Monday, November 26, 2007

A SUNDAY WALK WITH MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

Eric and I were to rendezvous with Haris Ibrahim at the KLCC station at 8.30am. At 8.10 Harris messaged that we meet at Dang Wangi, as the Ampang Park and KLCC stations were closed. (If people complained, the running dog media will say it is all because of the Walk.)


As we walked together with the Bar Council Monitoring Team towards Jl. Ampang, the gathering gathered force by the time we reached the Renaissance Hotel. As we walked towards the Wisma Selangor Dredging the air had this irritable pungency that stung the eyes. Earlier the Police had unleashed their chemically laced water canon and lobbed tear gas into a crowd, irregardless of some people having their Sunday breakfast at one of the sidewalk joints. We could not move forward. During this respite, I gave my mineral water to a participant to wash his already teary and bloodshot eyes. I urged him to give his eye a good wash afterwhich he returned the bottle to me, saying, “Uncle keep some for yourself.” That encapsulated the spirit of the day; caring for and sharing with one another.

I HAVE BEEN WONDERING HOW COME THE RED CRESCENT AND THE ST. JOHN AMBULANCE ARE NOT AROUND TO RENDER AID? AREN’T THEY INDEPENDENT, WELFARE AGENCIES, PLEDGED TO GIVE MEDICAL AID TO FRIEND OR FOE? SOMEBODY, GIVE US AN ANSWER PLEASE!


Except for the acrid haze enveloping us, a calm descended as progress was impeded by a phalanx of red personnel carriers.

I took the opportunity to engage my fellow-walkers. Palani, an electronic technician from Kedah volunteered, “We are here not for the money from the Queen. We are here my friends and I to ask for fair treatment and equal opportunities “ His friends echoed similar sentiments but the most vocal was Sundaraj from Sentul. “Our temples are torn down, our gods are bulldozed into pieces. Samy Velu did not protest for us, so we have to do it ourselves.”

I took a dicey chance but told Kumaresan from Sri Petaling that despite this the Indians will still vote for MIC. His immediate retort had a finality about it: “Not this time, uncle.” However, Kumaresan’s friend, seemingly angry at my statement asked: “You Chinese, why are you here?” “To support you,” I shot back. And he shook my hand. It was a meaningful handshake. It conveyed gratitude and determination. Jokingly while shaking my hand, he said: “I thought you Special Branch, uncle.” How do I qualify for this tag?


At around 9.30am, we heard some loud clapping and cheering that was eventually followed by the sharp popping sound that heralded the launching of volleys of tear gas.

. We retreated back to Saloma Restaurant.


Because we were not making any progress forward we decided to take a cab, headed into Jalan Raja Abdullah, come out to Jalan Raja Muda to sneak into Jalan Tun Razak. Just after the junction to Jl. Gurney the cab refused to proceed. We alighted and that’s when Eric and I befriended an FRU officer who, besides telling us he had not slept since last evening, guaranteed that their job was not to arrest, but to disperse the unlawful gathering. (Notice, no name tag, just FRU). But he sure looked spent and frayed. Somehow I liked him. His body language said amongst other things that he had to obey his commanding officer. Yes I liked him. I could empathize with him,


unlike some who sadistically proved


they derive pleasure from inflicting pain or violence.

Whilst there was no way we could go near the High Commission, we chanced upon Mark and Lucy from Puchong. Mark showed us the kick mark he received earlier. Lucy, his wife concurred. His parting shot to us before he walked away: “I used to scold my wife for always voting opposition. I will follow her this time.”


At 2.40pm Haris messaged that the organizers had asked the gathering to disperse peacefully. That I am sure the people did. Generally, the tone was peaceful except for some shouts of warnings and cheering. I did not hear any tauntings and booing. But, I bet a round of beers, that this overwhelming crowd will never vote MIC again.

Let me just volunteer this to the party in power: “DON’T GIVE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE MASSES TO HATE YOU. TRY CONSCIENTIOUSLY TO RECALL WHAT STARTED THE FRENCH REVOLUTION. I WILL HELP YOU. WASN’T IT HATRED FOR THE RULING CLASS AND THEIR RUNNING DOGS?



For more updates, visit: I Am A Malaysian, Screenshots, Nat Tan and Shangai Fish.
Pics courtesy from above blogs.

44 comments:

kopi O geng said...

