Indians make up 8% of the Malaysian population and taking account of race, Indians are the most marginalized community in Malaysia in aspects of life progression.
ARE WE, MALAYSIAN INDIANS, UNITED?
By looking at things happening in our community here, it leaves much to be desired. Our internal problems bogs our whole community down and some of us are unaware of them.
An Indian is more likely to hit or kill another Indian than any other races in Malaysia. An enemy for an Indian is almost always another Indian, from Indian neighbours being jealous of each other and picking fights with fellow Indians, this disunity has become a part of our culture even.
We Indians love to open up business smack next to where another Indian is doing business and dabble in the exact business too! It is not a healthy competition, rather an attempt to make a fellow Indian to gulung tikar. Typical nandu kathey. Innoru Indian munneruna pidikathu. In those days, Indians do seivinai onto those they are envious of and many have died due to the demonic mysticism. Even today, this is done but it is not as widespread as in the past.
There is a kutra sattu that Indians don’t give business to other Indians. I am sure all of you can relate to this – Indian service providers lament, “Nammeku business kudukamaatanungge, poora sadayanukum, naatukaarankum kudupanungge, aprom epdi naange munnerurathu?” The same Indians justify the fact they don’t hire Indian service providers because their work will be cincai so they prefer Chinese and Malays. But there is an unexpressed knowledge that Indian service providers do good jobs for anyone else except for Indians, a sort of sabotage.
We tend to see other Indians as our rival and trash them more than the Malays and Chinese. My civil engineering friend went to the opening of Penang’s second bridge with his friend in the wee hours of the morning, just enjoying the panaroma. As they were walking, there were many people, Malays, Chinese and Indians. They were conversing in English, comparing the the old and new bridge, being typical Civil Engineers when they passed a group of Indian guys. The bunch of fellas decided to poke fun at the twosome because they were speaking in English and when they ignored the sore Indian guys started hurling nasty comments and statements. It’s exactly like how Indian machas would try to pick up a random Indian girl but when she ignores they go hostile.
My friend said that the other races on the bridge were minding their own business and were cordial, the Malays giving the salam, the Chinese, chatty and amiable but the Indian machas seem only keen on disturbing and picking an argument/ fight with their own race. I just don’t understand this mentality. Other races treat us better than we do our fellow Indians.
We can’t even unite ourselves in our own community and we are talking about being Malaysian. It is just as shallow as the 1Malaysia thingy – all hype and no substance.
On why we pick on ourselves and kill among ourselves, it’s because if we touch another race, siap la. So we tunjuk berani sesama sendiri, bunuh sesama sendiri. Gangsterism compounds this problem. Even a glance from a rival gang member is enough to invoke fights. “Avan kurang ajar ah pakuran bang.” Appo lebih ajar parve epdi irukkum? We’re divided by language, ethnicity, political views, religion, even gangs and caste. This has to stop if we are to progress forward in this blessed country of ours.
India fell into the hands of British because India was very divided. Back then, there was no such country as India; it was known as Barath and it consisted of separate kingdoms at war with each other. British capitalized on this division and turned Indians against other Indians so that they could further their imperialism agenda and ruled India for 200 odd years, using this division as their advantage. Even now India is divided – separatist movement in Punjab, Kerala refusing to give water to Tamil Nadu, Andhra wanting state bifurcation, etc. The point is, we should not try to emulate India in Malaysia. We are already a minority here so do we need to break it down even further?
The voice of Malaysian Indians doesn’t have much impact because we are divided in all sorts of aspect and refuse to voice out altogether. We did it once, in 2007, Hindraf rally – as the result of such unity, we collectively made a huge change in the 12th GE which extended to the 13th GE. We need that kind of unity always, not only once every five years.
Senang cerita, India sama India gaduh apa bikin, India sama bangsa lain pun gaduh apa bikin, we are brothers, make friends, expand your network, enjoy life, sudah la. Sama-sama kita maju la, kan best? So, renung-renungkanlah.
United, we stand. Divided, we fall.