Malaysiakini : I understand a number of persons involved in the misappropriation of
Mitra funds were charged in court. However, whether the real culprits
will be charged remains to be seen.
The involvement of politicians
in fraud cannot be dismissed. In this sense, the need for a forensic
inquiry could not have come at a better time.
Investigations failed to lift off
investigation into the Maika Holdings scandal under then prime minister
Dr Mahathir Mohamad never took off in the first place.
allocations of Telekom shares meant for Maika Holdings were diverted to
some other companies that had little or nothing to do with the welfare
and well-being of the Indian community.
Similarly, a proper and
fair investigation into not just the above-mentioned bodies but many
other MIC-related organisations such as cooperatives and others was
sacrificed to the needs of political expediency.
So much so that the Indian community has lost complete trust in organisations that were ostensibly set up to assist them.
I am supportive of Anwar on the need for a thorough forensic
investigation, I am not sure whether such an investigation by itself
will restore the confidence of the Indian community in the government.
Harapan might be more well-meaning than BN or Perikatan Nasional
(PN), but government funds to assist the Indian community in the past
had been a pittance in comparison to the billions that were channelled
to assist the Malays.
However, despite the billions given, the
real beneficiaries have not been the poor Malays, but the political and
bureaucratic elite under the New Economic Policy or infamously called
the “Never Ending Policy”.
Yes, by all means, call for an
investigation because those who siphoned public money meant for the
Indian community are still around.
They can still be charged and convicted if there is evidence of their misdeeds.
former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak could be convicted and jailed,
why should those responsible for the embezzlement of funds meant for the
Indian poor be left alone?
Those responsible might not have
stolen billions, but stealing or misappropriating a few thousand or a
few million of public funds is a crime nonetheless.
Poverty will remain
investigations and actions against the individuals or groups
responsible for misappropriating public funds meant for the Indian
community might not dramatically lift the group from grinding poverty or
It might only restore some degree of confidence in the government of the day.
However, the real and fundamental cause of Indian underdevelopment would be left untouched.
long as the government is based on ethnicity and religion in favour of
the majoritarian community, the Malays, investigation or not of Indian
organisations will not have a major impact on the progress of the
A community that has contributed so much in blood and
tears doesn’t even get respect and appreciation from a government that
is more interested in ethnically and religiously divisive policies.
should come to power, not for the sake of power, but to address and
solve the myriad problems faced by Malaysians irrespective of race and
How Harapan will be able to get out of this conditioned entrapment remains to be seen.
numerically smaller and marginalised communities like Indians and
others expect much more from the future Harapan government.
investigations of the MIC-related bodies might be a good start, but
there remains much power that the future Harapan government could
exercise especially in moving beyond the confines of ethnicity and