Today marks the 54th year of Umno denying especially the poor and hardcore poor Indians their long overdue RM1,400.00 minimum monthly wages if not non self employment opportunities.The Indian poor are despite 54 years of independence still viewed as a source of cheap labour to be exploited in pari materia with the Indonesian,Myanmar, Bangladeshi etc workers also by the racist Chinese capitalist.
The British colonial masters set the daily wages for especially the unskilled Indian plantation and general workers and their successor neo colonialist and racist UMNO led One Malay-sian government through for example their giant Sime Darby,IOI,Guthrie etc and many other government and government linked companies (GLCs’) and the racist Chinese capitalist are still implementing near slavery like working conditions.
Even as late as at the Teluk Intan Chitra Powrnami festival on 24/4/11 we were in receipt of public feedback and were personally told by some Indian factory workers and plantation workers that they are paid a mere RM10.00 and RM12.00 per day respectively even by the mostly UMNO and UMNO linked companies.
And last night (30/4/11) at the Parit Buntar Hindraf and HRP dinner in recognition of the 54 Hindraf activists maliciously prosecuted by the racist Umno Attorney General Tan Sri Gani Patail,we were informed by many Indian lorry drivers that they were exploited by the mostly racist Chinese capitalist businesses,companies,SMEs’ etc who keep them as mere daily and monthly wage earners and denied them lorry transport jobs ,contracts and projects.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of especially the Malay-sian state sponsored,UMNO and capitalist Chinese racism to continue segregating the Indian poor from the National mainstream development of what is otherwise the One Malaysia propaganda.
To compound matters and to further depress the Indian poor wages,some 3 million foreign workers have been allowed into Malaysia(NST 28/12/2008 at page 3) by the Umno government.Most of the petty trading and food stall operating self employment opportunies which would have otherwise gone to the Indian poor have been taken up by the Illegal Indonesian,Myanmar,Bangladeshi muslins.
On this 54th Labour day we once again call upon the government of Malaysia to legislate and outlaw racism by way of an Anti Racial Discrimination Act 2011 and the creation of the UK and US model of an independent and impartial Anti Race Discrimination and Equality Commission and halt the”import” of all foreign workers and the provision of equal self employment opportunities as made available to the Malays and Chinese and which is the norm in the Western Civil Societies like in the US,UK,Australia,New Zealand,Canada, Europe etc.
Karunai Nithi@Compassionate Justice