Tuesday, May 19, 2009

1 Malaysia : Where to now...Hindraf?

1. Don’t be fooled by the cards! BN may be retreating but their retreat is a strategic retreat. Don’t be foolhardy and rush down the slopes to claim bounties, BN may be maneuvering to outflank the opposition.

2. The trap is still there. Waythamoorthy should not be too heroic to put his demands. Who is he to think that he can get what he wants? Is he fighting for Hindraf’s cause or is he thinking about his brother’s welfare when he issued the statement?

3. You see, the other 4 Hindraf leaders met the advisory panel. That’s the right thing to do. There’s nothing sinister about it. After all, the advisory panel meets every 6 months and it’s a routine procedure for the panel to meet ISA detainees and former detainees.

4. Hindraf must be realistic now. They have make their points and has their fair share of degrading Malaysia abroad. It is time to talk across negotiating table, with both BN and PR. After all, they claim that they are a movement and not a political party.

5. Hindraf 5 have paid for their sacrifice. But at the same time, we have to abide by the laws. Is there anything wrong if the Authorities request P. Uthayakumar to make himself available at Kamunting? There is nothing wrong with that.

6. There is no provision that says ISA ex-detainees are above the law or untouchable by law and need not accede to Authorities’ request. What Waythamoorthy is doing is going on collision course against the Authorities. Is that the right strategy? No, it is not. So what is Waythamoorthy’s strategy? Is he attempting to make an icon out of his brother? If he plans that, then again he is dead wrong.

7. 2009 is far different from 2007. Back then, Hindraf has the support of thousands. Now, barely 2 years later, Hindraf supporters are in different camps. Some return to MIC fold, some follow Theran, some joins PR, some remains outside. In short, HIndraf has lost most of its members. Waythamoorthy may not notice it since he is too far out and detached from Malaysian scene. He is too busy canvassing for Indian parliament support, asking for British support on Malaysia’s domestic issues that has no relevance to both India and Britain.

8. In 2007, the movement has support because the march was organized soon after Bersih rally. The euphoric feeling of successfully outwitting the Authorities to send the declaration to HRH YDP is still there. And the aftereffects help Hindraf’s cause.

9. In 2009, PM 6 has said it “people first, performance now”. Hindraf should capitalise on this and talks to BN before the slogan gets cold. That’s what Hindraf should do. Instead, Hindraf’s Waymoorthy choose to issue warning to Malaysian authorities. This is the case of 2 months too late. Waythamoorthy may be kicking his ass as he is unable to capitalize on his “arrest “ since he has none. So, he choose the next best, by issuing ultimatum to the authorities. And he do it from far away land. He does not put his dare on Malaysian soil. That in itself shows that he is not a “true” Hindraf fighter.

10. What Waythamoorthy should do now is to return to Malaysia and face the music, if there is any. Then he should be consolidating with Hindraf 5 on their next move. First in the agenda should be to meet with all Indian based parties and list out their needs and present them to Malaysian government, and not to third parties Government unless Waythamoorthy feels that he deserved the third party’s citizenship. If that what he wants and opts for, by all means, go for it….

11. The choice is there. Waythamoorthy’s choice may differ from Hindraf’s needs. If the difference is too great, maybe Waythamoorthy has to part with Hindraf…

12. Till then…G’nite M’sia…wherever u are…


Justice4All said...

I have a slightly different opinion. The ISA being an unjust law, former detainees should not legitimise it by allowing authorities to dictate where they should meet or live or do. I believe that former detainees should disobey such orders. To see the leaders do that will encourage the people to continue the struggle for justice.

I agree that this is a critical time for Hindraf, as you have pointed out. Hindraf needs to carefully think what it wants to achieve & the best way to achieve it. I think they should not break any just laws, and should not use words like "war" to describe their struggle. They should work with other citizens groups better.

nightcaller said...


Thks for ur opinion. First we have to understand the spirit of ISA whereby it was first used as deterence and to protect the country from insurgents. The PM at that time promised that ISA will only be used for a period of 1 year afterwhich it will be subjected to parliamentary review. This was not done and instead ISA was later used for "political detention".

In order to abolish ISA, first the current lawmakers should push for parliamentary review of ISA where it can be thoroughly debated and officially abolished. In the meantime, the detainees and former detainees has to meet with the review board as this will not give the Authorities any reason to keep ISA. If the detainees and former detainees choose to disobey such orders, it will give the Authorities reasons to continue with ISA. This is not the time for public disobedience when all indicators are showing that the ISA laws will be finally laid to rest.

On the Hindraf issue, u correctly pointed out that their leaders should refrain from using metaphorical words like "war" as this will means confrontation with the authorities. Their leaders should now use the opportunity to air their grievances since Samy Vellu and MIC has lost their grapplehold on the Indians.