We can always count on Haris Ibrahim for the latest news on important issues like this!
But like this ONE (though not so alike), I, too, have NOT changed my mind about HINDRAF. The Malaysian Indians are a minority, their basic rights must be protected and promoted, not trampled upon. The same goes for the Indigenous, women and children.
It is NOT the same however, when a dominant group like UMNO wants to grab everything within (and without) their optic range. Don’t look far. Who gets to decide the Prime Minister of a country with 23 Million people? 2,000 UMNO goons. Now tell me if that is NOT greedy.
There are still stubborn people who believe in the rights of the dominant group to trample over others. Because probably they stand to gain from such associations. Who gets to gain anything from the minorities? Perhaps just their hospitality.
Remember, you can’t even get that from the dominant group’s OPEN HOUSES. Remember what happenned to HINDRAF when they went over to present the Prime Minister with a teddy bear and roses, from the hands of a six year old? Yeah, they get busted.
For those who think the dominant group is GOD, we leave them to their right to do so. But keep in mind where the lines are drawn between us and such creatures. But for those who want to know more about minority rights, however, go here. It says:
We believe that recognition of minority and indigenous peoples’ rights is crucial to establishing and maintaining just and peaceful societies.
There’s also an Independent Expert on Minority issues in the UN, and her job is outlined here. But excuse me, those areas of concern does not refer to “dominant” groups, ok. And currently, there is a UN Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva from 15-16 December 2008.
And what does Malaysia, who is a member of the UN (for 3 consecutive years) does to HINDRAF, a minority group?
I will think of them this Deepavali as I celebrate the occassion in Bangkok with my Nepali and Indian friends. There are some great photos of Uthayakumar in court yesterday in this blog: National Express Malaysia.