By P. Uthayakumar
Questions and Clarifications
Why is Hindraf contesting when they earlier stated that they are non-political?
What Pakatan promised in 2008, they did not deliver even one of Hindraf’s 18-point demands despite being in the “Putrajayas” in five Pakatan states for five long years. The Estate Workers Housing Scheme was never implemented which would have benefitted some 500,000 Indian poor in Selangor, Penang, Kedah, Kelantan and Perak.
Not even one kacang putih licence, garbage collection contract or besi buruk licence was given to Indians in Selangor, Penang, Kedah, Kelantan and Perak even though they have 100% powers to do so. Not even a share of the multi-million ringgit state government road, landscape, construction contracts were shared with Indians. Not even one office boy’s job has been given to one Indian poor in any of the Pakatan Rakyat ruled states. Especially at an age and era when a black man is already in the White House… even carrying a Muslim name (Barack Hussien Obama).
Even in the Pakatan Rakyat 13th General Elections Manifesto and Buku Jingga there is nothing to deliver for the Indians when they get to Putrajaya. And now the Prime Minister in waiting Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim has refused to sign the Hindraf 18-point demands.
Uthayakumar as the longest standing and most senior Hindraf de facto leader will be the Hindraf voice and check-and-balance at the highest political level, in Parliament and Putrajaya for the marginalized communities which even Pakatan Rakyat top leaders do not want. Like Umno/BN, Pakatan only want ‘cari makan’ Indian mandores as MPs and ADUNs who they can control and who will never champion the Hindraf 18-point demands.
But Pakatan has been in power for only five years whereas BN has ruled for 57 years. Why should Hindraf contest?
For example one of the problems that Pakatan has 100% powers in Selangor is to grant land to all 97 Tamil schools in Selangor all in one go according to Section 76 of the National Land Code. Pakatan Menteri Besar needs only five seconds to sign and not five years. Why has Pakatan refused to do this?
There are one hundred other serious Indian problems which Pakatan could have solved to give a permanent and wholesome solution in the five Pakatan states but which was not done. There is no Ubah for the Indian poor in the Pakatan dictionary. Dato Seri Najib also says that he has been Prime Minister for only four years and that he should be given another chance of five years. Can we give Najib another five years? Of course NOT. Therefore, we need at least one strong Hindraf MP in Parliament.
Why is P. Uthayakumar/Hindraf contesting in Kota Raja / Sri Andalas when the Indian/Opposition votes will be split and BN will win?
In the 2008 general elections, Pakatan won in five states because of the 25th November 2007, 100,000 Makkal Sakthi. Hindraf’s Rally using the Makkal Sakthi battle cry rode on the Indian empathy for P. Uthayakumar and the Hindraf lawyers jailed under the ISA. Now Pakatan refuse to make way in even one out of the 222 Parliament and 576 Dun seats to Hindraf! Is this fair?
Uthayakumar has agreed to contest under the Pakatan Rakyat ticket against BN so that there won’t be a split of Opposition votes. But Pakatan has rejected him. Why?
How is Uthayakumar not qualified to be the Opposition candidate? Is it because he speaks up for the Indians without fear or favor? Is it because Uthayakumar refuses to become Pakatan’s Indian mandore? Is it because Uthayakumar cannot be controlled?
The Opposition/Indian votes will not be split when Pakatan makes way for Hindraf/ Uthayakumar for a one-to-one contest against Umno/BN in Kota Raja and Sri Andalas. Therefore, BN will not win.
Can Uthayakumar win?
Yes. In Kota Raja, the Malays form 44%, Indians 29% and Chinese 24%. The Malay votes will split into two and Pakatan will get 22%. We have 29% Indian voters. Even with only 30% of the Chinese votes going to Uthayakumar and 70% going to Pakatan, we can win by a small majority.
Unlike in the 2008 General Elections, the Chinese will now have another option and will prefer a prominent Indian lawyer, a credible human rights activist with a 24-year track record, having been detained 12 times, all on public interest cases, the ongoing Sedition trial on the Kg Medan ‘ethnic cleansing’ where Uthayakumar is facing a further three years jail sentence and an ex-ISA detainee over the Islamic party PAS lady candidate.
