|GOODNESS GRACIOUS ME! I can almost imagine the British, whom if I may add, I admire, exclaiming just that if they open their early morning papers and read the headlines that screams "Ex- Colonial Subjects Sue Us". |
It's a brilliant move by our Malayan Indian brothers. Even if the British courts strike it down, the mere proceedings will surely highlight the plight of Malayan Indians today.
Frankly speaking, I think even if the repentant British allow the grave injustice to be righted, even if the Indians get compensated one penny each, the case would have shown the world that rosey-dovey (Gotta check out this term that just popped up in my head) real Malaysia is far from being perfect today.
I know because I was in West Malaysia in the late 1970s and I noticed how the Indians lived from Penang to Johore. Yet, in the Interact conference in Penang, I was astonished and yes, impressed to see and listen to the eloquence of many if not most of the Indian student delegates who presented working papers... They seemed to be everywhere... So what went wrong with the East Indians in those days? What about today? Karpal Singh is of course the most famous Indian ...But seriously, we don't see too many Indians in the civil cervice, etc....Have they been marginalised all these years before and after independence?
And yes, the butt of a political joke about the Indians is their Barisan representative party, MIC... We say it means Must I Come for cabinet meetings and decisions because their representation, voices and powers are so obviously negligible. My apology here if that's an offensive joke-don't sue me, brilliant Indian lawyers!
The following article is borrowed from Malaysiakini-the must read 'Think out of the box' paper.
M'sian sues UK gov’t for ‘oppression’
One million pounds sterling for every one of the two million Indian Malaysians - an Ipoh-based lawyer is seeking this staggering sum of compensation from Britain for alleged failure to protect the minority community’s interests during independence talks.
In a press statement issued yesterday, Wathya Moorthy explained that the suit is necessary to let the international community know how Indian Malaysians have been affected.
Wathya Moorthy said Indian Malaysians are now suffering as a result of being “colonised” by the current government with little chance of upward mobility.
He argued that these problems are a direct result of the failure of the Reid Commission to safeguard the community’s interests.
The Reid Commission was an independent body formed to draft the Federal Constitution - the team of foreigners received 131 memoranda from organisations and individuals.