A time to come together as one and secure justice and equality for all

Posted on November 28, 2007

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Hindraf champions the cause of the downtrodden Indians.

My friends and I in the ‘One People, One Nation’ initiative desire the emancipation of all peoples of our nation, without discrimination, without exclusion, without exception.

It follows that the ‘One People, One Nation’ initiative encompasses and includes the legitimate interests of those whom Hindraf presently stand for.

I believe that the Hindraf leadership, too, wishes the best for all Malaysians.

Perhaps, though, in articulating their concerns for the disadvantaged Indians and in advancing their demands to set right the ills in the Indian community, they may have erred, whether in the choice of words or in the framing of demands.

To err is, after all, human.

I ask the Hindraf leadership to reflect on this, and if you find any truth in what I say here, why not offer conciliatory words and an olive branch that may ease any hurt to any quarter occasioned by such error?

Say sorry.

There is no shame in it.

I know.   

I say again that in substance, both Hindraf and the ‘One People, One Nation’ initiative desire the same thing.

We are, therefore, not opponents.

BN and its ‘divide and rule’ blueprint is our common enemy.

Let me also acknowledge that where the ‘One People, One Nation’ initiative is still working on its outreach to the Malay heartland, Hindraf has succeeded in reaching out to the impoverished, disadvantaged Indians.

The crowds on Sunday bear testimony to this. 

Let us give credit where it is due.

Sunday was a start. Where do you go from there?

I ask the Hindraf leadership to note the concerns being articulated by many about the methods they have adopted and the demands they have made.

I ask the Hindraf leadership to not take these as criticisms of you, but as concerns voiced by those who are on your side.

I am one of those.

Both Hindraf and the ‘One People, One Nation’ initiative must recognise that because the target of our respective initiatives differ, the latter’s being wider in scope, so too our methods and our strategies differ.

The Hindraf leadership, I hope, will forgive me for this observation, and that is, that Hindraf has thus far taken an isolationist approach in pursuing its cause.

Perhaps, until Sunday, circumstances made it necessary.

The danger that we face now is that, if we pursue our respective strategies and methods independent of each other rather than working together on a common strategy, neither will get anywhere and the current status quo will remain.

In all humility, I say that if Hindraf is to take the cause that it now champions to its desired end, it must now change course.

I ask the Hindraf leadership to reflect upon this with an open heart.  

My friends and I would welcome with open arms the Hindraf leadership to come together as one and secure justice and equality for all.

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