Mute MIC/MCA response to Dr Mahathir’s citizenship scam belies more

The recent admission by Tun Dr Mahathir that he granted citizenship for votes in Sabah 19 years ago is legal and then accusing the late Tunku Abdul Rahman of a worse crime is subversive and treachery. It is very typical of Tun Dr Mahathir to drag others or point fingers at others whenever he is caught for his mischievous racially tainted acts and statements. All and sundry have disparaged his remarks, the MCA and MIC have had only a mute response.

Usually MIC and MCA leaders will be the first to point fingers at DAP and PKR whenever a local council enforcement officer issues unwarranted summons to temples, shrines or anything non Muslim. But when Mahathir said that Tunku gave citizenship to Chinese and Indians illegally and immorally, they had nothing to sat. What Mahathir said is much more serious and rocks the so called social contract that is often quoted by UMNO and Mahathir himself. Could the MIC/MCA be on in this scam 19 years ago?

Tunku was implementing the terms and conditions of the independence treaty and they were also sanctioned by the conference of rulers. Without this provision of citizenship to Indians and Chinese in Malaysia who sacrificed and worked hard for the development of this country the British would have never gave independence. The Chinese and Indian leaders then also agreed to the special privileges to Malays. But Mahathir gave blue IC to illegal immigrants from Indonesia and Philippines to topple and overthrow a legally elected government of Sabah people. Tunku’s motive was noble and nation building but Mahathir’s was evil, wicket and sowed the seed to divide and ruin the nation.

It is such a serious matter that needs speaking up but both MIC and MCA have never rebutted or called for action on what Mahathir said. They should call UMNO to distance themselves from Mahathir. Datuk Seri Najib should say his and UMNO’s position on Mahathir’s statement. Nobody in UMNO/MCA/MIC dare call for action on Mahathir. Had Tunku did not grant citizenship to non Malays then, Mahathir’s father too wouldn’t have got his citizenship. Mahathir’s father came from Kerala India.     

AG’s chamber has charged DAP Chairman Mr Karpal Singh for sedition during the Perak crisis where he allegedly made statements challenging the authority of the sultan of Perak in dissolving the Perak state assembly by saying that His majesty can be sued for it. But Mahathir’s accusation of Tunku and his nefarious action with his G17 group in Sabah is indeed treachery, seditious and crime of highest order. But AG’s chamber or Police could not see the crime and illegally for the past 19 years. Both MIC and MCA has no guts and courage to call for criminal proceedings on Mahathir.

It is the silence of MIC and MCA that allowed UMNO to short change and marginalize the non Malays in all government policies and programs. The parochial and racially slanted summonses of local councils are the effects of BTN and UMNO high handedness. Mahathir’s racial policies have emboldened local councils to act the way they do. So why go after small fries and let go culprits like Mahathir for their blatant racial statements and actions.

In fact what happened in Sabah 19 years is happening in Selangor now.  It may take years to uncover the truth of what really happened in Selangor if there is no change in government at federal level. If MIC/MCA has any self respect and dignity they either change, which is very late and therefore not possible, should make way for others to correct all these years of neglect and alienation. MIC/MCA should stop manipulating people to serve their self interest.

Bad government is elected by people who don’t vote. Malaysians of all races must come in full force and vote for a change to overcome the BN’s money and machinery abuse. GE 13 is an opportunity not to be missed. It’s now or never

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