Friday, December 14, 2007

POETIC JUSTICE

HANTU LAUT

Do they deserved it? Yes. I still think they should be charged for treason instead of ISA.I am not a great fan of the ISA, but they have been given ample warning, they pushed their luck, lied in their teeth and expect the government to maintain equanimity.The five Hindraf's masterminds deserved what they get.If others want to worship the Western form of democracy, its their business, if America think they have the best system of government, its their business, our business is to keep the peace in this country.What's the point of freedom if the country is in turmoil, if blood had to be shed for the price of freedom.

Some say they have the right to demonstrate as it is part of the democratic system. Malaysians are matured and responsible, but recent events had shown otherwise.It shows the true psyche of some Malaysians, who are prepared to use violence, to send their message home.Given free reins, they would want to demonstrate every week.

Many foreigners believed in the Hindraf's propaganda.One so called celebrated Indian poet, who claimed to have stayed in Malaysia for seventeen years, wrote in her blog that the Malaysian government practised apartheid, that's why she fled back to India. Below are part of the derisive article she wrote;

"Last week, the simmering resentments of a nation under a formal apartheid exploded. The constitution of Malaysia explicitly privileges the Malay Muslim majority’s access to opportunity, and indeed claim to the nation itself, and the inherent racism of this sentiment is one that trickles down through all sectors of society. The superficial image of multicultural harmony that it had somehow managed to convince the world of has begun to fray in no uncertain terms"

In an interview with an Indian newspaper, DNA, the celebrated poet, Sharanya Manivanna said;

In April 2006, while still a student in Kuala Lumpur, I wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on my blog (sharanyamanivannan.blogspot.com), calling upon the Indian government to speak out on this issue of clear religious and ethnic discrimination in the same way that it had responded to the Danish cartoons parodying Prophet Mohammed.

“I wrote that letter because what is happening in Malaysia is nothing less than formal apartheid. The fact that its Tourism Board promotes a picture postcard image of multi-culturalism is rather audacious. You have to understand that I say all this as a person who loves Malaysia, but who was forced to leave.

“Last year, my grandfather, a former High Commissioner, had a passport thrown at his face and was shouted at by a Malay officer at the Malaysian Consulate in Chennai! I myself have been harassed at Malaysian immigration checkpoints on countless occasions, while always travelling legally. And after one particularly bad interrogation at immigration, I knew that if I did not make the choice to leave, I would probably be deported. I think I was right, considering the events of the past few days.”

I posted a comment on her blog, which she didn't allow for reasons only known to her.Anyway, it's her prerogative.Below are my comment;

Comment I posted on Sharanya's blog.

Dear Sharanya,

"You painted a wrong picture of a country which is more tolerant toward other minority races compared to many other countries including India.

The Malays shared political power with the Chinese and Indians, which they don't have to.With the Chinese it makes more sense because they are big minority, with the Indians they really don't have to, if they want to be nasty and unfair.

The few instigators, including the shithead called Utayakumar, are doing great injustice to the peaceful Indian community by instigating them to break the law and go against the government.He is suffering from serious inferiority and persecution complex and a danger to his own community and the nation.

He should be locked up.

If you think Malaysia was so bad,why did you stay for seventeen years? Do you have to wait that long to find out?"

December 5, 2007 9:44 PM

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The following was her reasons for not posting the many comments that she thinks too derisory to deserve her attention;

"My blog is my space, not a forum. It is my prerogative to moderate comments through, or not. I have switched off anonymous comments because here’s the difference between you (you know who you are) and me: I put myself out there, and you hide behind namelessness and shifting IP addresses. If you can’t be bothered to read a post properly before leaving a comment which accuses me of the exact opposite of a statement I’ve made, are hateful or make inappropriate personal attacks I may choose to not spend my energy on responding to your comment. Oh, and just because you read my blog doesn’t mean you know me. Just because you went to college or kindergarten with me doesn’t mean you know me. Just because I’m friends with your ex doesn’t mean you know me. Just because you’ve sat next to me on a plane or a train doesn’t mean you know me. Just because you’re related to me doesn’t mean you know me."

But she found it appropriate to post the following;

posted by Sharanya Manivannan @ 10:31 AM

7 Comments:

Blogger Sharanya Manivannan said...