In the 2008 General Elections unknown Arumugam won as an independent candidate in the Bukit Selambau state seat. In the 2004 General Elections, way before the 25th November 2007 Hindraf Rally awakening, an unknown local, Krishnan, stood as an independent candidate in Kota Raja Parliament and DUN Sri Muda seats but did not lose his deposit. Furthermore, there are no army, Orang Asli or Felda votes in Kota Raja for BN to manipulate.
Why contest in Kota Raja and Sri Andalas and not another MIC/BN seat?
At 29% Indian voters, Kota Raja is the constituency with the highest number of Indian voters in Malaysia. And about one third of the Indian population in Malaysia live in Selangor. The best chance of winning is here.
Does Hindraf/Uthayakumar want BN out of Putrajaya?
Yes. Our political position is do not vote for Umno/BN. Whether one wants to vote for Pakatan or not is up to them. However, we are not prepared to take responsibility for voting in Pakatan for the reasons I have articulated. Hindraf is not prepared to take responsibility for Pakatan Rakyats’ non-delivery to the Indian poor. This is our dilemma. But we want Pakatan to take Hindraf along with it to Parliament and Putrajaya. Why not? To be Pakatan’s internal check and balance so that the Indians will not be racially discriminated for another 57 long years under Pakatan rule. And we do not want Pakatan to become an Umno/BN clone.
Why does Pakatan not want to give Uthayakumar or Hindraf even one seat?
Uthayakumar and everyone else in Hindraf has refused to take up any Datuk, Senator, Director, Councillors posts or positions or any contracts, projects or “cari makan” opportunities in the five Pakatan states as they will end up becoming the Pakatan Indian mandores as what the MIC mandores are in Umno/BN .
Because of this, Pakatan cannot control Uthayakumar/Hindraf and cannot stop him from championing Indian issues without fear or favour. Uthayakumar/Hindraf struggle is against Umno and Pakatan racism, about equality, equal opportunities and equal upward mobility opportunities and about wholesome and permanent solutions as granted to the Malays and Chinese.
But like Umno/BN, Pakatan also wants Hindraf to play politics with the Indian poor by dishing out temporary and ad hoc solutions like more hampers, rice packets and wheelchairs, dishing out RM 5,000, RM 10,000 mock cheques and empty promises of land for Tamil schools, Hindu temples, Hindu cemetaries, Indian settlements and maximum political propaganda and advertisements especially in the Tamil dailies.
However, with no sight of the land titles, Pakatan has denied the Indian poor permanent and wholesome solutions like the Estate Workers Housing Scheme, Felda like ten-acre land ownership that has benefitted 1,021,346 Malay Muslims, business licences, contracts, business opportunities, business loans, scholarships, skills training and scores of other government policies implemented for the Malay poor.
The root cause of the day to day misery of the Indian poor today inflicted by Umno/BN government and by the four Pakatan state governments with impunity is left unexplored. When Uthayakumar champions these Indian issues, Pakatan Rakyat does not want to make way for him in even one seat!
Why can’t we just give Pakatan five years and if they do not perform, we can change them?
After Merdeka Umno/BN was first voted in for only five years but ended up in power for 57 long years.
Being only 8% of the voters the Indians do not have the power to change Pakatan. Even if after five years we can vote Pakatan out and vote BN back, BN will also then not deliver to the Indians. We will not get anywhere. We will be back to square one. Why can’t we go parallel? Why wait for five years? Why should we not vote in Hindraf along with Pakatan in Parliament and Putrajaya at the same time. Why should we waste another five years?
What can a mere one Hindraf MP do?
If we do not have even one Hindraf MP, then Pakatan at Putrajaya will get a walk over as there will be nobody to question and put pressure on them at the highest political level. And they may become another full-fledged Umno/BN in a matter of time.
