Betrayal, Forgiveness and Politics
I am posting this to dispel misconceptions about me leaving the MIC presidential dinner on Friday, the eve of the MIC AGM. I wish to categorically state that I left the dinner because I was unhappy that a former deposed MIC leader, who had worked hard to destroy the party and its leadership, through a Tamil newspaper was seated at the VIP table of the said dinner. A few other MIC leaders were asked to sit at different tables. AND THAT IS NOT AN ISSUE FOR US.
I also wish to clarify that I am not hard-up to sit at the VIP table, although it would have been an honour. Any table will do for me, even if it was outside the hall. Yes, I am the party information chief but I do not expect a red carpet treatment or a place at the main table of the dinner.
My contention is that, what message are we trying to send to party members by asking the former MIC leader, who had gone out of his way to tarnish the party image and more importantly image of the president, to sit at the VIP table.
Even at the same dinner last year, I was not at the VIP table. But I did not walk out. I was also at that time the MIC information chief. But having a different table at that time did not irk or make me angry.
Here is a man, who now says that he only realised that Hindraf was not a religious movement and that the organisation had political motives, three days before the March 8, general elections.
If that is so, why did "his Tamil newspaper" three days before the polls, run a front page story, quoting Tun Mahathir as saying that the party and the president had done nothing for the community. Two days before the polling of the general election the paper once again ran a front page story hitting out at the MIC chief and the party as a whole.
The question of whether he realised Hindraf was a religious organisation or otherwise does not arise. We all knew what Hindraf was fighting for. They said what we in the MIC could not. They voiced several grouses faced by the community, although some demands could be termed as overzealous.
Even if Hindraf was not a religious organisation and had ulterior motive, does that give the right for someone, especially a party elder, to ridicule the party and more importantly the president.
It is easy to forgive some people for things they had done in the past but for me, forgiveness is based on the sin committed. Sometimes, some actions are unforgivable!
The same leader, at the general election, choose to campaign for another leader of a BN component party in Perak. Never did he once, canvas for votes, where MIC had its candidates. That speaks volumes of a man, who now claims that the plight of the community comes first and that unity in the party should prevail at all times.
If this is so, then he should have worked with us instead of working against us. Please sir, do not at anytime use this party for your own political gains and mileage. The community's interest and welfare should come first at all costs.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Yes, I Walked Out
Yesterday, on the eve of the MIC General Assembly, I attended a
dinner hosted by the party President. I was given a seat at a table,two tables away from the VIP table. This is fine with me. To me the sitting arrangement does not matter at all. What irked me was the main table comprised all top party leaders, except me and YB
Devamany, who are both deputy ministers. I am the party information chief. But the sitting arrangement was such that a deposed MIC leader, who in my view played a vital role in the downfall of the MIC via a Tamil daily, was seated at the main table.
Now, politics is such that when your someone attacks your president, regardless of your stance, you should defend the party head. And this is what I did last year, earning the wrath of this certain leader, who used a Tamil newspaper, to start a smear campaign against me and several other MIC leaders. My question is, is this the kind of politics we practice?
Yesterday fight and today kiss! I don't subscribe to this kind of politics although some senior MIC leaders do it for reasons only known to themselves.
I defended the party and its leaders against this man but today, he sits at the main table
gobbling the food while we, who defended the party, take a back seat.
This is why I walked out. Its disgusting gutter politics, if you ask me.
I have been a strong proponent of unity in the community but
sometimes some people are not just worth it.
It is better to leave
them out for the sake of the majority. They put the interest of
themselves above all.
I know I will earn the wrath of the president for my act last night, but I stand by it. I may lose all positions I have now, but it just does not matter as it is a matter of pride and principle. Keep u guys posted on the latest.