In this country, it is a curse to be a minority (Free MalaysiaToday)
From Anak Malaysia, via e-mail
The current arrangement of election and BN political concept circumscribes the democratic process by tacitly endorsing elite ‘power-sharing’ and denying the grassroots meaningful participation in elections, and by extension, nation-building.
In reality, the non-Malays in BN are elected by Malay voters, having long been discredited by their own communities. Meaning the MIC and MCA is voted by the Malay voters, not by their own community, and later they’re placed in the less important portfolios in the government.
The worst is, these non-Malay ministers are made to listen to their master Umno. They will never object even if the rights of the minority are compromised. An example is the president of MCA who recently said Umno is not racist…it is Perkasa which is racist.
It truth, both are the same. Chua Soi Lek tried to defend his master. In the past, when Umno tried to aggressively make constitutional amendments to favour the Malays, the MIC and MCA did not object.
And it has strengthened Malay dominanance, e.g. the 1988 amendment to empower the syariah court once for all denied the rights of the minority to get a fair trial on conversion cases.
If a brave one speaks out in favour of the minority, he will be immediately penalised as breaking the rank, or he will be forced to make a statement in reversal of the earlier statement… that is the magic power of the master Umno.
In the case of Hindraf/HRP, we are saying loud and clear that HRP candidates are solely selected by Indian voters or whoever supports us on the basis of our fight against racism.
The chosen candidates are bound to the voices of the voters, thus he will bring the real pressing issues of the Indian to the state and parliament level.
If the rights of the majority Indians in state or federal level are seriously compromised, HRP candidates will have the guts to pull out from the state in protest as a last resort, which in turn puts pressure on government to consider an amicable solution.
In this nation, the minority and powerless segment of the Rakyat often become the victim of oppression because decisions are always made from the view point the majority.
That is why the minority should be given protection…but the current system does not bother about the sufferings of minority Indians.
Kampung Buah Pala was demolished and Tanjung Tokong of Malays residents seem to be safe now. Why? Because the the adun and DCM did not push hard to retain Kampung Buah Pala. They compromised the interest of the minority Indians for the majority interest.
In this country it is a curse to be a minority, especially the Indians. Instead of giving them protection, they are often oppressed, be it at the state or federal government level for past 53 years.
It is very sad that in this country, when we cry against racism we are in turn accused of being racists, because the powers that be want to camouflage their wrongdoings, and their media can manipulate fair grievances into ‘perkauman and keterlaluan’.
Hindraf/HRP’s prime agenda is to fight racism and put the working class Indian into the national main stream development. I think time has ripe to push hard to equal rights, because governments around the world are trying stop racism.
In a complete reversal of events in recent days, we hear more painful words being spewed out, asking us ‘to balik Cina or India’.
That shows how desperate the country in need for a campaign such as ‘say no to racism’. Let’s hope for a better Malaysia after this coming GE13.
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