Today, our Malaysian Indian brothers and sisters have victory in their hands! I am proud of them for their unity and bravery despite the violent acts by the police. They are making a history today!

Today after seeing they walked with peace and dignity, I see potentials and hopes for Malaysia.

Let us together vote the current government out!

Mosesfoo said...

Zorro, appreciate your bridge-building.

Regards,
Moses

Anonymous said...

pictures round the blogs paint a generally peaceful gathering except for the water cannons and tear gas aimed at the people. but read the damn star paper. it tells a different picture of violence by the protestors! that shit paper ought to be condemned to the dustbin.

Anonymous said...

Bravo to all the brave men and women who took part in Hindraf gathering.

Anonymous said...

Beside those bodohs, monkeys & pondans in bn, to those self-centred individuals rejecting or slamming Hindraf rally, pls remember...

First They Came for the Jews

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.

Pastor Martin Niemöller

And for the 1st time salute Susan Loone in - Only Hypocrites Will Ask Hindraf Not To Rally.

peng said...

You are a true Malaysian indeed. I too do not share the trillion dollar class-action claim but I do empathise with our fellow Malaysians calling for this cause. As I watched the TV footages of yesterday’s events, I can’t help but think that the authorities over reacted. With the road blocks and roads closures… As if they are expecting an emergency situation of a mammoth kind. I was shocked to see rounds of tear gas fired into a group of people. If the objective is to disperse the crowd, why the continuous firing of tear gas, without even stopping to check if the crowd is moving back (which I saw the people did). I was sad to see such scenes in our once peaceful Malaysian roads. Why not give them a permit to rally. Set conditions for a peaceful rally and if the organisers failed to comply, appropriate actions to be taken. What I do not understand is why the PM’s S-I-L was given a permit to protest during Condoliza Rice’s visit. I saw the footages too and blimey, he was rowdy, behaved like a ruffian. Why this double standard I mused. Is it because he’s more learned and therefore will behave like a gentlemen? Sigh! I am becoming more and more disillusioned with the people up there who are entrusted to run this country. But I am glad there are still people like you and Eric who are not afraid to speak out what is right. For now, I can only pray and pray hard for justice in this country. Have a good day.

Sagaladoola said...

HINDRAF Rally of the Marginalised (Videos and Pics)

Anonymous said...

Let it be known to our Indian friends that the majority of chinese and some malays are supportive of their cause. All these will become apparent during the general elections, trust me. Keep up the good fight!

zorro said...

I deleted a comment by crescenet when Eric Voon alerted me as it being a spam. Ta Eric.The beer session zt the PJ Club after the Sunday Walk was invigorating.

zorro said...

Peng, and all you people in this comment box' your sentiments injected strength to our tired legs on Sunday.Thanks.

seri ati said...

Congratulations for peaceful rally and for that giant step.
I wish I were there; but we (very) senior citizens can easily catch cold and cold feet when sprayed with water.
I can see that this rally will tremendously help Umno to gain votes in the Malay areas, esp the rural ones. It provides 'proofs' to what they have been shouting about the 'Ketuanan Melayu' and the need to protect Malay interest. But the struggle tor justice and fair play must should go on. Be sensitive, rational and keep an eve keel..
Good luck from an ordinary Malay.

toyolbuster said...

Zorro,
Thanks a zillion for the updates. I wish to take this opportunity to salute my brave Indian Brothers and Sisters and I pray and hope that my own Chinese Brothers and Sisters will be equally brave to stand up for our rights. What has happened to our democratic rights.

Anonymous said...

Okay what kena sembur air, batu buruk in terengganu the malays were shot with live bullet. komplen lebih, kena sikit dah nangis.

umar rentaka said...

What happened to respect to our dear Malaysian Flag. FRU was shooting chemical laced water onto our Flags. Isn't this an offense? The FRU should be prosecuted for defiling our National Flag.

zewt said...

i cant believe u went... i salute you...i truly salute you.

tat FRU guy didnt look as though he didnt sleep since last evening though. it looks as though he can beat up 10 guys still.

Anonymous said...

The Indians have also been discriminated in the private sector by unfair ethics by people who are also claiming to be victimised by the majority govt. Yet when these people are in authority they also show their colours of discriminating for their own kind. This smacks somewhat like the pot calling the kettle black.I am sure God will teach such people a good lesson in this lifethime.

