I am an angry Indian, angry because MIC leaders have nothing credible to add to the collective benefit of the Indians. The statistics being thrown about need careful examining and reassessment.
To begin with, the claim by MIC president Dr S Subramaniam that 65% of the Indians support MIC is a total fabrication. He claims, “We surveyed about 800,000 nationwide through our Jalinan Rakyat programme and found that support has increased, especially in states such as Selangor and Wilayah Persekutuan.”
Has anyone checked this glorified figure and statement? MIC uses figures at its own whims for propaganda, knowing fully well there will not be any counterclaim.
Some months ago, the MIC president announced there would be a special allocation for Indians to buy low-cost homes and that 7% of posts in the Armed Forces would be reserved for Indians.
MIC is existing and operating in a vacuum without touching base with realities on the ground. The low-income community does not have the means to own even low-cost homes. Many do not have the deposit sum and many more are not even eligible for the bank loans to own such homes. They exist in Selangor and the Federal Territories and in many corners of the country which are only visited by MIC politicians during elections.
Figures, I mean proper audited statistics, will tell us the real story about Indians living in the country.
Indians who are doing well have made it without any help from MIC, relying solely on hard work because our country is still a land of opportunity for those who aspire.
Middle income wage earners are stuck in that bracket, and this is the complacent group living hand-to-mouth and quite happy with that. After all, they have a job, a roof over their heads, three meals a day and their daily dose of Indian serials on Astro to keep them alive and kicking.
We have the low-income earners, and from this pool we have the jobless, gangsters, abusers, alcoholics etc. Do we have any numbers MIC can be proud of to say they have helped raise the status of this forgotten community?
MIC’s women’s wing is a showpiece for the party. They are like light bulbs on a clear sunny day; their presence or otherwise makes no difference. At best, they can come up with the obsolete tailoring, biscuit-making or floral arrangement classes for impoverished women. I have known Wanita MIC doing this for decades now. This does not take the poor very far in a world where we are moving at lighting speed; they need to be exposed to digital marketing skills, for example, to market their services and products.
Most of the activities are meant to add to MIC’s list of achievements in its year book which is circulated during AGMs. The AGMs of MIC, from branch level to the national level, are another wasteful indulgence. Annually, such meetings start with the lavish garlanding of one another followed by a string of praises.
I have even noticed that the speeches are repeated with the same wordlist, and it is hilarious that the attendees all fake excitement, year in and out.
Very recently, a voice clip of a retired National Registration Department officer was circulated with the man sharing his sadness at having to deal with scores of Indians who had to beg the officers for blue ICs.
This clearly says a lot about MIC and its inability to help such people. The retiree himself should be ashamed for bringing this up now and not when he was in office.
MIC has a string of “go-to” help centres which function with too much arrogance and prejudice. The poor and the ignorant get shamed openly and this is firsthand feedback from people who survived the humiliation.
Nitya Sharma is an FMT reader.
The views expressed by the writer do not necessarily reflect that of FMT.