Reproduced below are three reader comments responding to the news of Waytha Moorthy’s resignation.
Comment originally @ 2014/02/11 at 11:20 am
No one in mind. Indians do not need a charismatic leader, just a reversal of the marginalisation policies in place. One is the underfunding of schools and grossly insufficient places for matriculation. Another is the denial of choice courses in universities. Another is the denial of govt contracts and permits to Indian businesses and lack of bank loans. No franchises for petrol stations, stockists or fast food outlets. Further, glass ceilings in the private sector. Glass ceilings and ethnic cleansing in the 5 uniformed services. Glass ceilings in the police. Ceilings everywhere!
If they study overseas, that medical university is de-recognised. They don’t want more Indian doctors and disrupt the ratio. No study loans for study in foreign universities. Who does this impact? Indians and Chinese!
Up till the 70s there were 5 Indian banks. Due to forced mergers today there is none. If a community does not have a presence in banking and property development, they become vulnerable and at the mercy. No Indian developers because there will be allocation of land to Indian developers. It is out of the question. Not a single govt contract to Indian companies like Maika or Sampoorna while Malay and Chinese companies like MPH and Sunway get it time and again. Just imagine, not one in 30 years! No land allocation for agriculture, dairy and aqua culture. Whatever they have is taken away, like dairy farms and aquaculture fish farms. The list is long.
First, an Indian is denied a license or permit. If at all he has one or rents one, he is denied bank loans or given such a small amount that he is geared to fail. You have to understand this part; if an Indian gets a loan, it is on such an amount and such terms that he is bound to fail. And then they exclaim, ‘there you are, Indians cannot do business’! Same thing that happens in tamil schools, underfund it so that it demoralises students and teachers. Whatever fields are available, they take it away so that Indians do not excel in sports. Whatever sports where Indians excel like hockey, rugby or cricket is underfunded.
Indians are absent in the private retail sector due to inadequate allocation of goods on consignment by the supplier. Example, an Indian retailer is allocated 5 TVs and 5 fridges a month whereas the other retailers get an allocation of at least 30 units of each a month. One cant even buy cash from the wholesaler because he will deny he has any units left. “Sudah habis woh”! A retailer cannot survive with just 10 electrical units sold in a month. And consumers will gravitate to those well stocked shops.
One Indian liquor wholesaler was forced out of the industry at gunpoint and RM150,000 cash for all his stocks. The cartel from a certain race does not want others in their territory. The auto lift jacks in a car mechanic shop are installed free by the motor oil supplier. No auto jacks for Indian mechanics. “Dont have stock. Must wait.” 3 years and still no jacks. They will not give you the jacks because 10 others from his own community is operating garages in that area and he does not want to piss them off.
No one is allowed to succeed. In the private sector, the senior management will make it clear that there are 50 other executives from his race ‘ahead of you’. When Indian film distribution began to do well, BMG, Warner Music and MCA Records stepped in and took over. You never see Indian corner shoplots because the developer reserves it for his community.
So on all sides they are marginalised and squeezed. The govt (BN or PR) will not reverse its policies. The private sector will not compromise on their chauvinism. Its easier to bring the moon here! For the moment, Indians should emigrate and work.
“Malay dominated government no different from DAP’s holy grail of Chinese/Christian supremacy”
Comment originally @ 2014/02/10 at 12:48 pm
Helen, I think one of the reasons why you hardly have any Indians taking the trouble to comment in your blog is because they consider it pointless to clarify for or argue intelligently with your mostly pro establishment Malay regulars.
If you think about it, they’re not very different from Pakatoons with their sanctimonious and smug takes on the Indian poor problem, Hindraf and Indians in general while conveniently overlooking or diluting the deliberate marginalisation of the community by the government. A quick look at comments on Indian issues on your blog is enough to confirm this. Almost every one of their opinions, no matter how open to discourse they want to appear, have their origins in Ketuanan and Malay supremacy and the expected submissiveness of other races. There’s no engaging with such opinionated minds.
You have done a great job refuting their stupid preconceptions and ignorant presumptions with your factual arguments but it’s hard for me to talk to people who think they’re intelligent but have no idea of what they’re talking about. You see the same ignorant statements and sentiments about Indians repeated over and over again despite valid explanations and arguments. If this is not a sign of ignorant by choice, one track minds, I don’t know what is.
This is why I choose not to comment on Indian issues or engage with your disgusting pseudo-intelligent, ethnocentric but spoon-fed-from-birth-to-death elitist audience who feel superior and secure only when Indians (and/or Chinese) are subjugated and subservient to them and the Malay dominated government (no different from DAP’s holy grail of Chinese/Christian supremacy).
Malays here and every where else keep reminding us of the archaic social contract and how we should be eternally grateful to them for our third class citizenship while belittling every single contribution of ours to this country when in reality, the Indians were never a threat to their hegemony or convenient preferred status. Indians mostly are inherently, a conscionable race. Unlike most Chinese, we are never that ambitious or power crazy to usurp the special position of the Malays or dominate them. I have heard some older Indians tell me that the this land belongs to the Malays and we should behave accordingly. Yet we (the majority, not the KJ John kind) are regarded as threats by these very insecure people.
There’s an old saying among the Indian community – that it was always possible to work and live with the Malays but never the Chinese as Malays were considered to be humanistic people with a conscience. I tell my friends that this is no longer true. Malays have become just as arrogant and materialistic as the Chinese.
It becomes tiresome talking to these educated Malays after a while. The more educated they are, the more skillful (but revealingly) they pervert percepts of equality and fairness to their advantage. And whether they care to admit it or not, they’ve become just as racist as the DAP Chinese.
I will however continue to read their comments just to remind myself just how moderate and magnanimous Malays really are compared to the Chinese.
“Rich Indians especially Christians look down upon Hindu Indians as uneducated and low class”
By Calvin Sankaran
Comment originally @ 2014/02/10 at 4:34 pm
It is not the caste system but the attitude of the rich Indians. You included in an earlier post how Jaclynn Victor refused to celebrate Deepavali claiming to be Christian. This is so typical of rich Indians especially Christians who consider themselves Europeans rather than Indians. They look down upon Hindu Indians as uneducated and low class.
Generally I think the problem with Indians is historical and structural. Among the Indians, there is a big gap among rich and poor with 20% hard core poor. I disagree that the govt policies are to be blamed (remember I am from estate too). Rather the failure of the govt to provide assistance when the Indians were displaced was the key problem.
You see when I was younger I even wrote papers (in uni) that for Indians to progress they have to get out of estates. But the prevailing notion was against this. The opposition leaders wanted monthly wages for estate workers and refused to allow migration. They made a big fight over it. So when the Indians were forced to move, they were unprepared. So you can’t really blame the govt though they could have done a better job.
It is the same with the Malays who move from kampung to city, there is no program exist to help them either. That’s one of the reason for drug addiction and mat rempitism among the Malay youths.
This is my view all along even when I was voting DAP.