Loother Queen.

ewoon said...

zorro,

i just want to put on record here that i was proud to have walked with you.

i'll say it again ... for your age you walk like a young hero and your gait definitely belies your years of seniority.

thanks again for the beers.

zorro said...

seri ata: a most profound sentiment

umar rentaka: a discerning observation.

anon8.21: same goes to the running dogs in MCA

zewt: close-up he look tired...physically I dont know but emotionally yes.

anon5.51...yes in tengganu they used live bullets. Probably the police were warned not to. And morever, the gathering was peaceful....there were no insults flung at the cops....the crowd behaved even when water-cannoned at close range....let's be fair with our remarks. The nangis because of the tear gas.

nstman said...

Zorro, I salute you. I thank you for empathising with the plight of a community which has become the under class in the country. if Abdullah Badawi and his Umno and Barisan sycophants dont realise the seriousness of the situation, then god help Malaysia.

concerned citizen said...

first of all, well done to my fellow brothers and sisters. it is disheartening to look at world news on how you were treated on sunday. and i was really pissed off when i read the star paper today for a very one sided news.

Peter said...

I hope the Bersih and Hindraf rallies signify the downfall of the rotten BN regime; losing its 2/3 majority in 12th GE ang get booted out by 13th GE.

And Mr. Khoo,I salute your courage and bravery in voicing out for the poors and under-privileged .

Anonymous said...

you are one stubborn Malaysian chinese ...but honest/brave enough to say whats in your head !

That much I can'r say for most other "pragmatic" chinese , especially those super thinkers an bloggers who tears the govt commentaries and what nots to shreds but when it matters most conveniently disappears to take care of "pressing" matters ( like sending their loving daughters to piano classes then to KFC followed by bee movie in GSC.

I would want to have a beer with you soon at npc , to see the real zorro. tell me nowssssadays where got such living heroes anymore ?

avid political blogs watchers
...there are too many con political bloggers out there !

mindon said...

It is alarming to note the Police violating the rights of Malaysians of Indian origin to assemble freely as guranteed in the constitution.

Hindraf lawyers were unlawfuly arrested and threathened since the Shah Alam temple demolition excercise carried out by the town council.

These escalating acts of violation only serve to confirm the recent statement of a EU representative that "Malaysia is still under a state of Emergency."

If the police continue to act as unquestioning servants of Umno or as their agents then citizens in this country will become mere captives similar to that of regimes in Pakistan and Myanmar.

It is disturbing to observe that the police authorised a permit to Umno Youth to conduct street demonstrations while Condola Rice visted Malaysia a few months ago.

The American flag was burnt by Umno youth leaders and death threats were made against America, Israel and the West.

All this was witnessed by FRU and other police personell who offered "protection" to them and "proctected" them from the public until they had finished their demonstration.

If such action persists, citizens in Malaysia will be in grave danger. I appeal all Malaysians reading this to stand against such tyranny and to ensure that the right of minorities to voice their dissent is not penalised or criminalised.

This is not what multicultural Malaysians agreed to at Merdeka and it is time that the police and the executive cease misusing the authority vested in them.

Malaysians must not tolerate any attempt or intimidation to silence their voice. Let not those elected by the rakyat consider themselves above the law, and may justice be restored as it was at Merdeka.

Mat Salo said...

Unker Zorro!

I am so proud of you, Sir! You set an example for us Malaysians to follow. Too bad I'm in the swamps Sir, I would gladly walk with you anytime, anywhere. Of course, the tani session at PJ Club would've been the "bonus" *wink*.

Salute to you all!

-Swampman-

bergen said...

I reckon you haven't read what this Uthaya guy wrote in the memo, have you?

You've been had by a con artist.

zorro said...

Bergen, credit me with a wee bit of intelligence. Of course I read. Rocky published the full text. And did you read my reason for joining the rally?
Just in case you missed it:
My participation in this walk has got nothing, absolutely nothing to do with claiming compensation from the British Queen. It has got nothing to do with Hindraf. It has got nothing to do with being against the incumbent government. But it has everything to do with the marginalised Indians, Malays, and Chinese, especially the destitute and abject poor.

And if you had read my Saturday post you might get a better insight into why I did it.

If your posting is of concern for me, I thank you.

If your comment was to scorn or belittle, it is of no concern to me. It will not affect me.

If you gloat at my being conned, I can stomach your self-righteousness.

