Umno leaders should be shameful of themselves. When Samy Vellu criticised Tun Dr Mahathir, not one single Umno leader defended Tun Dr Mahathir over these serious allegations (and oversight) from Samy Vellu.
KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad did very little for the Indian community when he was prime minister, MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said yesterday.
Samy Vellu said the Indians had to struggle on their own for more than 140 years and achieved success only through sheer hard work .
“Despite the MIC appealing again and again for help, he refused to budge,” Samy Vellu said in response to Dr Mahathir’s remarks during a talk in Teluk Intan on Saturday.
The former prime minister had said the Malays were willing to admit other races into the country and endowed them with rights.
He had also demolished the notion of a Bangsa Malaysia and said Malaysians must accept the fact that they were just too different to be known as one race.
Dr Mahathir’s remarks have drawn flak from non-Malay groups, who felt that national unity was crucial for the country to meet its future challenges.
Samy Vellu said Dr Mahathir should not be taking a racist approach at a time when Malaysians were working hard towards unity. – NST
Lets look at the stats shall we? Taken from that big, thick book of Rancangan Malaysia ke 9, I extracted a table which I believe Samy Vellu had failed to read in between his toupee wash.
|Kedudukan Sosio-Ekonomi Mengikut Kaum di Malaysia|
|(7 angkubah ini akan memberikan gambaran kedudukan sosio-ekonomi yang lebih lengkap)|
|2.3 Premis industri||4.8||70.4||1.5||23.3||100.0|
|3||Pendapatan bulanan isi rumah (RM)||2004||2,711||4,437||3,456||2,312||3,249|
|4||Kadar kemiskinan (%)||2004||8.3||0.6||2.9||6.9||5.7|
|5.1 Bumiputera : Cina||RM1:RM1.64|
|5.2 Bumiputera : India||RM1:RM1.27|
|5.3 Gini Coefficient||0.4520||0.4460||0.4250||0.4620||0.4620|
|6.1 Pengurus dan pegawai kanan||37.1||55.1||7.1||0.7||100.0|
|7.5 Doktor Gigi||44.4||35.3||18.4||1.9||100.0|
|7.6 Doktor Veterinar||39.0||32.2||24.8||4.0||100.0|
|7.8 Juru Ukur||48.2||47.0||3.2||1.6||100.0|
|Nota:||a – Dalam kawasan bandar sahaja; b – Sektor pembuatan|
|Gini Coefficient – ‘0’ (kesamarataan yang sempurna); ‘1’ (ketidaksamarataan yang amat buruk)|
Judging from this statistic from RMK9 which Samy Vellu helped compiled, I can see that the status of Indians in this country are far better than the Malays. Note that the Indian composition in Malaysia is 7.4% while the Bumis are 66.6% but the average Indian household income is even higher than the Malays. The poverty rate of the Malays is at 8.3% as compared to the Indians at 2.9% while the percentage of Indians becoming doctors and lawyers are way higher than their population percentage! The only sort of employment that the Malays can be proud of which is nearer to their percentage of population is ‘kerani’ at 56.7%.
If Samy Vellu had meant that by saying Tun Dr Mahathir did very little to the Indian community, means Tun Dr Mahathir didn’t make every Indian in Malaysia as filthy rich as himself or Anandakrishnan, then his insolent rant could have been justified. But instead, he said, the Indians are lagging behind and had to struggle on their own. Bollocks. Isn’t MIC a part of BN? In fact, it was Tun Dr Mahathir who had hoped the Indians be united under BN with the inclusion of Indian Progressive Front party led by Tan Sri M.G Pandithan. But who fought against the idea? Samy Vellu himself.
But here we are listening yet again to a failed leader of the Indian community grasping at straws towards the end of his usefulness. At least the stats above proved that the NEP had worked since its establishment in 1970. The stats of the socio economy of Malays and Indians prior to 1970 was much, much worse.
Even the Chinese whom its majority had criticised the NEP the most, had benefitted tremendously from the NEP’s concept of sharing. Just look at the stats above and we can see that their success stories in every aspect outshine their own percentage in the Malaysian population. There is only about 26% of Chinese in Malaysia but they took the bulk in every profession except of course, the post of ‘kerani’.
Anyway, it was through the relentless struggle of all BN leaders in the past that had helped to enlarge the economic pie in which each Malaysian can share and enjoy.
If your knowledge on the history of this social contract is blurry (and clouded with poisonous propaganda of pro-meritocracy movement), this video will help you sort out any niggling doubts about power sharing and wealth sharing in Malaysia;
and this continuation:
It was a powerful speech by Tun Dr Mahathir and I implore everyone to hear it in totality.
In a slightly different note, where are the pitiful Umno leaders? When the former premier is being abused and talked down to like this, should they have the common sense and the intelligence to counter Samy Vellu’s allegations? Samy Vellu was trying to side step the issue of his failed leadership by whacking Pak Lah’s favourite bogeyman, Tun Dr Mahathir. This is nothing more than Samy Vellu’s cheap shot to show his diminishing prowess to his people and at the same time demonising Tun Dr Mahathir. Maybe this is the prerequisite to be bestowed a Tunship under the current administration.
Shall we see a new ‘Tun’ in the near future?