Gangsterism in Malaysia is increasingly becoming a worrying problem and the rate is highest among the Indians. Actually, this social ill can be nipped in the bud but tragically, many are taking the easy way out, that is, not doing much to curb the problem, condoning it and actually use rowdism for guileful purposes, that is, deep political machinations that hire henchmen and the extant gangs supply the manpower, which can be said to be the core of gangs’ survival. It is politics and political survival altogether like how Aadhi traps Shivaji using his adi aalu in the movie Shivaji the boss, so let’s not get beside the point.
Indians account for the highest number of prisoners in detention centers throughout the nation – we make up 8% of the Malaysian population and Indian inmates make up 60% of the prison population. It is disturbing. Our youth is heading the wrong way and if it doesn’t get remedied soon, it would become a plague.
Fights occur over a glance from a member of a rival gang in a coffeeshop or restaurant or on the street, which is interpreted into a challenge to fight and they fist each other like a bunch of barbarians and then brag about it, comparing scars to determine who is the strongest. They think they deliver heroism when all they actually deliver is shame and stupidity. They think by pledging an alliance with a particular gang, it would bring them money, fame and women when all it would bring are jail time, untimely death either by the doing of police or a rival gang.
Gangs group together at reserved spots and disturb girls, get drunk, litter, make a hungama and just be a public nuisance but as far as they are concerned, “This is the life.” They feel like Malaysian mafias and underworld dons. The funerals of gang members are outlandish and they disrupt traffic flow, causing inconvenience. The way these funerals are held is reminiscent of the funeral parades held in Tamil movies for rowdies who die on the job by closing shops and creating a huge ruckus.
The heart of the problem lies in the failure of prioritizing of Indians here, they fail to understand that the procurement of a solid education qualification is one step closer towards a promising and respectable life and not having the politically correct mental sieve; instead of taking the good in Tamil movies like patriotism, responsibility towards family, community and nation, being a good doer, respect towards elders, how to treat people right, benevolence and other virtues, some of our youth seem to take only the bad in.
Foremost of all, movies, no matter Tamil or English are purely for entertainment, an escape route from daily stress. Can you fly like Superman or shoot webs from wrists like Spiderman? So, what makes our youth think that they can fight off 100 baddies alone like Rajini, Vijay, Surya and whatnot? Where have your sense of reasoning gone to?
The Tamil movies, Vattaram, Pokkiri, Polladhavan, Manggatha and Billa are prime examples that promote gangsterism to name a few. Again, mental sieve plays a part and it’s either our youth are not taught to have one or too stubborn to have one. Our youth seem to think that what Vijay does on screen, he is able to do in real life. They seem to be oblivious to the fact that Vijay does what he does on screen is to cari makan. Parents, elder siblings, uncles, aunties, grannies and grandpas please drill it into our youth in the hot blooded age that REAL life is different than REEL life.
Even Hollywood movies has overdoses of violence but it is often not brought up into the context of festering gangsterism here perhaps because aruva is cheaper than a machine gun. Kung fu movies are also not given much emphasis probably because Indians males here don’t have the finesse to kick butt in style. Paradoxically, Kung Fu was brought to China by a Tamilian known as Bodhi Dharman. I got the historical highlight from a Tamil movie as well. You see what I mean by having a mental sieve? Buang yang keruh, ambil yang jernih. Many of our Indian youth here are clear on not taking the good into their grey matter.
Everything begins at home. If Dad comes home drunk everyday and smokes pot at home, his sonny would do exactly that. If Mom is always in front of the TV watching Tamil movies and serials while telling the children to study, only the bodies of the children will be at the study table, their concentration will be on what movie or what serial is going on now, involvement in homework, next to nothing. Children and youth are like monkeys, ‘monkey see, monkey do and monkey retain.’ It applies at all levels so, parents, do lead by good examples. Don’t drag your kids into the rot of gangsterism and other vices either by ignoring or influencing their conduct that levitates on the going of an orgy of self destruction because ultimately that is what gangsterism is and no amount of protection money and ransom and extortion can save them.
I think Astro’s Maharaja, Thanggathirai and Chakravarthy packages with their third rate so called family dramas and movies are responsible, not for causing but for propagating gangsterism, suicidal tendencies, and emotional liability among Indians. I have been to relatives’ homes where the TV would run for nearly 24/7 and kids as young as three watching violent Tamil movies – their parents condone it, on the reason that TV keeps the kids preoccupied and they don’t disturb their parents. This is true in many households here.