However, I cannot stomach a sanctimonious windbag.

zorro said...

My dear Swampman. Thank You. You would be an excellent walking companion....that is before the beers.

Mindon, NSTman, Concerned Citizen and Peter - Those problems we live with today can all be changed come election day. Work on that. Pass this on.

Anonymous said...

third round shud be the chinese marching for the education's right for every malaysian. Fourth round shub be the combination of all yhe three marches. Then you will start seeing the BN peeing in thier pants.

Anonymous said...

what can i say....it's just another roadshow..to show the global how immatured are this fellow malaysian....its becoming an entertaiment....my fellow malaysian...we are educated ppl..road show illegal gathering will never solve the problem...for the indian community choose the right leader....and dont get carried away...or change direction on the election day...like wat you all usually do...IJOK was the best example...

anyway it is a plus point for BN...this shows...how ugly malaysia can turn into if opposition takeover.

and to the hindraf religious group....ur action have created more tense among other community....everyone knew it wont be a peaceful march but you all still went ahead.... my one cent opinion.....the police really did the good job to maintain the peace in KL.

zorro said...

Anon 4.28am. Obviously you are a full-time lover or a part-time lackey (read running dog) of the BN. "the police did a good job to maintain peace in KL" you said. If you were there, which I doubt, you would have noticed that it was a peaceful march until the police released the cannisters AT the people and sprayed the chemical-laced water canon DIRECTLY ON (see pics) the people. Yet the people stood where they were.The marchers did not destroy public or private property. The presence of fully-padded and fully armed (yes assault arms)police personnel were intimidating. Yet the people stood their ground. They just wanted to be heard. If the aim of the marchers was violence they could with some effort overwhelm the police, but that was not their intention. They just wanted to be heard. Can you understand that? You cant because you have abdicated this function to your masters who think for you.
And did your masters tell you that Hindraf is a religious group....see how easily you are duped. Dont sell your soul so cheaply brother. I do not subscribe to what Hindraf stands for, not yet. Hindraf may have used the occasion, but the gathering were made up of people who said enough is enough. You think that is their idea of a sunday picnic? You said:anyway it is a plus point for BN...this shows...how ugly malaysia can turn into if opposition takeover.
Malaysia is already ugly under the BN. Who are you to say that the opposition cannot do better. Remember it is two down already - Blair and Howard (both lackeys of Bush) have lost to the opposition.
The crowd on Sunday, you bet, will never vote MIC or BN. We may not have sufficient time to defeat BN and the Election Commission, but we will erode their majority such that you may even want to pay to come over to the opposition. Good idea huh, but we do not need running dogs.

Anonymous said...

DEAR ZORRO,

You are a fine Malaysian, willing to risk your well being for the good of other community. For that I salute you. Though not participating in such event, I fully support the protest of Hindraf and Bersih rallies.
It is high time that those in power begin to look into the fairness in wealth distribution in the country, and not being lopsided in their approach where concern is only geared towards only one race. The many issues of the country which have to do with corruptions, power abuses, electorial manipulations, murders in high places, have been conveniently swept under the carpet. The public are treated as if they are retarded or idiots and blind to all the abuses that has been going on. Its time we all make ourselves heard one way or another.
The Indian community have been marginalized and sideline for too long. The subsequence of that is that many get involved in drugs,
alcoholism, abuses,and gangsterism.
How much will it cost to grant assitance and education so that we can bring them into the main stream of the society, so that they can contribute effectively to our economy? Are not all of them important human resources to our country?
Each and everyone of us must now take the responsibility to print out well researched and good articles such as those written in Malaysiakini, Malaysia-today, to disseminate and educate the public at large, so that they will not be fooled by the propagnda of the mainstreams news.
At the end of it, I hope no one will make uninformed decisions in casting their votes at the ballot box, and not pawn away their future for a mere RM50.

Krishna said...

All this is just the rising to the surface of frustration at the inequities that have not just existed since Independence but seem to have been taken to greater heights. The Hindraf rally was different from the Bersih rally in only one respect. It was composed predominantly of Malaysians of Indian ethnicity. And while they did call themselves the Hindu Rights action force their numbers did include a large number of Christians. But they were all protesting on the same issues, the inequities that exist in Malaysia. Inequities such as corruption and the inefficiencies that arise from it even in common every day services such as getting a phone line, utilities connected, driving licences et. al. The price we pay for this corruption extends to poor education and access to decent health care. And It doesn't stop there for then we have blatant discrimination and abuses of the system. The list does go on.

