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES

October 24, 2011

Press Statement – Sri Lanka must be suspended from the membership of commonwealth countries

Trip to Sri Lanka

October 20, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pakatan Rakyat’s Senator visit to Kelantan

October 18, 2011