Ok, so Hindraf rallied thousands of people to the streets on Sunday. Many who marched had reasons of their own. Disillusionment and a sense of having been wronged and neglected fuelled many of those present.
The Hindraf trio of Uthayakumar, Waythamurthy and Ganapathi Rao were discharged by the court of any charges, for now at least.
There were a lot of allegations on how the policies of the government have resulted in the Indians being an oppressed, downtrodden bunch.
Now, Malaysian Indians, take a good hard look at yourself.
How far have we come as a community? True, the downtrodden are still that way, but not all of them. Many of them broke the poverty trap, by getting an education. Those who bothered, could see education as the means of breaking the chains.
My dad saw it. So he pushed his children. My sister became the first doctor to come out of that minority Indian community in my little hometown. I know how hard my parents tried to educate their kids. We are not rich today, but my father’s inclination for books and learning rubbed off on all of us. We read, and our mindsets changed.
I had an ex-colleague who just lost his dad a few days ago. He hailed from the estates, from a family of rubber tappers. He went to university, worked for a Malay language newspaper before moving to and English one, furthered his studies even more (was a Chevening scholar) and today he works in Jakarta. His family too, broke that poverty chain. (If you are reading this BP, my condolence on ur loss).
I’ve a friend who had to leave school and take take of four siblings and mother, when his passed away. Today, all three of his children are engineers and his nephews and nieces either graduated as engineers and accountants or are aces at school, with 4-flat CGPAs. He hailed from the estates, drawing less than minimum wage as tappers at one time.
And take that gutsy engineer chick S. Vanaja who became one of the three shortlisted ones for the Angkasawan bid. We all know who was chosen, but she made it that far didn’t she? Now she may have a future in aerospace, thanks to her current job with the National Space Agency.
I have stated my case on the issue of temples and stuff in the previous posts so I won’t go there again.
I have received some SMSes about people injured and people dead at the rally, in Ampang/KLCC, and without proof, I would like to say it is very irresponsible to make that allegation.
And this letter to Gordon Brown posted at Rocky’s, made me think, has Hindraf leaders’ antics set us back 50 years in the natural racial integration process that made me look at my fellow Chinese, Malay, Kadazan, Punjabi, Bidayuh Malaysians as brothers and sisters?
It makes a mockery of Uncle Zorro, who walked in solidarity with downtrodden folks.
Some of the grievances Hindraf brought up was genuine, so it is a shame really that their outlandish talk and outrageous antics has slashed their credibility.