PM Najib in his address to the Indian community at the 1Malaysia Deepavali Carnival in Klang last night said that the government will strive to ensure that the Indian community will have a better future. He went further to say that “there must be a feeling that the Malaysian soil is the place of birth of all races”.
What Najib said has been said repeatedly by other leaders and including the MIC leaders themselves. This statement is nothing new and I can assure everyone that the same statement will be uttered many times more by our leaders as GE gets closer.
I have been writing about the plight of the Indian community in some earlier postings because I can claim that I know them better than most Malaysians. You know, I grew up among Indian neighbors (my father being a government servant, and we live in a government quarters in a predominantly Indian neighborhood) and I can even tell you their likes/dislikes, cultural and social sensitivities. That is the sort of attachment I have for my Indian friends and if one does not have such an attachment, one cannot claim to have understood the Indian community.
Leaders can say what they want, promise them the sky even, but I know in the end the promises made are either unfulfilled or merely ‘pulling wool over their eyes’. I have seen this being said and done many times and that is why I say the Indian community in this country is the most marginalized community, and neither their own leaders care about it. I am not blaming the former MIC boss Samy Velu for this, but him having been at the helm of the MIC for umpteen years should have ensured his community deserve better treatment and to save them from their economic and social doldrums’.
Now, have anyone had a look at the schools in the estates? Have anyone walked into their estate homes, talked and sat over meals with them? Have anyone bothered to ask whether their earnings are sufficient to maintain their growing families? Have anyone bothered to do a study as to how many of their children get to receive a tertiary education? There are many more ‘haves’ that I can write about, but suffice for me to say that the Indian community, particularly those living in the estate will continue to remain in the form that they have been all these years. I can only say, “Wake up to the realities facing the Indian community, and stop making any more promises”.
To PM Naijb, he ought to visit the estates more often in his meet the people session; not just meeting them at the Community Hall that are been given an instant facelift, and to utter more promises, if he seriously believe that the Indian community are Malaysians as well.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION