The Tempinis diaries

January 3, 2008

AP Interview: Malaysia’s Indian protest movement likely to die soon, says leader

Filed under: malaysia — Tags: , , — toru @ 3:34 pm
This interview with the Hindraf leader caught my eye.  If Waytha Moorthy knows that the protest movement will likely die soon – why make such a broad ranging demands in the first place?  While I am sympathetic to the fact that Malaysian Indians are marginalised in Malaysia, I mean most of their 18 points demands are quite unrealistic.   RM 100 billion funding for Tamil schools?  I don’t even think the Malaysian government spends that much on universities in Malaysia!  Reserve 20 % of top government posts for Indians?  Common – that will never happen in today’s political climate.  Of course the Malaysian government is not conceding at all.
These Hindraf guys are very brave but politically naive.  The sad part of all this is that besides the international spotlight, I dont think anything has been achieved for the Malaysian Indian community.  It would have been better if they had been more modest in their demands e.g. government funding for let’s say 5 Tamil schools in every Malaysian state.  At least that’s something concrete that will help the Malaysian Indians.  By making such wide demands, they actually got nothing.
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Wednesday, January 2, 2008
LONDON: Minority ethnic Indians are fighting a “losing battle” for equal rights in Malaysia, and their fledgling protest movement against the Muslim-dominated government is likely to die soon, a protest leader told The Associated Press. (more…)

January 1, 2008

The Hindraf Movement in Malaysia

Filed under: malaysia — Tags: , — toru @ 1:45 pm
An interesting overview of the Hindraf Movement in Malaysia in the Singapore Straits Times 31 December 2008
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THE HINDRAF MOVEMENT IN MALAYSIA
Indians’ discontent has been boiling for a while
On Nov 25, 30,000 Malaysian Indians took part in a protest organised by the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf). This mass mobilisation of a community that has traditionally supported the government took many observers by surprise. Why did they march and what were their grievances?
By P. Ramasamy, For The Straits Times

December 13, 2007

The Use of the Internal Security Act in 2007: A Retrogressive Step

Filed under: malaysia — Tags: , , — toru @ 2:13 pm

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — Five leaders of Malaysian Indian activist group Hindraf were detained Thursday under controversial internal security laws that allow for detention without trial, a spokesman said.

The Internal Security Act (ISA), which human rights groups are campaigning to have abolished, is currently being used to hold more than 100 people, including about 80 alleged Islamic militants.

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December 12, 2007

Hindraf leader nabbed

Filed under: malaysia — Tags: , — toru @ 4:19 pm

I am really sad it has come to this.  If the government puts Uthayakumar in jail on sedition charges, this will only make him a matyr and his followers more militant.  This cannot be good for the country.

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Hindraf leader nabbed, freed on bail, nabbed again over alleged sedition

KUALA LUMPUR: In a dramatic sequence of events, Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) legal adviser P. Uthayakumar was arrested twice over alleged seditious offences yesterday. 

At 9.20am, policemen picked him up outside a shopping mall in Bangsar and brought him to a Sessions Court at noon to face a charge of publishing a seditious letter on a website. 

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December 9, 2007

The Hindraf Crisis: Lessons from Sun Tzu’s Art of War

Filed under: malaysia — Tags: , , — toru @ 7:30 am

Always allow the enemy To continue their retreat To their homes.  When you surround the enemy Always allow them an escape route. They must see That there is An Alternative to Death Indeed, be fearful of The enemy who is cornered With no way out

Sun Tzu Bingfa (Art of War)

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I think both parties (UMNO and Hindraf) ought to take a leaf from Sun Tzu’s Art of War.  On the ruling party’s side, they shouldn’t oppress people until they feel that they have completely no way out.  As Sun Tzu said a foe that sees no alternative to death is a formidable enemy.  After all, remember that Hindraf was started when the Everest hero N. Moorthy was buried a Muslim.  Even in death, the Hindus feel that they are oppressed.  Threats of arrest under the ISA, parang being wielded and allegations that Hindraf has terrorism links will not defuse the situation.  On Hindraf’s part, it should try to give UMNO a face saving way out while getting something positive for their community.  Perhaps, a concrete proposal to build several good Tamil schools, the setting up of university scholarships for Indians or extra funding for pre-existing Tamil schools is something that comes to my mind.  Otherwise, this stand off is not good for both sides and the country.

December 8, 2007

…we will draw our parang to defend Ketuanan Melayu…

Filed under: malaysia, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — toru @ 2:39 am

The esteemed  Rahim Tamby Chik was quoted as saying: ““The Malays have never taken to the streets so do not force us to do so as we will draw our parang (machete) to defend the Ketuanan Melayu (Malay supremacy) in this country.”

If this statement is not in contravention of s. 3(1)(e) of the Sedition Act i.e. ” to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or classes of the population of Malaysia”, I don’t know what is.  One blogger thought this statement was tragic; I think it is simply disgusting.  Any right thinking person (whatever his or her politics) should denounce him.  

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