Malaysian Indians Today


Umno must stop blaming Indian community

Posted by chaanakyan on January 10, 2008

Kaken | Jan 9, 08 2:48pm

The recent Hindraf rally has shown another failure of the Umno-led government of the past 50 years. But unfortunately, the government does not want to learn the lesson. They blame demonstrators, calling them racists and gangsters.

Is preserving one’s rights considered racist? What about the people who administrate along racial lines? What about those waving the ‘keris’ in the air, shouting ‘Ketuanan Melayu’, threatening to bathe the ‘keris’ with Chinese blood? Clearly, Umno itself is the real racist, not those who try to end racist policies.

According to Article 10 of the Federal Constitution, it is lawful for every citizen to assemble peacefully. Thus, the government’s move against peaceful demonstrators is not just against human rights but also in contradiction to the constitution.

Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak has even asked the Hindraf rally organisers to pay compensation. It is definitely unreasonable as the chaos during the rally was mainly caused by the police’s excessive use force, tear gas and water cannons. The police turned a peaceful rally into a chaotic one. Therefore, it is the government that should pay compensation.

I am very proud of the Indian community which has made history for their ethnic community by exercising their rights, unlike the MIC who are Umno’s servants more worried about their own interests and benefits. Shame on the MIC leaders who fear Umno leaders too much.

The MIC is merely a puppet to mislead Indians and the world community that the Malaysian government is fair to all. It claims to represent Indian Malaysians but in the reality, it does not work at all.

Umno leaders must not continue to blame the Indian community. The government has to abolish their discriminatory policies and apologise to the Indian and Chinese communities for marginalising them since the independence of Malaya 50 years ago.

In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place-Mahtma


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