Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib decided not to depend on MIC

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The election fever is on and the 13th general elections are expected to be held soon.  Earlier the General elections were expected to be held in July 2012 but it is speculated the elections will be only held after table the budget Septembr 2012. Lot of new issues have emerged and the BN leadership has to handle these pressing issues before it decides to have the elections.

MIC is geared up to face the General Elections under the leadership of Dato’Seri G.Palanivel.  The Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib decided not to depend on MIC alone as it has failed to deliver the votes during the 2008 elections even though MIC alone cannot be blamed for the decline of Indian support towards BN. So he decided to go to the ground himself to meet the Indian community and listen to their problems.

He wanted to do damage control before the situation become worst. Prime Minister’s move has to an extend changed the mindset of some Indians especially the down trodden Indians but it is plain truth that the BN has not succeeded in changing the mindset of the middle, learned and the upper society of the Indians.

The middle class, learned and the upper class Indians are well educated and knowledgeable of what is happening to the community. They feel that the equity of the Indians has not made any progress and they feel concrete efforts are not initiated by the government to uplift the equity of the Indians. They feel that huge government contracts are given only to the same group of individuals who have benefitted a lot from the government. In other words the rich Indians become rich and the middle and the lower class Indians remain the same.

As the General election is expected soon, the BN government sanctions lot of funds to Tamil schools, temples, NGO’s, Indian political parties and Indian business associations, Indian cooperatives, Indian foundations in an attempt to get the support of the Indians. But they fail to realize that the funds allocated do not necessarily reach the Indians who really need attention. No doubt the BN is seriously looking into socio-economy of the Indian by introducing another incentive like  micro credit scheme for poor Indian women, currently managed by Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM), but it has no way of meeting its objective. The allocated amount is only RM 3,000 and what is this supposed to mean? What could any poor Indian women do to start a business with the RM 3,000.

How is the government going to guide and developed them? Or is that just to throw the money and not bother what happens to it or them after that. As long as they have done their part to silent the community and claim that they (BN) have never neglect any race.  Many Indians were interested in starting businesses of their own but could not get loans from banks and government-linked bodies because these institutions would entertain only those applicants with at least two years of business experience good profiling and clean financial records.

The percentage of Indians in government or holding management and director positions in GLC’s and PLC’s have been below par for umpteen years. For example the Royal Malaysian Customs has a workforce of 12,000 people and there is only one Indian director and three deputy directors in the whole workforce. Ministry of Finance has an estimated workforce of 2000 people but only 3 of them are Setia Usaha Bahagian and one Deputy. This does not reflect the one much said One (1) Malaysia concept. Indians do not get a fair share in AP’s, operating licenses, business and banking facilities, and others. Handouts of cash will benefit a section of the community temporarily but the community needs a long term solutions to enlighten the future of the coming generation.

Now all these are nice to hear and yet again how can this scheme benefit the Indian community? The government said it has subsidies RM100 million will be handed out through Maybank, CIMB Bank, RHB Bank and Bank Simpanan Nasional to facilitate loans for applicants eligible to take part in SARA 1 Malaysia. There are quite a substantial number of Indians are not eligible to obtain any kinds of loan from the commercial banks due to their personal financial ratings and past records of default repayments. They are blacklisted in CCRIS and CTOS, where anyone in this database will automatically disqualify the eligibility to obtain any facilities.

They also fall in the category of low income group. How can this group benefit from all kind of schemes introduced by the government to uplift the socio-economy and the living standards?   The government cannot be blaming MIC if the 2008 situation is repeated again. They must work together with MIC leadership to quickly reform and come out the task force to understanding the grassroots’ problems and propose immediate solutions leave behind the “red tapes’ for short term. Of course,  a  long term plan must be worked out to address all issues and problem faced by the community.

MIC only won in three constituencies out of the 9 constituencies it contested in 2008. It only managed to secure in Tapah, Segamat and Cameron Highlands. It won the Hulu Selangor in the by election. Dato Seri Najib has emphassised that he will field winning candidates in the coming general elections and it is widely speculated that 3 candidates will be shortlisted by the party leadership for every constituency to be finalized by the BN Chairman.

Dato G.Palanivel is seen to be independent in taking decisions and MIC political observers feel that he is still cautions and careful in making major decisions and it is also widely speculated that he is very careful not to offend his former boss in any decisions he make at least for the moment. Same goes to the selection of candidates for the 13th General Elections. Even though he is the MIC President observers feel that there will be some intervention of the former President in the selection of some seats especially the Sungei Siput and few other seats. -nayagankini