Was Samy Vellu anti-national,
disloyal and a traitor in his current trip to India?
Speech at DAP Bagan Dinner (2)
by Lim Kit Siang
MIC President and Works
Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu is in India to attend the three-day
conference for People of Indian Origin (PIO) and he is taking the
opportunity to meet the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and the
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to explain to them the position of
the Indian Malaysians in the country.
When Hindraf leaders sought to explain to Indian political leaders the
plight of the Indian Malaysians as a new underclass after long-standing
political, economic, educational, social, cultural and religious
marginalization, they were accused of being anti-national, disloyal and
traitors of the country.
Can Samy Vellu be equally denounced now as anti-national, disloyal and
traitor for involving Indian leaders in the Malaysian domestic affairs
with regard to the plight of the Indian Malaysians?
Samy Vellu is organizing a mammoth 15,000-people rally at the Cheras
Badminton Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on January 20 to pledge support for
Barisan Nasional and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
This is to be the first in a series of rallies being organised by MIC
throughout the country.
Nobody would object to Samy Vellu organizing rallies throughout the
country to pledge support to the Prime Minister and the Barisan Nasional,
but he should not go against the interests of the Malaysian Indian
community and in particular their belated political awakening in demanding
for an end to their long-standing marginalization from being given proper
recognition as equal and rightful citizens of Malaysia.
For this reason, apart from declaring support and loyalty to Abdullah and
Barisan Nasional, the series of forthcoming MIC rallies should have
another common theme – to openly acknowledge the problem of the
long-standing marginalization of the Indians in Malaysia and to urge the
Prime Minister to formulate and implement a New Deal for the Indians so
that they could enjoy an equal place under the Malaysian sun.
Otherwise, the series of MIC rallies must be regarded as detrimental to
the rights and interests of Indian Malaysians if their whole purpose is to
destroy the momentum of political awakening in the Indian Malaysian
community demanding government action to end their marginalization.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman