When the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC), established post the BERSIH 2.0 rally last year to lend an impression that efforts were being made to look into the need for reforms to our electoral process sat to hear testimonies of those who stepped forward to assist the Committee, the PSC took the position that they could not hear the BERSIH 2.0 steering committee representatives given that the Home Minister had issued an order outlawing the steering committee.
Strange, then, that Najib, according to his errand boy Nazri, is now willing to talk to outlawed Hindraf to discuss solutions to the Indian community’s long-standing problems. Malaysiakini has the story HERE.
The only viable solution, not just of the woes of the Indian community but of every one of the 40% marginalised in the country, that I can think of, is to see the end of the UMNO / BN reign post the 13th GE.
And I would urge the leadership of Hindraf to see beyond just the plight of the marginalised Indians as they contemplate this move by Najib.
Uthayakumar wants 5 of 18 demands submitted to the Pak Lah administration in 2007 implemented by 1st January, next year, before Hindraf will accede to a meeting with Najib.
Wayhta wants the ban on Hindraf lifted.
“We are not too enthusiastic with the PM’s invitation as we fear it will be used by BN to gain mileage as the election is near. “However, if Najib is sincere in meeting Hindraf, he should first lift the ban on the movement and then we will talk”, Waytha is reported to have said.
As far as I know, Waytha is the chairman of Hindraf and therefore this appeal goes out to him.
Hindraf’s relevance and vitality in our national politics today does not turn on Najib according you legitimacy.
Hindraf has the the respect and admiration of so many because it rose to challenge, without compromise, a corrupt and tyrannical regime.
Do not be seen to be, or perceived, as compromising now, by negotiating with the very robbers and thieves who are the reason why so many Malaysians live in poverty and a state of deprivation.
You have read Najib well in articulating your fears that he only intends to use Hindraf to further his own ends in the impending general election.
Victory is with the rakyat if we can stay united and resist the many efforts, such as this latest, by Najib, UMNO and BN to divide us.
If Najib is sincere in meeting Hindraf, you ask?
This man is incapable of any sincerity.
He loudly announced he would abolish the ISA, and gave us the Security Offences Act in its place.
Section 27 of the Police Act, 1967 repealed and the Peaceful Assembly Act thrust in our faces.
Have you forgotten Altantuya, bro?
Waytha, if, for and on behalf of Hindraf, you feel obliged to respond to the PM’s eleventh hour wooing of the movement that you now lead, why not borrow the following words of Oliver Cromwell and say little else?
“You have sat too long for any good you may have done. Depart, we say, and let us be done with you. In the name of God, go!”