Friday, April 04, 2008

Mini Hindraf in DAP?

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.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

They are like the old arrogance regime mentality!

Anonymous said...

It is truly sad. Instead of focusing on the issues like those living below the line irregardless of the races, we have seen groups started to come up.

In the end, the message that their so called leader is trying to tell everyone is that they wanted a place up there and used such issue to camoflouge their intention.

Anonymous said...

But DAP only fight for chinese right? It is not stated so but its clear as daylight. Ask any Malay, yes any Malay

Anonymous said...

They have no choice..they have made some many promises to the indians,,,infact their vote in selengor,perak and also to some extent penang...have certain impact..but i do understand writer's concern...we were to strive for more...open democratic society...we should shell out the ethnic garbage...but it is not easy..with the slaying of MIC giant samy velu...in the recent elections....there is power vacum...which left power struggle within MIC and other parties (DAP and PKR)...all party trying to capitalise on it....I doubt that indian problems would be overcomed soon...i will only see emergence of alternative indian party's...which might happend,onse they have consolidate their power...they might break-away from DAP and other party's....it seem race poltics is here to stay for long time

DIASPORA said...

The ones who got into DAP may be the rejects from MIC. Probably they learnt their tricks from following the MIC leadership and their cronies and are now attempting to practise the same old trick with Barisan Rakyat. None of them would have shed a drop of sweat for HINDRAF or BERSIH in reality instead of making convincing loose talk to convince their constituents of their supremacy when compared to the flee bitten MIC fellows around Buntong and such like areas.

PKA and DAP should exercise more caution in selecting such mud headed specimens as their ADUN or MPs or any other position except maybe as Official drivers.

The behaviour of the said Indians is not unique to Malaysia only. They are a greater nuisance in INDIA itself as they all bear relatively the same genes.

The Barisan Rakyat was of course running short of good candidates this time round BUT on the next occasion there will be more mature men and women of compassion to grace the halls of Parliament to represent BR.

Anonymous said...

Wrong again, it is that race is a reality. DAP or for that matter Gerakan is just hypocrite, or more accurately playing a deception game.

Anonymous said...

What is wrong with the politicians, I guess their head are beginning to swell up like the BN folks.......
I think partly the Indians are to caught up with their own background as they still live with the idealogy of races, cast(3 levels of Indians) and arrogances.
Work together my Indian brothers, you guys are not in India now, your blood color is the same as ours, we eat the same food. Work together as Malaysians for our next generations benefit, not for yourself......

Anonymous said...

I would not soon conclude anything...as anything can happend in poltics..The barsian national component party's elections just around the corner...I belive then we can see the next course of action...Given,that oppostion states have majority by thin marjin..(with the exception of kelantan).Though penang,have considerable majority...their alliance with PKR..is still not proven...There is no assurance PKR members will be loyal to anwar...same goes for DAP...as there are lot of new faces...5 years on.....the opposition begins with 5 states.....how many states will go back to BN...by ruthless vote-buying....will the people really see change...even if oppoistion states are willing to do it....lot of projects depend on central govt.....let's wait and see

Anonymous said...

DAP is not a chinese party....as many assume.It's was an off-shoot of the ruling PAP party in singapore,when it left malaysian fedaration.It was founded by a indian devan Nair...who was a passionate union leader....in his later-day's ,he will cross over to sg...eventually become sg's 3rd president....and his constant clash with lee kuan yew....over worker's rights....forced him to vacate from the post of president of sg....he will move to canada,be a constant critic of lee's govt till his death recently....DAP stand's for chinese and indians...in case of malays....or the bumi's...they will be less tempted without their exculsuive rights...so it is not logical for them to be part of DAP...coming to indians...constant infighting within MIC...shattered power-base which DAP and PKR have made some gains...have made them even weaker...in my point of view...There is no one voice for indians anymore,....It's still unclear whether the DAP and PKR indian politicans are able to work togther...there is also possiblity many will cross-over..as the value on the indian polticans have increased...recent reports reveal an indian MP was offered closed to
50 million rinngat....and he rejected it...how many can fight this temption?...will the BN just deliver to the indian community all they seek,without any consequence's...after they had been voted out...call me sceptical...this we will have to wait and see...It is indeed stormy days ahead

Anonymous said...

