I’ve decided to combine two topics into one. It’s important that you read this and know what’s happening, and there is nothing new I’ve highlighted here, but this will serve as a reminder.
There were times in my life when I bothered little when my father used to rant nonstop about his hatred towards the ruling coalition. He seems to be very interested talking about MIC, and was particularly frustrated about how powerless he is to make a difference. He doesn’t really know how to use computers and he relies heavily on mainstream Medias. His name is Subramaniam. But each time he reads the propagandas about the government in Tamil newspapers, you could literally see him turning into Supermaniam. His face turns red and my mother will patiently listen to his preaching; about the pathetic state of Indian politicians in this country.
My father repeats the same story again and again, about how he had invested in Maika by selling my mom’s jewelry and use up majority of his savings, and ended up getting scammed. I understood his frustration, the logic was simple. If you’re going to lend your money to someone and you don’t get it back, of course you’re going to get fucking pissed off; right?
When Hindraf rallied in 2007, he was there. At the age of 56, he ran with fellow Indians, for a cause he believed in. He was tear gassed and sprayed with chemical laced water, but he came back home coolly; tucking a newspaper under his armpit and wearing a cap. I was 22 and I still remember telling my mom :
“Inthe vayesele ivereke ithe yellam theveya?”
“Why does he need to do all this at this age?”
But he felt satisfied, finally.
When I started blogging actively, I started talking about Indian girls and guys and your shitty love stories. Politics little concerned me. I wrote this in 2008 after my first visit to one of the Tamil schools there, conducting charity with fellow friends.
“The kids ate slowly but I saw one particular girl who finished her food early. She was a very small, frail looking girl but managed to finish up her food. She was biting and chewing the chicken till only the bones are left, which did not stop her too, she continued breaking even the bones and eating. She really did cherish the food given. I couldn’t stand to watch that, but she refused any more chicken.”
When I walked around the school, I find it to be in a shabby and pathetic condition. No study materials, no proper books and stationeries, not even proper chair and table. It’s like a place where I would piss after getting drunk. I came back and one of my friends told me that he spoke to one of the kids:
Friend : Mineh pineh KFC saptherekiya? (Have you eaten KFC before?)
Child : Ile anneh. Anah TV leh pathe reken.Nala iruke anne. (No bro, but I’ve seen it in the TV)
So, these kids are studying deep inside the estates cut off from urban life, with little facilities in terms of education and food needs, and none of us realized that all this while. And year in year out, I see MIC with their mock cheque’s and boot-licking media images portraying them as Indian champions.
From an extremely rough calculation announced by the Government, I found out a total of RM 400 million was disbursed between the period of 2004-2011. We have 523 Tamil schools in Malaysia. Say around 200 schools are well-developed. Say. That will leave us with at least RM 1 million for each school!
So where the fuck the money has been going for us to see our kids studying in schools like this!
And I’ve not even started talking about the schools that Orang Asli kids had been studying in Sabah and Sarawak yet!
When the kids are not getting enough education, they resort to gangsterism and crime. The rest of them who wants to earn a legitimate income would not be able to do so because they’re simply unskilled or uneducated. They earn a meagre income and continue the cycle of poverty. Thousands of Indians are stateless and had been denied citizenship although they’re born in this country. Is this the development that was promised by MIC for the Indians after being in power for 60 plus years? Is this the shit that the Indian champions want to boast on?
After 4 years of taking over Selangor, I’ve not seen major progress on PR side either. We have a total of 97 Tamil schools in Selangor, but I know at least 5 out of it are in pathetic condition and needs drastic improvement. They will easily resort pointing to MIC, but I’ve recently heard this:
“Since taking over from Barisan Nasional, Khalid said the state has registered a significant increase in investment amounting to RM35 billion between 2008 and June 2011.
“This means the present Selangor state government has not only succeeded in increasing the revenue but also in implementing effective and efficient financial management.”
The Selangor government cash reserve was RM 1.4 billion as of 2011, so why isn’t the immediate action of tackling the basic issues that had been plaguing the Indians community not resolved yet? We all know that MIC is pathetic and useless, but what about PR? Aren’t they supposed to fare better? But within 4 years of taking power, they’ve build a state-of-the-art Tamil school here, the first in the country complete with a convention center. At least there is progress.
I hate to compare race-based issues, but I’ve seen more Indians involved in crime and the prison statistics will show you just that.
I’m still giving Pakatan Rakyat my support because in overall achievement compared to MIC, they fare better in terms of combating corruption and other general issues. The last thing I want to see is monkeys like below championing Indian rights:
And I also believe the election system in this country is pretty screwed up. You would have heard tonnes about that already.
I rallied together with my fellow brothers and sisters last year so that we get a fair and clean election. I earn extremely good enough to sit at home and travel around with all my money and not care shit about what’s happening, but that is not the whole point of living, isn’t it? We also have thousands of professionals including doctors, engineers, lawyers and IT experts rallying for the same cause, do you really think they’re stupid to be tear-gassed and sprayed with chemical-laced water?
Let us fight fair. Let the election system be clean. When the election system is clean, and when the politicians are selected under valid rules, voted in by the people through a clean election system, there will be no room for dissatisfaction. And we will only have us to blame for choosing the wrong candidate to represent us.
My dear brothers and sisters, every struggle comes with a price, the enemies might not be nice. It is time for you to be wise; it is time for you to rise.
I’ll see you on the 28th.