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PSM sees Cuba as an inspiration

 | November 29, 2016

S Arutchelvan talks about the Caribbean nation's resourcefulness and its humanitarianism.


PETALING JAYA: Cuba’s resourcefulness, its will to survive, its humanitarian efforts and its national unity have always been a source of inspiration to Parti Sosialis Malaysia, says the party’s central committee member, S Arutchelvan.

He attributed the development of these qualities to the late Fidel Castro’s leadership.

Arutchelvan said the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of communism in the early 1990s had a huge effect on Cuba as Soviet economic subsidies ended, plunging the Caribbean island nation into an economic crisis. It also had to contend with a trade embargo imposed by the US, he added.

Despite all this, he said, Cuba managed to survive through its own resourcefulness.

“It did not crumble and the Cubans stuck together. Then, in order to survive, they went into horticulture and agriculture.”

Not only did the Cubans manage to survive for their own good, he said, but they helped those in need through their medical internationalism programme.

The programme started soon after the 1959 Cuban Revolution. Through it, Cuba sends medical personnel overseas, especially to Latin America, Africa and the Oceania, and takes in medical students and patients into Cuba.

“When there’s any disaster anywhere in the world, the Cubans are the first to send aid and this gives a very good name to socialism,” said Arutchelvan.

Arutchelvan took the Western powers to task for portraying Castro as a dictator.

“The fact that Cuba is so geographically close to the US and is doing so well without the US is the reason why they are whacking him,” he said. “They call him a dictator but there are no statues of this man in Cuba, for example, and he didn’t live in luxury. He was a sincere socialist.”

Fidel Castro died last Friday in Santiago de Cuba Province.


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