Eek! The fonts, the fonts! :-S

10:35 AM
Anonymous Vaijanthi said...

Well said, Sharanya!

12:00 PM
Blogger Obiter Dictum said...

Brilliant, well done.

Do Niemoller's words come to mind:

"First they came for communists and I did not speak because I wasn't a communist....."

12:32 PM
Anonymous Mohan Nair said...

Awesome work. During my recent visit to Malaysia, I had chance to talk to many Indians and all said how they were being marginalized by the Malays. I also talked to some Chinese businessmen who privately admitted the same.

The US-Malaysia free trade pact is in limbo because of NEP. I suggest you mobilize folks to write to the Senators at the US foreign affairs committee and see if you an organize a hearing. This will give pressurize the US government to act. But also give wider coverage to the issue in the US. My 2 cents.

6:35 AM
Blogger DRAVIDA PERAVAI said...

A journalist Bala from Junior Vikatan told about your blog. I read your comments. I felt deeply impressed. I had posted it in various forums, including
www.indiainteracts.com
where I write often.Yours is the only brave voice about Malaysian Tamils plght. N.Nandhivarman
General Secretary Dravida Peravai

3:35 PM
Blogger Antares said...

Dynamite interview, Sharanya, bravo! Malaysia's Imigresen officers have been trained to sniff out dangerous DNA. If they let you in on a long-term basis you might REPRODUCE and overwhelm this poor benighted country with beautiful, intelligent, and brave progeny - and none but the enlightened can appreciate those qualities! :-)

12:11 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kudos to you, dear lady.

8:04 PM

That's probably the crappiest excuse I have came across for a long long time.Goddammit, you have no more right to privacy the moment you attack or criticise another person, country or even animal.The privilege is not yours alone, others have the right to do the same. They have the right to defend themselves. The legality of your claim sucks.

As Malaysians we have the right to defend our country.If your blog is not a forum,why post such hard hitting article. Sorry! girl, you have lost your rights to privacy.You are standing on weak ground.You should stand by what you say and prove it to the world that you are right in your presumptions and allegations of apartheid in Malaysia.

Closing your door is an admission of guilt.

8 comments:

SM said...

HL,

First of let me comment on Ms Manivannan please:-

1/ It's a wonder she took so long to leave Malaysia (17 years she stayed in Malaysia no less!). I guess she is fed-up now that she cannot benefit from "our-type" of freedom?!

2/ I never heard of her before this "Flight to Freedom" episode! Hopefully she will crawl back into the "hole" she came out from!

3/ It does not take a Rocket Scientist to figure why she did not allow your comments in her Blog!

Next, my friend on your article:-

1/ I strongly disagree with the ISA. if these 5 HINDRAF members are so "guilty", then charge them in the open in a Court of Law (or maybe the Authorities are scared to do so because the 5 will not get a fair trial! Talk about irony!)

2/ Yesterday our PM had a 2 hour meeting with some "Indian" groups at Putrajaya. It took HINDRAF to come out & "make noise" before this happened! They all agreed that HINDRAF should not have demonstrated. However, where were they before all this happened? Maybe HINDRAF was right...they were championing the rights of the Malaysian Indians?!. I don't think this meeting would have occurred if HINDRAF had not demonstrated.

3/ That brings me to the other point, what has the MIC been doing all this while? What were the MIC Leadership doing while the Hindu Temples were being destroyed? For matters to have come to such a state...well..go figure!

4/ I agree with you that HINDRAF should not have demonstrated. They should have tried other peaceful avenues. Yes, they had enough warning. But, maybe that's just what they wanted?

5/ Sometimes some will have to scarifice for the betterment of the whole. Look at South Africa...how long was Mandela & some of the other "Freedom Fighters" held in detention centres (or worse)? Time will eventually tell how these 5 will be looked upon.

Back to you bro...what are your thoughts? What do we do from here? I see a deep "resentment" simmering beneath the surface, just waiting to burst. God help us because it seems Malaysians are not matured enough to help themselves (that could be one reason why our Leaders "talk down" to us when they speak...you see it on the TV daily.....they have a smirk on their face as if they are talking to little kids!).

Hantu Laut said...

SM,
Using the ISA is due to laziness on the part of the government.It's wrong and makes the government looks bad.

