Friday, August 1, 2008

MIC wooing Hindraf, says Samy. No says HINDRAF

MIC wooing Hindraf, says Samy. No says HINDRAF

KUALA LUMPUR: The MIC says that it has been wooing the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) in secret discussions but the group has rejected this claim outright.
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the party had been holding discussions with Hindraf youth leaders in Kedah, Perak and Selangor, which he said went well.
He said the Hindraf leaders realised that the MIC was also fighting to upgrade the living standards of the Indian community.

“Whatever happened in the past, especially in the March polls, is history. We must work together for the betterment of the community,” he said, claiming that some of the Hindraf leaders also regretted supporting the Opposition.

In an immediate response, Hindraf national event co-ordinator Kannan Ramasamy pooh-poohed Samy Velu’s claims, saying none of the group’s 10 coordinators had met MIC leaders.
“Hindraf does not have a membership roll. It is led by P. Waythamoorthy who is assisted by 10 co-ordinators and as far as I know, none of us had met anyone from the MIC,” he said when contacted.

He stressed that Hindraf never regretted convincing the Indians to vote for the Opposition in the March general election, as the move had brought much improvement for the community in some parts of the country.

“We have noted that a lot of improvement has taken place for Indians in the five states led by the Pakatan Rakyat coalition since the election,” said Kannan.
Hindraf national coordinator R.S. Thanenthiran agreed with Kannan, saying the best thing that happened from supporting the opposition was the awareness created on the plight of Indians.


Letter from Supporter : Circus Seeker


Given the most recent trials and tribulations facing us politically and economically, isn't it a wonder that much was spent on fruitless pursuits namely, public discourses concerning oil-prices when, we have roofs above our children in Tamil schools that are in urgent and dire need of repairs?

Notwithstanding reassurances time and again I cannot understand let alone wonder why should a 'specialist' be appointed to examine the butt of a sodomised 'victim', when the exact examination can be carried-out (at the private discretion and witness of qualified staff) by a Medical Officer? Are the powers that be saying that only a specialist automatically and seminally carries more merit normally not found, given thy clinical training and skills, of an MO? Come on children; everybody knows that any doctor worth his salt and legitimate credentials should be able to ascertain if anybody's arse was sexually assaulted/violated/ penetrated using force or otherwise; given his or her stint as a medical student prior to becoming a full-fledged doctor.

In equal measure I am wretchedly appalled if not left wondering further, why haven’t our children who have had their grandparents and parents delivered here, not conferred their Birth Certificates? I am scratching my head for I don’t know how can a girl of Indian origin, born on Malaysian soil, who is already pursuing Form Six given her excellent results in SPM apply for university if, she still doesn’t have proper documents to certify her birth and subsequent studies pursued here? If we have immigrants from across the straits that deliver and send their children to local schools, why then haven’t Indian students whose parents and grandparents borne and raised here, not accorded similar benefits?

Why o why are rural farmers from a particular race or so-called ‘poor’ settlers bestowed ‘annexed’ land, loans, schools, bungalows, skills-centers, air-conditioned libraries and recreational facilities, when another ethnic group had to continually contend and remain complacent with minimum wage plus no government-aided schools for their children? Have the Indians who toiled for the agricultural development of this country been forgotten so soon already? Have the gigantic status given the agro-based industries that formed the backbone of our envied economy become blind to the sufferings and years of hard-work by my people?

Why are we paying so much for products from resources reaped from our own bellies, mainly crude-oil, rice and palm-based cooking oil? If interest rates are raised to curb inflation further, why are prices of consumables on the rise? Especially since Malaysia is an oil and commodities producer?

Why must any independent body worry about conducting thorough investigations with resplendent ethics and dutiful integrity, when the Judiciary can be compelled and coerced into abdicating their responsibilities, in favor of the ‘one-man show’ Executive?

Maybe, just maybe if we forgot about Camrys and Mercedes-Benz C200 Kompressors for state ECs and focus on improving the lives of those marginalized and facing discrimination daily, then maybe just maybe we could get our priorities right.

I strongly urge the government to stop all sandiwara and wayang kulit and think about the 523 tamil schools that sorely need government aid. I am pretty sure now that MIC has jumped onto the bandwagon of assisting the Indians into the 21st century, this must seem trivial to have our needs served.