Calm down, Sivarraajh

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PETALING JAYA: MIC Youth chief C Sivarraajh might be of more service to his community if he would stop his knee-jerk reactions every time someone mentions “Indian” when speaking of something negative.

For example, he could have avoided embarrassing himself yesterday if he had done some reflection before issuing his angry statement about a police memo regarding Ops Cantas Khas 2.

The leaked memo, currently in circulation on social media, instructed CID chiefs nationwide to compile lists of Indian gangs and the businesses they run.

Sivarraajh questioned why the police were specifically targeting Indian youths. He said it was unfair to blame all crimes on Indians alone. “Police are only hitting Indians and this is clearly racial profiling,” he added.

If Sivarraajh had been calm enough, he would have realised that the memo was not a hit list telling policemen to shoot Indian gangsters on sight. It asked for a compilation of information on gang activity for discussion at a meeting.

That’s what the police do all the time. Maybe last month the meeting was on Chinese gangs and the month before on Malay gangs. The difference is that this particular memo had been leaked.

There is nothing wrong in the police trying to be on top of the fight against gangsterism, even if it involves only Indian gangsters. After all, recent high profile cases, such as the OUG shooting, the Kevin Morais murder and the Johor ketamine lab bust, have all involved suspects who happen to be Indians.

Sure, as Sivarraajh says, there are gangsters of all races. However, an Al-Jazeera report two years ago cited statistics showing that nearly 70% of the 40,000 gang members nationwide were ethnic Indians. This is reason enough for people like Sivarraajh to worry, considering that the Indian community makes up less than 10% of the Malaysian population.

Perhaps Sivarraajh, as a leader in a party which is supposed to represent the Indians, should propose initiatives to combat the problem of Indian involvement in crime.

Maybe MIC can step up its effort to educate Indian youngsters so that they will be deterred from joining crime gangs. That would be better than being in denial and launching scathing attacks on parties trying to right a wrong. It would certainly be more beneficial than, for instance, quarrelling over the right to front row seats at movie premiers.