By Malaysian in New York
I think it is very welcomed where the PM can hear it direct from the very people who represent the downtrodden one unlike hearing it from the apple polishing Indian-based coalition partners like MIC, PPP, MMSP, AMIPF, etc. These other buggers have only been filling their own pockets without bring to light the genuine problems of the poorer segment of the Indians.
To be fair to Umno, they have made the necessary allocations for the other parties to take care of their people and have requested them to provide the feedback but nonetheless these buggers would say everything is okay as long as they can stick it into their pockets and maintain their power. So in actual fact, I will not lay all faults on Umno’s foot as the coalition partners are equally responsible.
The only problem is sometimes, the advisors of the upper echelon of Umno still depend on their political partners rather than dealing directly. Let me give you an example, Parti Makkal Sakti Malaysia under the traitor Thanenthiran. He was brought to the attention of Najib through several power brokers within MIC. Najib just took it for granted without knowing that this guy was just an opportunist not the actual leader of HINDRAF.
The genuine Hindraf leadership had been approached by these Indian power brokers, yet they refused to meet them but insisted that any dealing needs to be direct with the decision makers- Najib / Anwar.
Najib, being the premier naturally delegates through the coalition partners to bring uniformity for the people but unfortunately he realized that it was not working anymore therefore he has gone to the ground directly to engage the aggrieved communities. In this sense I must say that Umno has evolved but not the coalition partners.
I am not sure what the outcome [of the Najib-Hindraf meeting today] will be but in hindsight at least the premier gets to hear the issues on firsthand basis besides depending on his nonchalant political partners on the gravity of the problem.
Many may condemn Hindraf as a traitor bearing the past events between Umno and Hindraf but the grassroot Indians do also realize that Umno has evolved or are trying to evolve on its own without depending on their coalition partners but engaging the real stakeholders of the Indian grassroot community as seen in this instance.
I don’t think the grassroots are worried whether it BN/PR but rather who can come forward to solve the issues to restore their position as fellow Malaysians in equal footing without infringing on the interest of the other communities.
Comment originally 2013/03/25 at 7:21 am
[Edited with some minor spelling and punctuation adjustments]