Reported in Malaysiakini.com:
"The Penang Dap Indians want the state government to immediately establish a high powered state-level council that would function as a one-stop agency to manage all issues and matters pertaining to Indian affairs in the state.
Under the proposal, the council; namely the State Indian Development and Advisory Council or Pidac, would handle, deliberate, consider, manage, propose and make recommendations on all issues and matters pertaining to the Indian community interests, rights and benefits to the Pakatan Rakyat state government.
This encompasses issues and matters pertaining to the community's political and socio-economic interests and rights such as Tamil school, education, student, scholarships, religions, employment, government tenders, appointments to and functions of Indian based government bodies, and state awards and titles."
Just when we thought the Malaysian public is ready to take a path not previously taken - the racial road, the Penang Dap Indians have called for the establishment of a special committee on Indian rights. Before that, in Perak, Buntong Assemblyman A. Sivasubramaniam resigned and then retracted over the decision to appoint only one Indian exco.
It is not wrong for the state government to look into the needs and rights of the Indian community but also the rights of other communities as well.
This call is no different from the claims made by several Malay groups to respect and uphold the NEP. We know that this demand is precarious if the Malays are serious about uplifting the living standards of their own community.
The Penang Dap Indians must be mindful that if their suggestion is taken up by the state government, other communities will make similar request.
The end results is not going to be very much different from what we found in BN. For a start, there should not even be a Penang Dap Indians branch separate from the rest. If Dap is serious about its "Malaysian Malaysia" ideology, there should simply be one Dap the Social Democrats.