The Bersih and Hindraf rallys came about because of a belief. That belief was that you could continually take liberties with people and keep them in check. But, and this is the crux of the matter. We are all born with a clear sense of right and wrong. Even criminals outside of society. And when you continually see inequity and injustice doled out on a daily basis this will give rise initially to anguish and despair. Ultimately, however, frustration, anger and aggression will surface.

Malaysians are generally not an expressive lot. Indians even more so. If anything the Indian community up to the early eighties were clearly quiet, polite and submissive (and the fact is, those traits are seen as weaknesses in Malaysia). But fifty years of discrimination and abuse have taken their toll. The signs were clearly there culminating in the ongoing protests. This from a people who were predominantly submissive and quiet? Social conditioning caused this.

You cannot have a continual imbalance. Just because nothing happened for fifty years doesn't mean that undercurrents will not rise to the surface. Look what happened in South Africa. After years of being abused and maltreated by a supremacist white regime the Native Africans protested for change. And despite, no, because of all they were faced with and subjected to, this reinforced their resolve for change. You can hold inequity and imbalance by force and intimidation for only a limited period but this will by it's very existence force a change in the psyche of the people you deal with, progressively making them harder and more cynical and ultimately more demonstrative of their unhappiness.

Kris

mangchik said...

Bang,

I salute u for your courage and open mindedness. I too have no qualms in supporting Hindraf's right to assemble peacefully. But after looking at the Hindraf's memorandum to Gordon Brown which is displayed at RockyBru's website, I began to have doubts as i believe it has been exaggerated to a certain degree, and with the presence of veiled threats which does not solve the issue and is a let down on the whole intention. Your comments bro,tx.

Dr. M.SIVA said...

To all my Chinese and Malay brothers and sisters - thank you very, very much for supporting us with the rally. I was very proud of all of you for joining us on that day. Finally, I truly believe that theres's chance for all of us to live as one peaceful nation and as Malaysian - Dr. M.SIVA

seri ati said...

I cannot relate to the Memo, which appears to be very parochial, exaggerated, narrow minded and misleading, if not vaguely militant.
Yes, I will walk and be sprayed, But I will not sit beside the writer of such memo. He stinks as much as those Umno *%#*&^s.

Anonymous said...

Dear Malaysians,

Do you want malaysia to be like other countries?You know better....we do have proper channels to voice yr ideas and dissatisfaction...NOT through street demostration.Did you get anything? Sob..sob..sob

Anonymous said...

Ashok was overly dressed for the occasion...hahaha

SMS said...

I fully support the rally because if things go on the way they are, the minorities are going to be buried alive. As it is they expect "the silent minorities to remain silent". And, Malaysia would be a peaceful place if not for the *&^%$@! who keep making racist remarks on TV, especially during the UMNO speeches and get away with it EVERY TIME. And since I can remember, interviews and speeches made by Ministers have always been laced with racism, eg telling the Malays that they have to be better than "bangsa lain". If the "bangsa lain" can do so and so, why not you... The worst I believe is education. All children should be given equal opportunity to learn and to further their studies. Why should children be discriminated against just because of their race? Why the quota? We have over the years seen so much discrimination, and I believe the time has come for us to be heard, whether UMNO likes it or not. And, I also believe that a well-educated and very capable person should kick Samy Velu's ass out of our lives forever.

Anonymous said...

Hi buddy i m a malaysian. Carries on the good works. I know its very hard to change but it does not mean cannot. Work on it i would like to see a better indian communities. Don't hope for your MIC leaders to help, a simple answer is THEY WILL NOT.
Your futures is in your hand so vote wisely.

mak jun yeen said...

I am a little apprehensive of any movement that is religiously and ethnically exclusive.

The sentiment that the poor of Indian extraction (read Tamil plantation or ex-plantation Tamil Indian Community members) have been neglected are real.

But the Indians (Sikhs, Gujaratis, Sindhis, Mawaris included)as a whole have been left in the state of dire poverty and neglect, and face discrimination, oppression and I can't be really sure.

Growing up in Brickfields, I have had friends whose forefathers were brought by the Brits as railway labourers living in the fringes of Scott Rd. Many of them lived in huts with no electricities. Many involved themselves in petty crime, small time thuggery (they dont bother people living in the neigbourhood as we were part of the "Hood"). Some has done time in Jerejak.

