By P. Waytha Moorthy
It is more than a week now since Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and Defence Minister Hishamuddin Hussein criticized me for not being a team player and claimed the Government has done a lot for the community.
Hindraf maintain its claim that the Indians in Malaysia have been marginalised from the mainstream development of the country.
I now call upon Khairy and Hishamuddin to join forces with his “team players” the MIC and come up with a full report of what the government has done for the Indian community over the last 20 years (at least).
Both Khairy and Hishamuddin are most welcomed to go around with their team players to the 10% Indian voters in Kajang and present their case of helping the community as a team. Let the Kajang people decide whether they believe BN’s achievements or not. This exercise, if both the Ministers dare do, would give them a yardstick to gauge what they and their team players have done for the society.
We in Hindraf have been saying this from way back in 2005, that the community has been neglected and that we are not championing a political cause but rather a chronic socioeconomic crisis facing us that needs a concentrated effort from the top leaders of the country. They have to accept realities that as the country’s leaders they have failed us and the respective ministries e.g. National Registration Department, Agriculture, Housing, Human Resources, Welfare and Education have sidelined the Indians. Research papers from academics have also confirmed this fact. Therefore there is no need to live in denial.
RM1,115 billion have been spent in the last 10 Malaysian Development Plans for the development of the nation. There has not been any significant allocation for the development of the Indian poor over the 48 years of the 10 plans. All the so called allocation that had come by in the last 5 years in piecemeal manner manned by the existing political parties without much accountability, transparency or a monitoring process except for rhetoric whenever the election comes by.
The whole purpose of the Hindraf MoU with BN was to ensure that a special unit is dedicated to ensure that a fair amount of funds are allocated on a targeted basis for the upliftment of the Indian poor to resolve their issues permanently.
This was not an exclusive treatment but rather to correct and rectify the previous lapses by the government by its lopsided governance and policies that has digressed this community from the mainstream development to a state of hopelessness and despair within their own nation.
The politicians of the day to maintain their status quo can try to enslave the community by throwing their rhetoric, but the grassroots people on the ground are fully equipped with the facts and the reality on the dire strait situation of this community that continues to be neglected with impunity.