Anyway PKR only had one MP in the 2004 General Elections but it rose to a whopping 31 MPs in the 2008 general elections plus they now rule the state of Selangor and are also part of the state governments of Penang, Kedah and Kelantan and Perak (11 months) .Of course it was with the support of the 25th November 2007 Hindraf Rally people power. But today Pakatan Rakyat does not want to acknowledge it and to make way to Hindraf in even one seat.
At the International level, for example, the Hindraf MP can lobby the International Parliamentary Union, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, European Parliament, United Nations, United States Congress etc against the Umno/BN and Pakatan racist policies victimizing the most vulnerable communities in Malaysia. It would make a difference because the Hindraf MP is the people’s elected representative.
But Pakatan is a needs based and multi-racial party and does more for the Indian poor?
Yes Pakatan gives the Indian poor more rice packets and hampers than Umno/BN. The fact remains that Pakatan is only marginally better than Umno/BN. If we ask ourselves what has Pakatan done for the Indian poor in Selangor in their five year rule as opposed to Umno/BN, the answer is Pakatan has hardly done anything. So we need at least one Hindraf MP to continue putting pressure on Pakatan not to implement racist policies against the Indian poor as Umno/BN has been doing for 57 long years.
In the last five years has the present PAS MP for Kota Raja or any of the 82 Pakatan MPs including their eleven Indian MP mandores and 15 ADUNS raised, questioned or put pressure in Parliament or DUN and internationally even on 0.1% of the Hindraf 18-point demands/critical Indian poor as is documented on a day-to-day basis in www.humanrightspartymalaysia.com?
No, they have not even once staged one walkout from Parliament, filed one emergency motion in Parliament or got suspended from Parliament or DUN on any serious Indian issue. However, it was done for Teoh Beng Hock, Anuar Ibrahim, three Malay youths shot dead in Shah Alam,
Singapore youth [Malaysian youth in Singapore] Yong sentenced to death and many other Malay and Chinese issues. But never on any serious Indian poor issue! Why? No political mileage championing Indian poor issues?
What does Pakatan and Umno/BN want from Indian voters?
A FREE INDIAN VOTES with almost zero delivery and to preserve the Indian poor who form about 80% of the Indian population as cheap labourers doing the 3D jobs. To do the Dirty, Dangerous And Difficult work for as low as RM13.00 per day and denied EPF, Socso, medical benefits, bonus gratuity. The Indian poor have today become [at] par with, if not lower, than the foreign workers.
Why are Pakatan and Umno/BN taking advantage of disenfranchised Indians?
Because despite there being almost one million Indian voters in Malaysia as at 2013 electoral roll, Umno/BN broke up and gerrymandered Indian voters and Indian areas so that the Indians are denied even one Indian-majority Parliament or DUN seat out of the 222 Parliament and 576 DUN seats in Malaysia.
This so that the Indians can be continued to be oppressed and preserved as the Indian poor and denied a voice at the highest political level. And similarly Pakatan and Bersih also do not want even one Indian-majority seat for the very same reason. For example in Klang, Sri Andalas, Sentosa, Sri Muda, Pandamaran, Kapar, Port Klang, Shah Alam, we see Indians everywhere.
But we do not have even one Indian-majority Parliament or State seat. This is the political lesson that we all have to learn and work hard in the next five years towards creating at least one Indian majority seat in every of the seven ‘Indian belt’ states – Kota Raja, Padang Serai, Batu Kawan, Ipoh Barat, Teluk Kemang, Cameron Highlands and Tebrau i.e. by changing your IC address and registering as voters in these constituencies in time for the 14th General Elections. If and only if we had done this in the last five years, we would win and have at least seven Hindraf MPs in this 13th General Elections.
Anwar Ibrahim had recently stated that Pakatan could win by ten Parliamentary seats. If we had control of seven out of these ten seats, we could certainly use it as a leverage to pressure Pakatan to end all Umno/BN and Pakatan Rakyat racist policies victimizing the Indian poor. However, today we are still struggling for even one seat in Kota Raja.
Rights not mercy
De facto leader, Hindraf.
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Uthaya’s press release is published verbatim and in toto above.