Well, most of them have given up those days and have pulled themselves out of poverty.

Many now are married and own homes doing small business, work in Hotels. One or two even became lawyers.

My father in laws had 8 children, to feed on his meagre salary, he made sure all of them got adequate education some of them hold high post in GLC, my wife is a lawyer. I ask her have she ever felt marginalised, she can't say for sure but she has caught up with Hindraf fever even though she is ambivalent.

When I get sick, 9 out of ten visits to the clinics I meet a doctor of Indian origins.

All my secretaries through out my pratcise are of Indian extraction earning 4 figure salaries. And not living in dire poverty.

I am ambivalent about Hindraf, because of the half-truths they tell, 50 years ago, 80 percent of the Tamilians work in plantations with handful of professinals, Just ask your self, is that still hold true? IF yes then there is something wrong, if there is a vibrant Indina middle class today which I see every weekend in Jalan Tengku Kelana,Klang, I can't say there is no progress.

Like my English brother in law would say, if the brits are still running the country, Indians will still be tapping rubber.

This Hindraf thing puts me away because it is coauched in a narrow ethno-religio-and class struggle, and slogans like the "Indians are Poor, and Deprived and Victimised" are degrading to tens of thousands of Indians who have pulled themself out of poverty through their own hard work.

I shall leave my comment here with the golden words of Swami Vivekananda " If you believe you are in chains then you are in fact being chained by your belief".

Anonymous said...

I won't walk for someone's narrow, racist political agenda.

I was out of KL. But if I wasn't, I wouldn't have walked. I would have covered it as a blogger and a journalist. I posted earlier that Hindraf supporters should be allowed to walk and protest and I stand by that, but I would not have joined hands with them.
Why?

Read Hindraf's memorandum to Gordon Brown, appealing to the British PM to refer Malaysia to the World Court and the International Criminal Court. After reading the memo, I realised that Mr P. Uthayakumar and Hindraf have misled many to support their own agenda.

I hope Mr Uthayakumar stays in the ring and not seek asylum again, as he did a few years ago, when the kitchen gets too hot.

Read it.

HINDRAF
Hindu Rights Action Force
No. 135-3-A, Jalan Toman 7,
Kemayan Square,
70200 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
Malaysia. Tel : 06-7672995/6
Fax: 06-7672997 Email waytha@hotmail.com

15.11.2007
The Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown
Prime Minister of the United Kindom
10 Downing Street, Fax: +442079250918
London, URGENT
SW1A 2AA

Dear Sirs,

RE: 1. COMMONWEALTH ETHNIC INDIAN PEACE LOVING SUBJECTS IN MALAYSIA PERSECUTED BY GOVERNMENT BACKED ISLAMIC EXTREMIST VIOLENT ARMED TERRORIST WHO LAUNCHED A PRE DAWN VIOLENT ARMED ATTACK AND DESTROYED THE KG JAWA MARIAMAN HINDU TEMPLE AT 4.00 A.M THIS MORNING (15.11.2007).

2. APPEAL FOR U.K TO MOVE EMERGENCY U.N RESOLUTION CONDEMNING “ETHNIC CLEANSING” IN MALAYSIA.

3. APPEAL TO REFER MALAYSIA TO THE WORLD COURT AND INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT FOR CRIMES AGAINST IT’S OWN ETHNIC MINORITY INDIANS.

We refer to the above critical matters in Malaysia but which generally gets the least attention locally even by the Opposition parties, NGO’s, the Malaysian Human Rights Commission and the media for this community is generally regarded as politically insignificant, do not draw local or international funding and are deemed not pressworthy. To the contrary the Malaysian government has successfully projected itself to the world as a modern Islamic thinking country which is not true.

The ethnic minority Indians in Malaysia were brought in to Malaysia by the British some 200 over years ago. Since independence in 1957 the Malaysian Indians have been permanently colonialised by the Islamic fundamentalist and Malay chauvinists UMNO led Malaysian government.

Among the recent atrocities committed by this government are as follows:-

1.100 over Indians were slashed and killed by the UMNO controlled Malaysian government in the Kampung Medan mini genocide. Despite numerous appeals, the Malaysian Human Rights Commission has refused to hold a Public Inquiry. The UMNO controlled Malaysian courts struck off a victim’s public interest civil suit for a Public Inquiry to be held without even the said UMNO controlled government having to file in their defence. The UMNO controlled Attorney General and the Inspector General of Police refused to investigate and / or initiate an inquest into the death of at least six Indians in this tragedy despite.

