In the comment (screenshot below), ‘ss’ seems to have some trouble believing that a poor Indian – “the Hindraf constituency” whom the movement speaks for – cannot afford paying RM1.20/RM1.50 for a copy* of The Star daily.
‘ss’ – who I profile to be a Lim Guan Eng admirer – does not come across to me as someone being able to imagine how poverty-stricken families live.
I’m going to be personal here but comments like ss’s memang menyakitkan hati.
(*Not that I can see any reason why an Indian poor would want to, and even if they do buy papers it would more likely be a Tamil one.)
Then there was this letter to the FMT editor yesterday.
Commenting on the hunger viratham by Hindraf chairman Waytha Moorthy, the letter writer Mathias Gomes opined:
“The almost 30,000 crowd on Nov 25, 2007 at the KLCC area converged because of only one factor, the motivation of 1 million pounds for each Indian in Malaysia, Waytha promised to sue the British Government for about 4 Trillion pounds …”
I have spoken to those who attended the Hindraf rally and I also sat in several times on the court hearings of M. Murugan who was charged with illegal assembly for his participation on 25 Nov 2007.
None of them ever said or hinted or gave me any impression at all that they had turned out on the streets that day due to “only one factor, the motivation of 1 million pounds for each Indian in Malaysia” as Mathias Gomes alleges.
The pro-Pakatan people hail those who rallied with Bersih and Himpunan Hijau as heroes. Well pro-DAP because for the PAS masses, street demos are not out of the ordinary.
But the Indians who got the brunt of the teargas and water cannons – Bersih 3.0 and Himpunan Hijau and the more recent ones were ‘festive’ walks in the park comparatively – are despised as greedy and gullible people who joined the protest solely in anticipation of pocketing one million pounds sterling.
Do let’s compare the Indian working class rally and the Chinese “environmental” rally.
After telling all the anti-Lynas supporters that the Gebeng plant would turn Malaysians into mutants, there was a sudden Ubah on 12 March 2013.
Malaysiakini carried a headline on the change, saying ‘Wong Tak welcomes Lynas, if it uses “front door”.’
On the following day (March 13), a “big crowd” gave Wong Tack a “warm welcome” at a DAP ceramah in Bentong where Lim Guan Eng personally introduced him as the party candidate for the Parliamentary area.
The big DAP crowd who gave the Himpunan Hijau chairman a warm welcome was collectively struck with amnesia. They forgot that just a short while ago they were screaming how the lives of little children needed to be saved from the Lynas killer rays.
Wong Tack was reported as telling the big crowd on Tuesday: “Let us stand up together. If we can win Bentong, we will win nationwide. Let us stand in Bentong and shake the country.” — see screenshot below
Never mind that a mere day earlier on Monday, he had made a 180-degree turn. But then again, green is the colour of the chameleon.
So how were the comments from Malaysiakini readers responding to the story ‘Big crowd gives Wong Tack warm welcome‘?
Some detractors — whenever it comes to postings critical of Pakatan, they show up to deflect, like the commenter who was most certain that Teo Nie Ching’s silver/grey dresses were one and the same and lectured us on “jangan buruk sangka” — have argued that the “majority” of Malaysiakini commenters are cybertroopers.
Therefore I’ve screenshot one comment from someone who is a fairly well-known pro-Pakatan blogger who’s part of the Haris Ibrahim crowd.
The comment you read below is legit (identity of the commenter known):
“If there were enough time, I would change my residency to Bentong to vote… every Bentong voter must step up and support this man’s entrance to parliament…”
They support Wong Tack’s candidacy as long as he’s standing under the Rocket symbol and make all kinds of excuses for him.
To digress a little, here’s a paragraph taken from a science article in the University of California Berkeley website about chameleons and salamanders:
“Chameleons are known for firing their tongues at insects to snatch them off a leaf, and now scientists have discovered a salamander whose tongue goes ballistic too.”
Most interesting about the “salamander whose tongue goes ballistic”. By the way, the salamander’s tongue is extended so far out of its mouth that it must be shot out like an assassin’s bullet.
Quite alike to some of the Himpunan Hijau cyberbullies and their ultra Chinamen bloggers who go berserk here and there after they spin too much.
Still on the topic of Hindraf and Haris, the screenshot above is the ABU initiator’s posting just up, where he asks whether the minority rights movement is “compromised” after their recent meeting with the Prime Minister.
Haris’s headline casts very pejorative imputations.
Nonetheless I’m glad that, if anything, at least it gives me the opportunity and the honour to put on record that I hold N. Ganesan the Hindraf adviser in the highest regard as well as have the utmost respect for his ethics and integrity.
Haris Ibrahim also made another remark about “the least known of Waythmoorthy’s brothers, known in civil society circles as Segaran”. He blogged that Segaran is “seen by many of us as Hindraf’s own Special Branch”.
I’m not sure what you make of the description that Segaran is seen by Haris & Co. as “Hindraf’s own Special Branch”.
However I can tell you that Segaran is my friend and I have a good opinion of him. Like his brothers, he is a committed activist to the cause of the Indian poor.