Senator Dr. Ramakrishnan, August 3 2011|
The appointment of MIC president as a full minister seems to be a
sweetener but what the community needs and wants is treatment and
medicine. The MIC president full minister will be surrounded by civil
servants from one race who do not know and care about the Indian
community. In the recent JPA scholarship issue, despite the prime
minister’s offer for more places to other races, the civil servants
refused to abide by the prime minister’s decision. Therefore if the
prime minister really want to uplift the Indian community he need to
appoint more Indians in decision making post in more ministries and not a
full minister in prime minister’s office.
MIC may pass any number of resolutions. But how many of them are
taken for discussion and later implementation by the UMNO led
government. What good are these passing of resolutions? The prime
minister made it clear to MIC request that you deliver first then we
will deliver. Indians vote for BN first then BN will take care of
Indians. Despite the loyal support by the Indian community for the past
50 years, Malaysian Indian community were marginalized and left behind.
Malaysian Indians form 7% of the population but our corporate wealth
ownership is 1.2% in 2011 which was 1.5% in 2000. Whereas Malays 19.5%
and Chinese 38.4%. Malays own more if we take all the government
economic ownership which is all for Malays to benefit from. Many
economic programs were announced for Indians to achieve 3% corporate
wealth. What happened to all those programs?
MIC seems to exist solely to deliver Indian votes to UMNO/BN. They
take good care of Indians only during election period with hampers,
dinners, entertainment shows and empty promises but once UMNO/BN gets
the vote, they never turn back to help Indians. MY-Daftar program and
My-skill program are all given after the Indians turned away from
UMNO/BN during 2008 elections. Why can’t the government grant automatic
citizenship to permanent residents who had been residing in Malaysian
since pre-independence year and those born in Malaysia after
Independence but had remained under the stateless category?
commitment to uplift Indians will make the difference and not Najib
alone. UMNO leaders are racist of the highest order. UMNO insist on
using INTERLOK as textbook but MIC delegates were bar from discussing
the issue. UMNO only want the Indian votes but don’t care about Indians
dignity and pride. Therefore the only valuable weapon we have is the one
vote which must be denied to UMNO led government. UMNO divides the
people into races and rule by micro managing the different races.
Malaysian Indians must once again tell UMNO enough is enough of empty
promises and racial and religious marginalization. We want dignity and
pride and not remain begging to UMNO. The greatest service a Malaysian
Indian can do to Indians is to register as a voter and vote.