Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Masyarakat India sudah bersedia / Hindraf did it! Indians got it!

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Masyarakat India sudah bersedia melakukan perubahan

Semalam parti kaum India yang terbesar dalam Negara, dan rakan karib Umno iaitu MIC telah mengumpulkan seluruh Pengerusi-pengerusi cawangannya seluruh Malaysia, iaitu seramai 3,700 orang untuk berhimpun di PWTC bagi menghadiri satu persidangan khas. Persidangan tersebut dirasmikan oleh Timbalan Presiden Umno Najib Tun Razak dan disertai oleh pimpinan kanan parti berkenaan termasuklah Presidennya Samy Vellu.

Ada seorang blogger kononnya meramalkan selepas majlis tersebut Samy dijangka mengumumkan perletakkan jawatannya dari kabinet dan akan digantikan oleh pemimpin baru untuk mengetuai parti berkenaan dalam pilihan raya umum nanti. Ternyata ramalan hanya tinggal ramalan. Samy hingga hari ini terus kekal menerajui MIC dan satu-satunya Menteri keturunan India dan dijangka terus mengetuai jentera MIC.

Dalam majlis berkenaan 7 isu utama telah dikenalpasti yang kononnya telah mengakibatkan ketidakpuasan hati dikalangan masyarakat India sejak kebelakangan ini. Antaranya termasuklah penyertaan kaum berkenaan dalam sektor ekuiti, membuka peluang untuk kaum berkenaan berkhidmat di sektor awam, peluang pendidikan yang lebih banyak di IPTA, mempertingkatkan jumlah pemberian biasiswa, memperkenalkan mekanisma lebih efektif bagi membasmi kemiskinan kaum berkenaan di kawasan bandar dan lain-lain.

Kata Samy kerajaan perlu serta-merta menangani isu ini.

Tetapi soalnya bukankah MIC merupakan rakan komponan Umno dalam BN dan sebelum ini Perikatan sejak Merdeka lagi iaitu lebih 50 tahun! Apakah sepanjang 50 tahun itu MIC tidak nampak perkara-perkara ini? Saya percaya hanya setelah HINDRAF berarak di tengah jalanraya tempoh hari, mendedahkan masalah peminggiran masyarakat India, barulah MIC dikejutkan dari tidurnya. Sebelum ini mereka sebagaimana Umno berpuas-hati dengan kuasa yang ada ditangan dan tidak menyangka masyarakat yang selama ini membuta berdiri di belakang mereka akan nanti mengkhianati mereka.

Masyarakat India sudah melihat kelemahan dan ketidak jujuran pemimpin mereka setelah mendapat kepercayaan selama lebih 50 tahun. Kini mereka sudah bangun dan menyatakan mereka mahukan perubahan. BN dan MIC sudah menghidu perubahan sentimen masyrakat India ini, kerana itu Samy, Najib dan lain-lain semuanya mula gelabah.

Jika sentimen kebencian terhadap Samy dan MIC ini berterusan, pengundi India walaupun minoriti di semua tempat namun pasti dapat melarikan undi dari BN dan ini sudah pastilah mengundang bala kepada BN. Bayangkan BN kehilangan 10 ke 15% undi di satu-satu kawasan oleh kerana perubahan angina pengundi India! Itu belum ditambah dengan �swing� pengundi Cina dan undi tradisional orang-orang Melayu yang mengudni pembangkang.

Mungkinkah angin perubahan yang dinanti-nanti itu sudah mula bertiup?

(Semalam saya dijemput berceramah di Sementa di Kapar, kawasan pekan. Dalam gerimis hujan malam itu ratusan pengundi India hadir dan secara terbuka menyatakan kesediaan mereka membawa perubahan kali ini, anda bagaimana?)

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Cakap Tak Serupa Bikin

Hindraf did it! Indians got it!

Hindraf's leaders - P.Uthayakumar, V. Ganabatirau, M. Manoharan, R. Kenghadharan, T. Vasantha Kumar and P. Waythamoorthy, can now smile and celebrate. Their programme had achieved the set objectives for which they had set out to do although the glory will go to MIC; but it doesn't matter as the Indians are the beneficiaries.

Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak had assured Indians that the government would now, after 50 years, finally, address 7 major issues faced by the Indian community. They are:
  1. Greater employment and promotion opportunities in the civil services;
  2. Better educational opportunities in public universities, especially in critical courses;
  3. More scholarships;
  4. Greater access to entrepreneurship training and micro-credit loans;
  5. Equitable participation in the share market;
  6. More effective urban poverty eradication programme; and
  7. Dedicated mechanism to monitor the public delivery services.

Though 5 of them are in detention camp at Kamunting, Taiping, and Waythamoorthy had to remain as a political refugee in a foreign country to evade arrest under the ISA.

All of them - including all those who were mistreated at the recent rally on 25th November 2007, plus all those who had participated to give the rally such an impact - they are the real effective champions of the Indian community because they ultimately cause the government to eat their pride and ego and forced to make promises which are illusory and imaginative.

If the government have such an intention to make good their defects, and want to show they had such intention, the first thing as of now, since it is election time, is affirmative actions, that is, to give more seats in parliament to MIC as a show of sincerity. MIC had only one Cabinet Minister for the past 2 decades.

But to do so, will be to sacrifice others in the BN. Who then would be sacrifice? MCA? No, because Najib and Pak Lah had made similar promises to the Chinese. Gerakan? No, because they too had only one Cabinet Minister.

So, who then? UMNO? That's the only likelihood if the PM and DPM are going to keep their words as promised, as good Muslims shall not lie.

Well, for a start, the promises comes with some conditions. Najib told the Indian community that MIC must re-engineer themselves to stay relevant.

What does this mean?

It must mean that MIC must win all the seats they had previously won to prove that they remain the main representative of the Indian community in this country.

What happen if MIC fails?

Well, lets say all Hindraf's leaders who contested won, they could effectively be considered the new voice and representatives of the Indian community even though they may be contesting only 5 seats.

Then what will happen? Well, UMNO will quietly invite the 5 to join Barisan and MIC becomes a yesterday entity, just like the PPP of SP Srinivasagam.

And the new 5 Indian heroes will champion the Indian causes? Yes and No! They will get the glory of rhetorics and they will be forced to make all sorts of promises which they can't keep as they do not have the effective voice to be heard. They eventually will be what MIC and PPP had been and become subdued, subordinated and submerged.

But will they? Will they forget their principles for which they fought for? Yes, because they will be made rich by the system and they will be riding on the same gravy train as was Samy and his cadre.

Then what? Then, the Indians will have to wait another 50 years, and by which time we will have a new Hindraf, maybe, another new groupings with another new name, such as Indraf, and they will be fighting for the same damn thing. It's call, History do repeat itself.

So, it seems UMNO is the loser this time around? It seems to be!

But will UMNO members get angry and vote for PAS? There is a likelihood if the Malays become disgusted.

Why should they? Because, traditionally, over the last 30 years or so, greater employment and promotion opportunities are only given to them and no others. 99% of the director-generals of public services are Malays; the similar scenarios can be seen in city hall, government-link companies, uniform services and diplomats. All Design-Built- Turnkey contracts are exclusive and only Bumiputera majority-owned contractors can participate, and all Class F contracts are exclusive for Bumiputeras.

So, if let say the PM and DPM are so damn sincere and intend to keep their promises this time around, who will be sacrifice to make way for the extra benefits of the Indians, for everything must sum up to 100%, and if Indians are given an extra 1%, it must come from someone, or from a creed who would have to sacrifice the 1%.

But we can't say the Malays are sacrificing the little? Ya, they are going to sacrifice the little of what they had taken from the others over the last 30 years.

Will it work? Yes and No!

Why? Because the promises are made for election time only and after election we have the UMNO general assembly which will be the time for calls to make changes to the previous status quo, and maybe, a little more of what they don't already have.

Like that also can ah? It has always been so, and will remain so.

But will the people believed it knowing the outcome had always been so? Well, they are fickle minded type and will remain as they always had been, which is why the top leaders dared to so many promises for which they know they need not keep. They also know that they can re-promise, promise to make further more promises, and reinvent past promises.

Are you sure that there is such thing called re-promise and re-invent promises? Ya, go read my news archives of all those promises in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. There are just too many and I am not able to provide the link here. That's why my blog is named after the promisor of broken promise.

Can you just give some links of the articles? Ok lah! read these:

(1), (2), (3), (4), and (5)


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