Sunday, 16 February 2014

"Indians Are Their Own Worst Enemies"

Helen Ang has kick-started a very interesting (at least to me) topic about the plight of Malaysian Indians.

It all started out because an FMT reporter had a go at Waytha Moorthy, the chairman of HINDRAF or Human Rights Party.

To be fair, I am not impressed by how Narinder Singh manages to come off sounding patronising and condescending, by calling Waytha a waterboy and the "sole Indian fool" in the PM's Office.

A waterboy is someone who plays a small and perhaps somewhat insignificant role in fetching water for the "real" athletes -- the big boys who make a difference; who clinch the game. Urban Dictionary even defines a waterboy as an utter failure.

Now don't get me wrong. I don't think Waytha is a resounding success either. But I know what his game plan is. He has been trying to convince Pakatan Rakyat to do more for the marginalised Indian community.

However, much to his disgust (and mine), Pakatan Rakyat is more interested in fishing for votes than coming up with solid policies for the downtrodden and marginalised of Malaysian society.

So Waytha made good on his threat of moving over to BN, should they offer something better than what Pakatan Rakyat could come up with, which to begin with, was insignificant. Unfortunately, as I predicted, BN was offering up empty promises.

I suspect Waytha has had enough and consequently thrown in the towel; resigning from his post as minister in the PM's Office.

Helen has just one "simple" (in her words) question: So who is going to help, and how will assistance and poverty alleviation programmes be delivered to the poorest Indians now?

When I saw this question, I just had to jump to the comments section, because I knew there would be at least one brilliant armchair critic who would prescribe that the rich Indians should help the poor Indians.

This is ironic, especially when it comes from a Malay, because if one were to say, "Why don't we stop having ANY bumiputra privileges. Let the rich Malays help the poor Malays," they would be all up in arms and bleating, "Don't play with fire!!"

I didn't have to scroll very far to find the first comment:

Jika semua usaha kerajaan membantu melayu, Cina, India, Iban, kadazan, Sikh dll menjadi biawak kepada UMNO, apa sebenarnya dibuat oleh Samy Vellu, Tony Fernades, Ambiga, Ananda K dalam membangunkan masyarakat India?

Translated: If the responsibility of helping the Malays, Chinese, Indians, Iban, Kadazan, Sikh etc falls on the government, what exactly are "Samy Vellu, Tony Fernades, Ambiga, Ananda K" doing to help the Indians?

Now bringing Samy Vellu into the picture may be relevant as he was meant to represent the Indians. But why on earth would two businessmen and a lawyer be involved when they are largely private citizens and in no way holding public office? They are not responsible for anyone but their own businesses and families, and anyone who says otherwise merely brings scorn on themselves.

This ignorant comment came from someone who claims to be a teacher and I shudder to think what our youth are being imbued with, under the guise of education.

The funny thing is when the crime rate goes skyrocketing and just about every other person has a story about how they got mugged or knew someone who did, then Malaysians have no one but themselves to blame.

If you systematically marginalise an entire community, you breed resentment. You break their self esteem and motivation. And when they have no motivation, they put in no effort whatsoever to better themselves.

They turn to crime as a way out of their predicament.

It is not the job of a wealthy Indian to employ or feed a poor, marginalised Indian. It is the responsibility of the government.


Anonymous said...

As one commentator in Helen's blog (PenangMacha) said : "... Almost every one of their opinions, no matter how open to discourse they want to appear, have their origins in Ketuanan and Malay supremacy and the expected submissiveness of other races. There’s no engaging with such opinionated minds."

And the commentators are "... disgusting pseudo-intelligent, ethnocentric but spoon-fed-from-birth-to-death elitist audience who feel superior and secure only when Indians (and/or Chinese) are subjugated and subservient to them and the Malay dominated government (no different from DAP’s holy grail of Chinese/Christian supremacy). Malays here and every where else keep reminding us of the archaic social contract and how we should be eternally grateful to them for our third class citizenship while belittling every single contribution of ours to this country ..."

sparkles said...

Pity the Malays...they are behaving as they should/would, having had no benefit from an education they receive, which is closed door, meaning "ours not to reason why, ours to do and die"

Aren't we the nons, luckier in a sense.Our thinking is more open. We try all the time to understand them, we do not fear them as they do us, despite being denied our advanatages. Yes, they do fear us as they think we are their enemies, who will take away everything they is a deep-rooted fear.When you believe that someone is your enemy you hate naturally.The fear is further instlled into them with the Ketuanan theory.
Tengku Abdul Rahman's comment, being fed from "womb to tomb", has only served to re-inforce their deep dependancy on always being at the receiving end,on the oft repeated assumption that they are a super race.