The latest initiative taken by Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the De Facto Leader of the opposition in voicing his concern for Tanjung Tokong is definitely welcomed but HINDRAF is surprised and disappointed that he chose to observe silence in the Kg Buah Pala issue.
The rhetoric of every Malaysian is “Anak Saya” seems very shallow now when no voice was heard from him as the Leader of the opposition party in the Kg Buah Pala issue.
Dato Seri Anwar, stating that the land issue comes under the purview of the state authority have urged the authorities, UDA and residents> to discuss and address the issues of compensation, resettlement and preservation of the heritage value, but why did he stay silence on the Kg Buah Pala issue? Didn’t the state authority have the power then to preserve Kg Buah Pala or the Indians are so insignificant in the opposition’s Malaysian agenda?
The residents of Kg Buah Pala is as much as a citizen of Malaysia as anyone else and they had fought tooth and nail by themselves to preserve their land only to be manipulated by the obstinate approach and attitude taken by the opposition led government in Penang with their endless spin along with the Developer.
HINDRAF although had urged the Malaysian Indians to throw in their support for the opposition in hope of a change, it is now seems quite transparent that the Malaysian Indians have again been short changed with the double standard practiced by the opposition similar to what had been done to the Indians over the last 52 years by the facist BN led government.
On March 8, 2008, the public in unity had made the change to ensure that the opposition will step in and ensure that the public interest is taken care for rather than feeding its own political agenda and survival according to the segment of the society as what has been the ruling government’s modus operandi.
The path created by the opposition leader in having selective process in dealing with different segment of the society leaves the the masses of the Indian society in such a precarious position on whom to trust as in reality nothing have changed for them. The selective process exercised by the De Facto leader as seen in this case sets dangerous precedent for the actual objective of the opposition leader who has portrait himself to be working for all Malaysian irrespective of their origin.
Notwithstanding the biased approached taken by the opposition against the Malaysian Indians, HINDRAF is in full support of any pro-active action taken by the state authority to safeguard Kampung Tanjung Tokong for its historical value although it failed in Kg Buah Pala.