Press Statement on Attempt to win votes in the name of helping is no help to Indian community, Dr. Chua
Attempt to win votes in the name of helping is no help to Indian community, Dr. Chua
The Star newspaper reported today (16/11/2011) a statement by MCA president Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek that I should apologize to the Indian community for saying that they can be bribed. For the benefit of readers the article written on 5/9/2011 is attached below.
The write up focused on the attempt by MCA president to give out cash handout to Indian Temples and other places of worship purely for the purpose of winning votes. It focused on Dr Chua’s attempt to bribe Indians to secure votes. The article did not mention anywhere that Indians can be bribed. But it says that MCA is targeting the poor and gullible to fish for votes. But Dr Chua Soi Lek for his political despondency and expediency has turned the issue as though I said that Indians can be bribed. This very statement by the MCA president clearly shows that he is more concerned about winning Indian votes than helping them. How does organizing more Deepavali function to celebrate uplift the Indian community? The Indians and Chinese communities needs to recover and regain their political rights lost to UMNO with the support of MCA and MIC. They don’t need your charity but equal opportunity for them and their children and their grandchildren to live with dignity and pride as citizens of this country. MCA and MIC have together sold the Indians rights to UMNO for MIC and MCA survival. That was the issue discussed in the article.
The Star report also mentioned Dr Chua saying that the purpose of the MCA going all over the country to visit the Indian community was to help them solve their problem. Thank you much for your concern Dr Chua. But giving cash handouts to temples and its associated NGOs will not help the poor Indians who need a decent job with decent salaries, proper education in schools for their children, places in University if they do well and technical training if they don’t do well in schools. Can MIC and MCA provide these basic human rights which are long denied to the Indian community by Barisan National? I am prepared to challenge Dr Chua on this matter anywhere anytime. MIC and MCA watched and allowed UMNOPUTRAS to erode the rights and blocked the economic growth of Indians and other communities.
Dr Chua is also reported saying that BN component parties had always defended the welfare and rights of the Indians in Sungkai despite having lost the state seat in the last general election. Can the MCA president spell out what are the welfare and rights that the MCA and MIC had fought and regained for the Indians in Sungkai and other areaas? Before PR can fulfill their promises Barisan National has snatched back the state through back door and devious means. Why the sudden interest on the Indian community now? MCA has never organized Deepavali function and provided handout on this scale before. Malaysian Indians can see through your political motives in providing cash generously to temples. Therefore it is not me who should apologize but the MIC and MCA leaders like your good self whom the people trusted for 54 years should redeem what is lost. Can you Dr Chua?
MCA president is busy buying Indian votes because Chinese votes are not for sale.
The MCA president is frequently reported in the main stream newspapers busy giving out cash handouts to Indian and Chinese temples and its related NGOs like Hindu society. Yesterday it was reported in Tamil papers that Dr. Chua Soi Lek gave away RM141000 to 17 Hindu temples and Hindu societies in Tanjong Malim parliamentary constituency. Dr Chua was also reported in earlier days, giving out cash handout to Hindu temples, Chinese temples and Indian churches in Labis constituency. It’s heartwarming to see the MCA president handing out cash generously to religious institution. But these cash handouts are needed by people who are alienated and marginalized urban squatters and not the religious institutions which will be taken care byprovidence itself. The MCA president seems to opportunistically use the poverty of rural Indians for his political expediency. Such handouts will make these rural people dependent on BN. This is great service of MCA president to Indian community.
The Indians were long marginalized and deprived by the BN government need job opportunities, scholarship and higher education facilities and small business opportunities in local councils and government agencies and inclusive government policies. These are the urgent needs of the Indians and not cash handout to temples. The Indian community needs to recover and regain their political right as citizens of this country which has been steadily eroded by BN with the support of MIC. By offering cash handout out to Indian temples while simultaneously supporting UMNO racist policies, is Dr. Chua trying to keep Indians under the thumbs of UMNO. In offering cash to temples does Dr. Chua has the best of intentions for Indians or is this one form of bribery to entice Indian vote for MCA? Looks like Dr. Chua is bribing the Indian god to secure Indian votes because the Chinese votes are not for sale.
The way MCA president disbursing cash is clearly targeted at getting Indian votes in MCA constituency. Money handout by MCA starts much earlier than the actual election dates. Cash and goodies flows all the year round for BN parties. Only SPR cannot notice the cash handout. It is clearly visible that, after the 2008 elections, UMNO has lost confidence in MCA and MIC to secure the Chinese and Indian votes. The Prime Minister has appointed special officers reporting directly to him to reach out to Chinese and Indian voters with handout on their own. UMNO operates as though they don’t need any other component parties. UMNO can disburse cash themselves. They don’t need Chua Soi Lek to distribute their cash. But Chua Soi Lek needs to show gullible voters that they are also powerful and they too have cash to distribute.
As the saying goes that some things never change. UMNO cannot be reformed therefore it has to be removed. MCA and MIC hangs on to UMNO for their own survival and keep bribing and giving false hope to their members that all are well and good. If MCA and MIC have any pride and dignity for themselves and their party, they should stop bribing voters to vote for UMNO. The stakes are high for MCA president to get his son Chua Tee Yong to be appointed as a minister after the next election. After all MCA and MIC are all about what is in it for them. That’s what these disbursements of cash are all about. Throw in small fish to catch big fish.
From the desk of Senator S Ramakrishnan
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