Haris Ibrahim is organizing a Saffron Sunday programme tonight. You can light a candle, anywhere beginning at 8.30 pm tonight, in support of the brave people who took it to the streets last Sunday.
No, this is not a blanket endorsement of HINDRAF or their agenda.
It is about ending discriminations and marginalization, of not only the Indians, but of Malaysians from all walks of life.
As the HINDRAF leadership is lobbying foreign governments and organizations, while UMNO/BN leaders are demonizing the 1125 protest, it is time for Malaysians to make clear that we want an end to ethno-religious politics 50 years after the country’s independence.
That’s late, but true democratization takes years to come to many countries. The United States of America, for example, took 85 years after her own independence to free her African children, and about another century later for the African-Americans to enjoy equality.
As a matter of fact, there are considerable similarities between the protests of the Malaysian Indians and the American Africans, besides the common reference to Mahatma Gandhi as a source of inspiration. Mr Uthayakumar and Hindraf reminds me not of Martin Luther King Jr. and his Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), but the young Malcom X and his Nation of Islam.
Will we have our MLK? When we will come of age as a nation and have our articulation of “I have a dream”?
Some declaration of “Malaysians Against Discriminations” (MAD) or sort, any one?
Yes, most Malaysians probably think that this is MAD as many see discriminations as tolerable, acceptable, inevitable or even desirable (if one’s self happens to be the beneficiary).