The great MIC hoax - By Commander (Rtd) S THAYAPARAN Royal Malaysian Navy
Monday, October 30, 2017
Malaysiakini : “Equality may be a fiction but nonetheless one must accept it as a governing principle.” - Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar
COMMENT | I have no idea if the
Indian vote will make a difference in 60 electoral constituencies but I
do know that voting for the Barisan National establishment in this
election will seal the fate of the Indian marginalised poor and further
class divisions within the diverse Indian community. As someone who believes the less you need big government, the
stronger you are, the disenfranchised of the Indian community which is
the voting base of MIC, is the perfect example of what is wrong with the
way the Umno establishment has done business all these years.
There is a robust dialectic in the Indian community which goes
unnoticed in the Sino-Malay discourse that dominates the alternative
press. Establishment Indian political operatives and their supporters
have this strange defence as to why the disenfranchised in the Indian
community remain marginalised.
Their excuse is that “rich Indians” unlike their Chinese counterparts
are not doing enough for the community. While this may be true, this
still does not explain why the Indian community should carry on voting
for the establishment when MIC is supposed to be looking after the
“interests” of the community.
Furthermore, this idea that “rich Indians” are not doing enough is
ludicrous because MIC is riddled with plutocrats who are the
beneficiaries of a corrupt system that nurtures a feudalistic mindset.
In other words, if the rich Indians in MIC cared about their community
as the Chinese plutocrats in MCA do, there would be a very different
dialectic going on now in the Indian community.
Meanwhile Umno folk tell me, that whenever funds are dispersed to the
Indian community, leakages prevent them from going to where it is
needed most. This, of course, is rather disingenuous because everyone
knows that there are “leakages” and funds disbursed is to ensure that
votes would be bought and not that genuine progress is initiated for the
disenfranchised of the Indian community.
I, of course, am the last person to talk about the Indian community. I
see no reason why the interests of the Indian community should be
defined by the Tamil school issue or the building of new temples.
Indeed, I view all these language schools anathema to any kind of
cohesive nation building but because our public schools is a hotbed of
Islamic preoccupations and “ketuanan politics”, the only way
young people are assured of any education not politicised by religion
and racial superiority are in these kinds of schools.
These schools though encourage another kind of mindset which is more suitable for another article. Beyond that, MIC has a dismal record of holding the line when it
comes to religious extremism. Have you noticed that the most
disenfranchised of the Indian community – women – have been on the
receiving end of Islamic extremism be it forced conversions or their
children stolen from them and MIC has done bupkis for them.
Indeed the only “Indian” community that has accumulated political and
financial power is the Indian Muslim community that should actually be
part of the greater Indian community but instead is an associate member
of Umno. So that is where all the “rich Indians” went.
I mean, take this issue if stateless Indians. I have heard MIC people
blame the parents for not registering their newborns. Yes, blame mostly
uneducated people for not understanding government bureaucracy. Is it
not the job of MIC to ensure that their voting base remains healthy and
vibrant? Instead, when opposition politicians bring up this issue – my
sincere gratitude to those who specifically put the time and effort into
handling these cases – there is this big rush to demonstrate that MIC
is earning their keep.
We cannot even talk about the crime statistics, deaths in custody and
the shoot first policy as advocated by the deputy prime minister
because victims of suspected gangsters are mostly “Malays”, because all
this means confronting the issues of religious and racial supremacy and
MIC has never been able to criticise the Umno state because they know,
we know and definitely the Umno state knows, that MIC is part of the
Moreover, let us be honest especially when it comes to the nexus of
crime and political power. While some folks in Umno may praise their
Tiga Line hoodlums as the last line of defence for Malay privileges and
religious superiority, MIC has nurtured an overt thug culture which has
seen journalists attacked and political meetings turn into freak shows.
The Tamil Malarincident
is a prime example of the relationship between the MIC and Umno. As I
said then, "This merely means that people would go, “well, there is that
MIC gangster culture, what do you expect” narrative and the Malay
ruling elite would just think it is the price of making a display of
Indian representation in the ruling coalition. I am down with that too,
but it just goes to show how full of horse manure the Ministry of Youth
and Sports really is."
I can understand why MIC has been extremely ineffective in many
issues. The Indian community does not have a large voting base because
it is not a sizable demographic. Just like Indian politicians who cannot
solely rely on their own community to vote them to power, MIC has to
rely on Umno to literally keep them in power.
When you are a race-based party ostensibly there to protect the
interests of your community, but your community is not the people who
voted you into office, there is really no incentive for you to look
after the interests of your community beyond making superficial noises
about Tamil schools and funding budding entrepreneurs.
No matter how you self-identify in the Indian community, I hope
people understand that as the smallest minority, we would be the first
to suffer under the assault of Islamic extremism and racial supremacy.
Rejecting the establishment and their proxies is the only way to slow the tide of racial and religious extremism