In Malaysia, being banned is NOT necessarily a bad thing. It can mean that you’ve done something right.
That the authorities have taken you seriously enough, which means, your actions had an impact on the axis of power, and therefore, you deserve a ban.
You need to “get out of their way”, as you are challenging them to be accountable to this nation. All they have is the ‘power’ to ban. But YOU, you’ve irked them even in their sleep.
It does not matter that HINDRAF had made it clear that they “did not and will never insult their Malay brethen”.
Of course HINDRAF detractors think they have succeeded. For example, UMNO can continue to claim it’s the best bet for the Malays, so can MIC or Sammy Vellu claim he’s finally got some value.
So DPM Najib Tun Razak can say “his dream came true“.
But a ban on HINDRAF? Only in the government’s illusions. You can’t ban HINDRAF from the people’s minds, or hearts, or even history.
As long as the majority rules, uses its ethnic group to advance their political leaders, minority groups like HINDRAF will mushroom everywhere.
Just wait and see.
A ban sometimes bring struggles together, in stronger solidarity, to fight a common and bigger cause. So shall we say THANKS to Syed Hamid Albar the un-Homely Minister?
Well, in Malaysia, a ban is almost like a reward. So, well done HINDRAF.
But what does HINDRAF do now, people ask? Change its name? Go underground? Re-register?
It can do many things. But it should NEVER stop struggling for what it believes in, whether there is a ban or not.
HINDRAF, let’s celebrate! And to HELL with the HINDRAF ban!