Bersih 3.0 dihadiri oleh hanya segelintir sahaja orang India.
Beberapa hari lepas, Calvin Sankaran (seorang pembaca yang sering memberikan komen bernas di blog ini), berkongsi berita bahawa liputan akhbar-akhbar Tamil telah menyatakan kaum India kurang melibatkan diri dalam protes tersebut.
Ekoran itu, saya pun bertanyakan perkara ini lebih lanjut kepada rakan-rakan aktivis India. Mereka mengesahkan apa yang diberitahu oleh Calvin.
Bukan sahaja masyarakat India (kecuali sekelompok golongan kelas pertengahan Firsters) tidak turun padang malah minat terhadap acara April 28 itu pun begitu hambar sekali. Sampailah ia tidak menjadi topik perbincangan di kalangan kaum India.
Laman sesawang Human Rights Party baru sahaja memuat-turun satu rencana berjudul ‘Bersih 3.0 draws mere 0.1% Indian participation’.
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Bad news for Pakatan
By HRP (the political wing of Hindraf)
A cursory view of the YouTube videos, photographs via e-mail, Facebook, etc and the feedback we have been getting reveal the very thin – to the estimated tune of a mere 0.1% – Indian participation at the Bersih 3.0 Rally on April 28.
Reporters on the ground also communicated the same thing to us [P. Uthayakumar and the HRP-Hindraf leadership].
Only an estimated 0.1% of the Bersih 3.0 attendees were Indians. Danger shockwaves for Pakatan segregating Hindraf! The Indian poor will henceforth no longer be used by Pakatan or BN.
Unlike in the 2008 general elections, the Indian poor masses will no longer carry the PAS flags.
Pray tell us of one Malay or Chinese or their politicians, NGOs’ pseudo ‘Civil Society’ who has seriously championed one critical Indian issue?
The Hindraf political position since its inception in December 2005 has always been not to support, and in fact up to this very date, never to vote Umno/BN.
Knowing fully well that out of the 798 Parliament and DUN seats nationwide, Umno/BN had gerrymandered the same to the tune that there is not even one Indian majority seat despite there being 715,099 registered Indian voters as at March 2008 in the electoral roll.
But Sabah with only a slightly more at 802,683 voters has 25 Parliament and 60 DUN seats but to Bersih 3.0 this does not come under their purview of (pseudo) free and fair elections.
For Pakatan and Umno/BN, it is pure political opportunism in wanting to further victimize and segregate the Indian poor.
Pakatan takes full advantage of this crossroad and predicament the Indian poor are in now knowing that they are not going to vote Umno/BN. And left with no alternative the Indians would be forced to vote for Pakatan.
Pakatan takes full advantage of the Indian poor knowing that the Indian poor are at the absolute tender mercies of Pakatan and choose not to deliver to the Indian poor in Selangor, Penang and Kedah that they have ruled for five years now.
The latest and tip of the iceberg examples of this non delivery to the Indian poor are as analyzed by Hindraf in ‘Apa Pakatan tidak buat untuk India miskin: 5 tahun perintah Selangor, Penang & Kedah’.
To the direct contrary, Pakatan delivered to the Malay and Chinese as a matter of course with no or very little problems.
Pakatan racism *
The latest Pakatan racism a la Umno/BN is the Selangor Pakatan state government which had announced legal aid for all the 512 Bersih activists who had been arrested (see FMT, May 1).
Because they are almost 99.9% Malays and Chinese!
But never similar legal aid for the 241 Hindraf Rally activists who were maliciously prosecuted. Not even bearing in mind the fact that Pakatan came to power also by the very same Hindraf wave.
The Indians were all forced to plead guilty, many after losing their jobs, with zero help from Pakatan especially these very same Pakatan Selangor leaders who rode the Hindraf wave.
And today these Indians carry criminal records [on the illegal assembly charge and conviction] right up to their dying days while Pakatan leaders enjoy the perks and positions in Kedah, Penang and Selangor.
In 2008 the Selangor Menteri Besar announced that the Pakatan Selangor state government would engage the services of a Queen’s Counsel from London for Teresa Kok of DAP who was arrested under the ISA for a mere two weeks.
But never for poor fellow DAP state representative M. Manoharan, a Selangor Adun.
What more, the other three Hindraf lawyers together with Manoharan rotting in the ISA jails for one-and-a-half years.
Swift legal aid for Teoh Beng Hock with counsel Malik Imtiaz appearing at TBH’s Royal Commission of Inquiry.
But the Hindraf Anti Interlok 54 activists prosecuted in March 2011 were never given legal aid by Pakatan.
Numerous walkouts from Parliament and emergency motions again by [Pakatan politicians] concerning only the Malays and Chinese. The record shows never [such actions for] Indian poor problem.
The records show that none of the Pakatan or Bersih activists were at the Hindraf Anti Interlok Rally in February 2011. We were all alone! We had to fight our own battle.
So in Bersih 3.0, obviously we reciprocated with an identical non-participation.
Pakatan does not care. So why should any Indian poor attend Bersih 3.0, or vote PR?
Not voting has now become an option.
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“… it came as a complete shock when I read that Pakatan Rakyat politicians had sent out text messages discouraging people from attending the Hindraf-organised protest.
“‘Don’t fall for selfish people who are using you for their selfish aims. Go to Merlimau not KLCC,’ the text message by DAP Senator S. Ramakrishnan read.”
UPDATED (May 3):
My apology for not properly inserting the url link yesterday for ‘Shut up already, you bloody opportunists!‘ It’s been rectified now.
As to why Crankshaft called the Pakatan politicians “bloody opportunists”, it stems from their typical behaviour in capitalizing on nasty episodes / tragedies to urge the public to vote opposition.
They opportunistically react to any headline-grabbing event by chanting the mantra, “Jom Ubah, Vote Pakatan, Vote Pakatan” (i.e. pushing the idea that if voters put Pakatan in charge, bad things would no longer happen, and that these bad things happened because everything is BN’s fault)
The sms by the DAP Senator dissuading Indians from taking part in the anti-Interlok rally was an attempt to sabotage Uthaya’s influence.
* Hence Crankshaft had blogged:
“It seems to me that the issue of racism and propagation of tools to Brainwash The Nation [vis-a-vis the Interlok controversy] is of secondary importance – the utmost priority is that they, Pakatan Rakyat, get voted into power.
“Make no mistake, Uthayakumar, the maverick leader of Hindraf has not played by any party rules, nor has he compromised on his stance. A lot of people regard him as eccentric, some see him as recalcitrant, but on the issue of racism, he appears to be spot-on in his judgement.
“This makes him a threat to Pakatan Rakyat.”