To charge the person in open court would mean substantial amount of work for the police(investigation and gathering of evidence),the AG office(evidence and criminal charges)and the Judiciary(court time to hear cases).You see, that's why the government prefer the ISA.

I think it is disgusting that someone is thrown into prison without giving him a chance to defend himself.This is one of the basic tenets of human rights in a democratic system.The ISA should only be used in time of war or civil unrest.That's why I prefer them to be charged in court under Seditious Act or treason, which falls on the government to prove it in the court of law.

Malaysia is not democratic in the true sense of the word.It is more a guided form of democracy where certain civil liberties are denied,which the government say are for security reason, which I think are more likely for hegemonic reason.

The first fatal mistake Hindraf made was to take their grievances outside the country by running down the government with false accusations.Many Malaysians would have sympatised with them,if they had confined their grievances domestically and the demonstration would have been a booster to the support.

The MIC, not unlike UMNO,only look after themselves and those close to power.If they have done what they claimed they had, than Hindraf wouldn't have come into existence.

A government that's arrogantly think they are irreproachable will surely invite irremediable problem.Those in government should show sensitivity to religious issues.If you have to demolish houses of worship than reasonable alternatives should be offered.

Nelson Mendela,probably the greatest prisoner of conscience, spent 27 years in prison, eventually won his fight against apartheid.Mendela and Ghandi, had similar approach to their problems, non-violence civil disobedience.

As I have said earlier, a government that is not prepared to listen, will eventually kill itself.Some of our leaders are arrogant and made themselves enigmatic to the people and more often than not make fatuous and derogatory comments.

They think most Malaysians are incapable of independent thought.

My crystal ball tells me BN will still win the next election but with reduced majority.Their bigger decline would be in the Chinese and Indian constituencies.

SM said...

HL,

I agree bro. The BN will win the elections again (unless the opposition can "wake" up smell the coffee & work out a proper plan, work together & at the moment they can't even "offer" Malaysians a proper "shadow government").
The most the opposition can do is win more seats than the last elections & maybe if there is a miracle deny the BN a 2/3rds majority - now that is a really "mouth-watering" thought!
My crystal ball tells me that the BN is going to be "wooing" the Chniese & Indians over the next few months (one thing for sure they aren't stupid).

Hantu Laut said...

SM,
The opposition is weak and disunited and not likely to take over the government.At best, if they work harder, they might deny BN the 2/3 majority.

Zawi said...

HL,
I agree fully with you. These Hindraf things scuttled many plans by Bersih to make things better for everyone. They must have their own agenda for doing it. For the moment I would say they deserve the cold storage to cool things down while Bersih can cook up something new.

Hantu Laut said...

Zawi,

The opposition parties including Anwar's PKR should not think of taking over the government.They should work toward getting more seats to deny 2/3 majority to BN.Without 2/3 they become lame duck,they can't amend the constitution, change or pass new laws as and when they like.There will be more accountability and less abuse of power.At the moment they are too big-headed, they have carte blanche, to do whatever they wish.

MCA,Gerakan and MIC may not do well this time.That's why the election is delayed, to give time for the parties to re-organise and regain their electoral support.

The Hindraf problem may be a blessing for UMNO, and, maybe, a death knell for MIC, unless the Malays would still vote for the MIC Indian candidates, which constituencies are mostly marginal.

SM said...

Gents,

It is common knowledge that the Indians have always voted for the Government. In the last Elections, the Chinese also voted for the BN.
I feel that AAB was given the large mandate because Malaysians expected "a change for the better" (read: clean Government, less corruption, etc, etc) which was promised. However, Malaysians are still waiting for the changes. Now we are told to wait some more for the changes to happen?! How long must we wait?
As I have said before, look at what happened in Australia recently...they wanted change & DID something about it.
If at all Malaysia Boleh...then for God's sake let's do it!

Hantu Laut said...

It may not be the same this time round.UMNO cutting its nose to spite its own face.Its arrogance are going to cost the other components like MCA,MIC and Gerakan dearly in the next GE, but than,in politic, there is no permanent enemy or friend.

Like it or not, UMNO going to be around for a long time.It's the devil you know and the other one,the devil you don't know, PKR.