2. Every week one person at average is killed in a shot to kill policy and in every 2 weeks one person is killed in police custody. About 60% of these victims are Indians though they form only 8% of the Malaysian population.

3. In every three weeks one Hindu temple is demolished in Malaysia.

The latest being the demolishment of the Mariaman temple in Padang Jawa, Shah Alam, Selangor early this morning (15.11.2007) and the next being the (Mutaiya) Hindu temple in Sungai Petani scheduled for the 29.11.2007.

A violent armed pre down attack at 4.00a.m this morning was launched by the UMNO controlled Malaysian government backed by about 600 police, riot police, Islamic extremist and armed terrorists which completely destroyed this temple.

In an attack two weeks ago, uniformed police, riot police and city Council officers hurled rocks and attacked unarmed Hindu devotees with knives, sticks and iron rods.

At least 20 Hindu devotees were seriously injured and 19 arrested including 4 of their United Kingdom trained lawyers in direct violation of Article 5 (Right to life) Article 8 (Equality) Article 11 (Freedom of Religion) Section 295 (defiling a place of worship), Section 296 (disturbing a religious assembly), 298A(causing racial disharmony) and Section 441(criminal trespass) of the Malaysian Penal Code.

These authorities are plagued by an above the law mindset and in fact liberally take the law into their own hands. These atrocities however does not happen to almost all Islamic places of worship. Please visit www.policewatchmalaysia.com for further and better particulars.

4. State sponsored direct discrimination against the Indians in Public University intakes, Indian (Tamil) Schools, skills training institutes, civil service and private sector job opportunities, business and license opportunities and in almost all other aspects of daily life.

Despite our hundreds of letters, appeals and pleas to the Malaysian King and Sultans, the Prime Minister, Attorney General, Inspector General of Police, Ministers, Chief Ministers and the latest being our letters to the Prime Minister dated 29.10.2007 and 30.10.2007 and to the Attorney General dated 1.11.2007 the Malaysian authorities are only proceeding with greater ferocity and with impunity with very little regard for the Federal Constitution and laws of Malaysia. So please help us.

CONCLUSION

We fear that this peace loving Indian community of Tamil origin having been pushed to the corner and the persecution getting worse by the day may be forced to into terrorism in a matter of time as what has happened to the Sri Lankan Tamils.

APPEAL

On our part we are committed to a peaceful and lawful struggle and pray and appeal that the Government of the United Kingdom:-

1. Moves an emergency United Nations resolution condemning these state sponsored atrocities and persecutions of Malaysian Indians in Malaysia.

2. Refers Malaysia to the World Court and the International Criminal Court for Crimes against it’s own ethnic minority Indians

Thank You,

Yours Faithfully

P.Uthayakumar
Legal Adviser

Anonymous said...

Who is Ananda Krishnan...

One of the richest man in Malaysia.. above all the Malay..

Please think....

zorro said...

Anon 5.16pm.
Yes I read the letter to Brown. Now read this when I announced participation in the Walk:

"My participation in this walk has got nothing, absolutely nothing to do with claiming compensation from the British Queen. It has got nothing to do with Hindraf. It has got nothing to do with being against the incumbent government. But it has everything to do with the marginalised Indians, Malays, and Chinese, especially the destitute and abject poor. The government has paid a lot of lip-service but done little to elevate our disadvantaged from the throes of poverty. And this, after 50 years of boasted prosperity. I am just an angry Malaysians who sees our priorities dissipated to sending people into space and pandering to the rich and famous under the guise of attracting tourist dollars, whilst the Malaysian poor grovel in stark poverty' I question how much of these earned money is channeled to the poor."

Brother, any chance of me visiting your blog?

zorro said...

Mangchik,
I do not and will not support any race-based party. I have read the memo. I did not walk in support of the memo. To me the handing over of the petition was a ruse. Hindraf's idea was to get the people out in the streets. They succeeded. But the people who went out in the streets we people sincere about thier's or their peoples plight. The march peacefully, they stood their ground despite the abuse rained and thrown at them. I SALUTE MY INDIAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

Commentor Mak Jun Yee has similar sentiments m(above).