First I’ve heard of of such a thing. Is it because non-Muslims can’t become members of Parti Agama Islam Se Malaysia?
Whatever it is, to my wee knowledge of my surroundings, this is the first such reported incident of an entire MIC branch “crossing over” to the other side.
But then the March 8 Elections Tsunami (I’m using this cliche for the first time here) aftermath has yielded some really strange stories.
This I guess, is just another slap in the face for Samy Vellu, who until now still doesn’t get it that MIC lost so badly because of him.
What is more important is the MIC grassroot mindset that “voting PAS will mean you will be forced to convert to Islam, and kena sunat (get circumcised), is changing.
I will choose to see it as a herald of times to come when people of all racial and religious backgrounds get the assistance they need, without their colour and faith being brought into question.
Bukit Gantang MP Roslan Shaharom is making the right noises so far.
Don’t assume that without (MIC president Datuk Seri S.) Samy Vellu and the MIC, your welfare will be neglected.
“We will take care of you because any problem affecting the Indian community, will affect members of other communities too,” said Roslan.- The Star
This would be a bonus for the Indians in the constituency, because I doubt many received any help at all in the past.
Let’s hope for more people in politics to come and not just bridge the racial/religious divide, but one day make this divide non-existent.
It is a hope. It is my right to be romantic and hope for a nicer future for Malaysia. And I’m not alone.