Tech is also applied in recruiting gang members now, the most used one being Facebook. There are kids as young as seven pledging allegiance with gangs, i.e, 04, 08, 24 etc. Punch dialogues like, Tamilan katti berani mati, 04, bila-bila top, Hidup 08, etc..
It is not enough to tell kids to study well. When it is time to study, either parent must sit together with their kids and show interest in what are they are poring and writing even though you have no idea of what is your kid is studying. If you show interest in their education and couple it with active participation you are sending a strong albeit a tacit message to your kids, that you take their education seriously and they will begin to take their education seriously.
Another numerous mistake Indian parents here make is not telling their kids how hard they work to provide them with necessities. Parents mean well, they don’t want their children to know the hardships they go through in order to give their kids the best life but this benign concealment would turn malignant in the long run. Indian youngsters must know the value of honest, upright and decent effort and work and that there is no going around it.
Some educated, overzealous Indians proclaim of wanting to shoot these mere kids involved in thugism to death. Then what is the difference between them and a gangster? See, wrong approach, driven and amply seasoned by the age old Indian over sentimentality. We bear the responsibility to educate and enlighten our youth who are in gangs and those ‘gangstar wannabes’, pun intended. Some adolescents think that if they become gangsters, it would grant them stardom and that they will be virtually immortal. We must make it known to them that gangs are nothing but cesspits of putrefying waste.
Up to now, I was merely addressing the lifestyle that forge gangsterism of Indians here. Now, I shall address the cause why many Indian adolescents especially SPM leavers are pushed into joining gangs; it is none other than our own government policies & system.
The so-called quota system in universities & racism in government & private sector jobs & posting is an unassailable factor that contributes to failing Indians other than the grounds I’ve aforementioned. This causal case has a direct impact on the middle & lower class Indian families.
I am aware that even though our Indian youths from the above category study and excel well in their education, and that is, either with or without parents guidance & support, almost most of them won’t be able to guarantee a place in our local public universities. They are either pushed to do HSC (I was one of them) enrol in a
private college or remain uneducated and unemployed and in turn, lured into the sinister lairs of gangsterism.
Even if they do get seats public universities, they don’t get the ideal course they hoped for to further their studies. And when eventually they finish their degree & come out to start their career, they don’t get the ideal job which once again is due to our government’s biased policy and indirect racism in not only civil service but almost all private sectors too.
So, where do these disenchanted and dejected kids go? How do they oturan their vandi? They either end up working in call centres or customer service/support of foreign entities/companies, earning lower than what they possess through their paper qualification, work their a$$ out to climb the corporate ladder for many years to come. That is if that particular Indian youth is strong in his/her will-power to succeed in life.
Now, it is in my knowledge that the remaining frustrated Indian youths, those who can’t afford to continue their education in the private sector, end up being unfortunate victims of the system. These are the youths that get side tracked onto the wrong path and they use this convenient excuse, that they were not given the opportunities to take their lives a couple of notches up, to justify themselves when questioned on why have they gone onto this ugly path.
But then, it is sheer nonsense for them to justify it in this manner; it is not something to be exonerated. They are to be pitied and the turmoil they are in makes some sense too but entirely passing the buck on biased systems is an escapism, not solution. You are worse off now than when you started. We shouldn’t wait for opportunities; we should create them. Kakak Listen yetho solla varangge, kelungge..
Institutionalized racism besides other adversities Indians here face like penury, stateless status, jaundiced view of our Indian boys by other races here are dragging our youth into gangsterism while politicians who claim that they champion the Indians here sleep on the job and focus to please their political masters.
We are not given opportunities we deserve due to partial policies and our leaders don’t do much for us – it is indeed demotivating.But, he thing is, we must make our youth fully understand that joining gangs does not solve their problems. It only creates further problems.
And then, good Indian guys get into trouble with the law here just because of dark skin colour and the general perception of other races here on the affiliation Indians here have with gangsterism. My cousin was arrested once when he had the bad luck to be in a place where a gang fight broke out. He was taken into custody and released the next morning. His only crime was being at a wrong place at the wrong time and having ear studs as well as being an Indian.
I accept that it’s just not enough if our Indian youths are properly guided to study and excel in their education, or Indian parents sacrificing Sun TV serials & Thanggathirai movies at home for them. “racist policies & quota system” must be abolished once and for all by the government & private sectors and equality, given to everybody regardless of race or religion in order for everyone to excel in life. But, we still need to do what it takes to come up in life the upright way – choosing clandestine and criminal professions is only going to bog our community down further. Staying in school and taking your education seriously is cool. Joining gangs is not cool.