When I announced in my blog that I was attending the HINDRAF protest I received a call from a former student Terence Netto, formerly a journalist for the MSM but now a columnist for Malaysiakini, asking me not to. My reply to him was simply that I want to atone for my then helpless or insufficient responses to the abject poverty my Sentul students had to endure. No my participation in this historic event was not sympathy for, but more empathy with my less fortunate students, their siblings and particularly their parents.
In writing about this event prior to the rally I had my share of “bashing” in the form of an imposter. I was alerted by Susan Loone, who was based in Bangkok then and now back in Penang with Malaysikini. The offending article was carried by a friend-blogger Zianol Abidin of Mahaguru58, who when alerted immediately took off the posting and apologized like a gentleman he is. HERE and HERE.
My friend Commander Thaya, wrote today in Malaysiakini:
Now, Hindraf after accusing the present regime of “ethnic cleansing” and cataloguing decades’ worth of “crimes” against the Indian community asks this same community to give Umno-BN a two-thirds majority. This is a betrayal to everyone who advocated on behalf of Hindraf, but more importantly to the community they claim to represent. The MIC and their cyber goons have claimed that Hindraf belongs to or supports racists’ organisations from India with the goal of eliminating the Malay race. In the real world, Hindraf has not only been harassed by these same goons - I was there when Hindraf marched and know of those MIC cretins, who were egging on the police to shower us with gas - and by the outsourced thugs of Umno. Is Hindraf going to walk hand in hand with them and propagate the lies of Umno? HERE
Two days before Najib signed an MOU with Hindraf, they had already nominated sacked PKR Zulkifli Nordin as their candidate for Shah Alam. And we thought that Ibrahim Ali was the devil incarnate! Will Shah Alam Indians smell Zul Nordin’s armpits? Or are they waiting for instructions from their new mandores? Or have the Hindraf leaders forgotten THIS?
Waythamoorthy said it was not the group's agenda to seek a change in government but only to seek upliftment of the Indian community.
I am sure the big wigs in Hindraf got more than a bag of rice and cooking oil. Word has it that UMNO even paid for an Australian property owned by one of the Hindraf top cats. I don’t want to believe that my Indian friends’ leaders are going so cheap. I have more Indian and Malay friends than Chinese friends and it is disgusting the self-appointed leaders, so used to being led by the nose-ring to force my Indian friends to give UMNO a two third majority!
You would not get Dr Jeyakumar or Arutchelvan to lead the Indians down that path! No you wouldn’t!
I have only one word to these Hindraf leaders: AMAVAIOLEE.
(I was told that it has something to do about doing that thing to one’s own mother! DAMN!)