In our over-enthusiam to reject anyone or anything ‘racist’, are we becoming like the cops who target merely Indians at roadblocks in order to quash the Hindraf (Hindu Rights Action Force) rally tomorrow? Read Malaysiakini.
A rally is a rally. Anyone can do it. And if we support the three freedoms – freedom of expression, assembly and association – we must allow the rally – whether it is called by UMNO, Bersih or Hindraf.
However, we can have our reservations whether we want to support the rally’s issue or not.
Other than those good for nothing politicians and corrupt police force, it’s strange that I find “learned” individuals asking Hindraf to cancel their rally. Like….who do you think you are? To me, this is being very self-centred, myopic and totally against the spirit of Bangsa Malaysia that those same people are crowing about.
Aren’t Malaysian Indians Bangsa Malaysia as well? Don’t their problems affect all of us? From marginalisation, oppression and demolishment of temples and eviction, we are as much affected as our Indian brothers and sisters. Because, it we dont help them stop this rot and cruelty, tomorrow it will be our houses, our villages, our temples and churches.
I agree that asking Hindraf to call off the rally is hyocrisy at the highest level. Accusing Hindraf of being racist in its content is riding yourself on a moral high ground of your own delusions.
Why, this is exactly the kiasu BN’s argument for applying security and sedition laws on our people. And we are buying into their archaic ideas with open arms. Don’t let the kiasi BN’s weapon of fear perpetuate its power on our weak minds. Break free from the shackles of fear, people. And see the world beyond colors that the BN has painted infront of us for the longest time.
I will support Hindraf’s call for social and economic equality based on the fact that Malaysian Indians are ethnic minorities in this country. Being minorities they are deprived of every possible oppotunities, from politics to social to eonomics.
It’s wrong to ask Malaysian Indians not to rally for their own plight, just as it is wrong to ask the Orang Asli or the Indigenous peoples in Sabah and Sarawak not to fight for their own lands.
The right thing to do for all Malaysians is to join the rally organised by Hindraf and make it a Malaysian affair. That was what happenned to other causes as well, for example, the fight to preserve mother-tongue language by the Chinese educationists. For the longest time, they were called racists as well and accused of sedition and threat to national security and what not.
Fortunately though, reformasi took place and others begun to see this struggle as after their own hearts. I remember even the Tamil language educationists and supporters, including Malays who were educated in Chinese vernacular schools joined the movement. During the height of reformasi and even until now, PAS supporters rallied behind the Chinese movement in order to stand up against the oppression of the government. You can call this PAS taking advantage of the situation for its own political mileage, but you can’t deny that their presence at every rally for mother-tounge education did send a strong message to the BN kiasu government.
And that is how we must view the Hindraf rally. It is a stand and a fight against oppression and dictatorship by the government. It is an issue that trancends race, religion, social status and whatever mental,physical or emotional barriers that limits the human spirit.
Questioning lead Hindraf rally organiser, Uthayakumar’s reputation and accusing it of being tainted by pro-Mahathir supporters annoys me beyond words. Like as if Mahathir was an “angel from the highest heavens”. Everyone’s tainted as far as Malaysian politicis goes. But the rally is about the people, not about some pathetic individual or leader.
I am wishing the Hindraf rally tomorrow all the best, just as I did for Bersih. Show the BN kiasu government that you are not afraid to stand up for your rights. Whether you are 4,40,400,4,000 or 40,000 – any rally or gathering of people’s power will put the BN government to shame.