What the Indian voters rejected in GE12 was basically the Mandorist approach of UMNO. And they rejected it with some vehemence. Mandorist approach, to put it briefly is about, “ powerless and deceitful representation”. MIC is the key Mandore of UMNO. And this is what the Indian voter rejected, UMNO and their Mandores. Lock stock and barrel.
Now compare – what is happening on PR’s side.
Many of the Indian PR reps got together in Penang last week for a retreat to brainstorm why the Indians were deserting PR, in spite of all the nonsense towards them from UMNO. Don’t have to go far. The outcome of the meeting itself tells of the reason. The net outcome was three feeble recommendations. Three bloody feeble recommendations – what a bloody shame! Have a liaison officer for Indian issues, get more involved in the Interlok issue and give more jobs in the States and local councils to Indians. What nonsense, this. How can Pakatan get the Indian votes back with such utter nonsense – a basic strategy worse than the one just rejected by the Indian electorate in GE 12.
The PR reps who met should have been given the authority to come up with the right formula to address the core and chronic problems faced by the Indian poor in a true permanent problem solving manner and then to go out and implement their plan. Instead they can only do what their Mandores counterparts on the other side do. Come up with some ridiculous recommendations. The group does not have plenary powers. They are not empowered. They can do nothing. They are powerless, no different than their counterparts on the other side of the political spectrum.
If PR wants to regain the Indian support, then enough of this kind of nonsense – deal with the problems squarely. Simple isn’t it. However it is my opinion that it is not in PR’s DNA to be able to do this. To me it is so self evident, but there seems to be a total blind spot on PR’s side.
The net of this, is that in time all the Indian votes will desert PR. BN is not going to be the beneficiary of a PR desertion, though they may be hallucinating such. The third alternative, the Human Rights Party has no choice but to grow.
The Indian votes will line up behind the Human Rights Party, it is only a matter of time.
You cannot stop history.
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