Friday, September 25, 2009
Makkal Sakti Malaysia (PMSM) to HINDRAF.
PMSM is headed by one Thanethiran, formerly a coordinator for the
HINDRAF movement briefly during the height when HINDRAF leaders were
in ISA and in exile. There is a clear distinction between the
objectives of both organization as one is political and the other a
PMSM of course being a political party has chosen itself to align to
BN for their speedy registration as a political party but HINDRAF
remains an "illegal" non partisan NGO with its sole objective to voice
the truth and question any political power whether it is BN or PR for
the voiceless and defenceless society.
In the forefront, HINDRAF addressed the issue of the Malaysian Indian
marginalized state of affair and will continue to champion the same
cause, but eventually it will transpire for the community as what it
seeks is just and fair under the current scenario.
The apartheid concept that is practiced against the Malaysian Indians
need to be confronted and dealt with as this society has regressed to
an underclassed society due to the practice and policies of the UMNO
led government. HINDRAF does not need to be a bedfellow with either BN
or PR to achieve this but be truthful to its cause.
The public need to understand as an NGO, our battle is with the
policies and status quo that is implemented either by the BN or PR.
The divergence of race, religion and creed is always used and
manipulated by politicians to create the animosity within the public.
That has been the standard operation either whether it is BN or PR.
They never seem to learn or they just underestimate the capacity of a
Malaysian for all the fictitious political will.
What HINDRAF seeks is the truth, reality and awareness should emerge
in our conscience individually irrespective of the origin and an
opportunity for all in the socio-economic development for all
Malaysian in a fairly and just manner.
Many political parties come by, but the objectives ends up being self
serving for individual battle and glory but never for the goodwill of
the public. HINDRAF believes that only when we individually in a non
partisan way can revolt through our awareness for our surrounding for
the truth and betterman of the society, will we be able to get rid of
the unbalanced and prejudical operations of system through fear and
favor against our own Malaysians.
HINDRAF and PMSM are world apart in their objective and only time will tell.
Certain quarters are deliberately linking HINDRAF with Parti Makkal sakthi with the view to confuse
our supporters into believing that HINDRAF is now a toool of BN. No doubt that Parti Makkal Sakthi
is currently led by our former National Coordinator but I have no part with this political party and
will never allign myself with BN which is led by UMNO, the main force behind the oppression
suppression and marginalisation of Malaysian Indians.
HINDRAF’S affliance is for the society’s need to understand and comprehend the
truth to create an objective society for the goodwill of the society
in whole in an unbiased stand.
P. Waytha Moorthy
Hindraf – Chairman
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 — The invitation card is glossy, in…
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 — The invitation card is glossy, in gold colour and of superior quality, in keeping with the VIP who is guest of honour at the Oct 10 launch of the new kid on the block — the Parti Makkal Sakti Malaysia.
The VIP will be Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who appears to be signalling that he is not going to solely depend on Barisan Nasional (BN) stalwart parties like the MIC and MCA to reach out to the non-Malay communities.
He will launch the new Indian-based party formed by former leaders of Hindraf at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park in Serdang next month in a strategy which bears similarities to his father Tun Razak Hussein's move in the 1970s to welcome more political parties into the establishment fold.
For this reason, it is significant that Najib is launching the party which received recognition from the Registrar of Societies in a “matter of weeks” on May 11.
His presence indicates that in the changed political landscape after March 8, 2008 which saw BN allies like the MIC, MCA, Gerakan and PPP fall like tenpins, Umno is finding and creating new allies.
Leaders of the new party have already pledged to campaign for BN in the upcoming Bagan Pinang by-election.
With MIC's and even the PPP's failure to reform and reinvent under Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu and Datuk M. Kayveas, Umno may well be searching for new partners. The Makkal Sakti party could well play such a role.
A lot is riding on the party formed by former Hindraf national co-coordinator R.S. Thanenthiran, 47, who is president.
The party has yet to make an impact but Thanenthiran said it has been working quietly to recruit over 50,000 members, getting the divisions established and setting up best practices.
“We made an impact at Kampung Buah Pala trying to save it from demolition. The Indian community knows about it,” he said.
He says Najib’s presence is an honour but claims that the party is independent and only wishes to serve the people.
“The Prime Minister is launching our party and we are honoured but it does not mean we have lost our independence,” Thanenthiran told The Malaysian Insider.
“We are working together with him as partners… we walk together for the benefit of the Indian community,” he said.
“It is true the BN did not do much for us in the past 52 years but the Pakatan Rakyat has done even less for us in the past two years,” he said.
“BN under Datuk Seri (Najib) is beginning to do for the Indians in major areas and we welcome it. We want to work with him to get a fair share of the nation's resources,” he said, giving reasons why Najib was invited to launch the party and open the annual general meeting.
“We invited Selangor Chief Minister (Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim) to open a culture night the same day but he declined,” Thanenthiran. “We tried… you can’t blame us.”
Najib’s decision to launch the Makkal Sakti party is a milestone in Indian politics in Malaysia.
It not only suggests the increasing irrelevance of the MIC, but also sidelines the many Indian-based NGOs that claim to be offshoots of the Hindraf movement, including the yet-to-be registered Human Rights Party headed by lawyer and Hindraf founder P. Uthayakumar.
Having the ear of the Prime Minister is a major boon for the Makkal Sakti Party which has asked Najib to act on three main areas of concern for the Indians.
These are turning all 543 Tamil schools into fully-aided schools, 10 per cent Indian recruitment in the civil service and at all levels and socio-economic help to uplift the Indian urban poor.
Thanenthiran said Najib told them to give him two years to act on these issues. “You all watch what I do,” Najib told them, according to Thanenthiran.
The MIC for them is already irrelevant.
“We won’t be here if the MIC had delivered,” said A. Waythamoorthy, the former Perak Hindraf co-ordinator who is deputy president.
“If they had delivered there would not have been a Makkal Sakti movement in the first place, no 2008 tsunami and we won’t form a new party,” he said.
The party would also actively campaign for the Barisan Nasional in the Oct 11 Bagan Pinang by-election because leaders feel it is a BN-ruled state and another PR or independent win would not make any difference for the Indians.
“In Bagan Pinang we want to show we can bring Indian voters for the Barisan… it is an acid test for us,” Thanenthiran said.