The mindset of one genaration to another will have significant impact with their social pedigree on a society..some might beg to differ...The theory of evolotion,by charles darwin had clearly indicated this...Let's annalyse the "Indian" malaysian society.First of all there is no race call "indian".Though it's classfied as a race in malaysia and in some other countries.In reality,back in "India" indian is a nationality.There are many distinct races which are far apart without any genetical or lingustic similarity's.75% of india's population consist of Aryan's,who mainly dwell in the North.They are more fair-skinned people with more prominet feauter's (just as sharp nose,blue-green eyes and so on).They are more closely related to people of Iran,Italy, and certain parts of europe.Then they are dravidans,who consist of more wheatish and dark-skin complexion,they dwell in the south and certain parts of central india...Though they have evidence,suggesting this people could be the early Natives of india..their laungauge does not have any smilarity with aryan lauaguages such as sanskrit or hindi....Coming to our malaysian indian population more than 80% of trace their roots from tamil-nadu..which make's up 6 to 7 % of the total population of india.Tamil's can be classified as a minority in India itself...They had been many case's of double-standard's by the central govt in the past...the present ruling govt,however downplayed such scenario by portraying more national approach...There are various caste's in india...Normaly high-caste are rich land-owners and low-caste people who normaly perfrom menial task such as cleaning the toilets,burying the corpse and so on...up till the date there are low-caste people in india...Brtish govt brought in lots of low-caste people to work in their plantaions in Malaya and Africa....To the exception of Sri lankan tamil community,High-caste chettiars (indian-money lenders),indian muslim traders(those deal in some small business as well),Majority of indians in malaysia of low-caste descend...though,in malaysia we don't have the caste system...genrations of isoloations had great impact on the society....With the Govt sectors dominated by the Malays and Commercial sectors dominated by the chinese...Indians have no leverages...Leaders like samy velu,had exploited this by creating monopoly of command and control struture,which was only broken recently...Much need to be done to address this community's woes

Anonymous said...

In the recent electrol result's...the real gainers seems to be Islamicist (PAS),gaining overwhelming majority among the Oppostion party's.The sign's of Islamic inflence is already seen in kedah state.Kedah,which is traditional Umno strong-hold,was lost due to constant monopoloy of croniesim...and the people felt,the best alternative was a religious-based party...coming to the chinese population,The electrol gain's of the penang,is indeed significant step forward,it signifiy they wanted change.Unlike,indians chinese had always made business-sense,not to antagonise the govt..The victory of the DAP,will only reflect chinese wish for change...But will there be change....Guang eng's govt had an uphill task ahead,as many Major project's need approval of the fedral govt...BN always emphaised on the Northen Economic Corrider...or will they make a U-turn and concerntrate on Southern and Eastern malaysia instead...Guan eng's only bet is to play "Trying to be equal,erdicating the NEP Policy" Trump card...which would work to a certain degree....but he can't play this card for too long....recently,they have managed to associate Khairy's Pak lah's son-in-law in a Land scandal...DAP had to be creative....as they know they would not be able to facilate development without fedral govt's autority..CRIME is another factor,which need to be tackled....if the fedral Govt able to convince the penang state that living life-style had detoriated since DAP taken over,in the next election..then they are in trouble..will DAP be able to make a postive change in Penang's...it remains to be seen....As,for the indians..they become more weaker...and more divided...The many indian representation form not one Party...but different party's...will they be able to echo in one voice,this remains to be seen...Report's also reveal,70% of the indians,mostly in Northen malaysia had switch to the Oppostion candidates,,,will there be any consquence of this action?..I belive so...More help,will be given to the southern
malaysian indians...in many indian area's,MIC office had been vacated..leaving little prospect of a return...It will only complicate's the indian problems even further...the oppostion indian politicians have to be more pro-active policy's than staging street protest or hitting at the bumis...what can they do,is remain to be seen?

Bow said...

PIDAC is not asking for special right for Indian community,they just want to be sure Indian plight is effectively noticed by Penang new state government which may overlook past injustice on them. I believe DAP should take that request into consideration after all they are being marginalized for long time under BN.