The future looks bleak for the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC)
by Mansor Puteh
The MIC will be displaced in Malaysia in the future with no constituency where they have a majority. The Malaysian-Chinese association or MCA is no better either.
The future looks bleak for the MIC; it’s suffering from an implosion created mostly by the crass nature of their leaders.
In other words, the MIC has used up its usefulness to the development of the country and also to the others in the Barisan Nasional coalition.
Their party leaders can be elected by their members, but their candidates in the general and by-elections are determined by the Melayu majority, who had given their president, Samy Vellu the boot in Sungai Siput in 2008.
Did the Chinese in Sibu, Sarawak vote for the other side, because of their displeasure with the recall of Chua Soi Lek as the president of the MCA?
The size of the Indians in Malaysia is small at that in Singapura. But they are noisier in Malaysia than in the republic which did not allow them to even squeak.
That is why they have to compensate for it by making loud noises from time to time, so they are heard and be seen to be many – more than their actual size – by also distracting everyone by their in-party squabbles.
In Malaysia, they can do pretty much whatever they like, especially their leaders who can twist and turn and blame everyone for their failing.
But times have changed. The situation with the Indians in Malaysia will be much like their brethren in Singapura. So in the future, one can expect the Indians in Malaysia to behave as well as those in the republic.
What else could they do besides, with their population having shrunk and it has been displaced and marginalized and being surrounded by the Melayu and also Chinese?
Even today one can even say that the MIC is a relic of the past. Its existence is now dependent on what it was meant and supposed to be, a partner in the Alliance Party whose establishment was purely to outwit the British into leaving the country.
It’s the same with the MCA, whose formation was also mostly for this purpose only.
Now with a changed Malaysia, what function and role do the MIC and MCA have? Not much, I dare say.
These two parties have to be rendered extinct and a new coalition of Chinese and Indians has to be formed, so they can become a bigger wedge between the Melayu majority.
However, if this happens, then Umno and Pas, too, would have to be rendered extinct so a new Melayu and Muslim party be formed to create a single party for this community.
The faster this happens, the better for the Melayu and Muslims who have all been distracted by the personal antics of a small group of people in the oligarchies of these two parties, which had served the Melayu and Muslim community well in the future, but it is now slowly being rendered irrelevant to the Melayu and Muslims.
One can expect to see a drastic change in Pas with Nik Aziz finally retiring and accepting Allah’s order and command.
The Indian community and political leaders should learn and accept fast that their future is not in the hands of the loud-mouth Indians who have over-stayed their welcome but in the hands of the other Indians who are smart.
But most of all the future of the Indians as well as the future of the Chinese in Malaysia is all dependent on the charity of the Melayu who will overwhelm them in the future as the population size of the Indians and Chinese continue to shrink even more than it has now.
They cannot do anything about it since it involves with the shrinking and the displacement of the Indian population in the country.
Worse, more and more young Indians and also Chinese are now embracing the Malaysian concept of things, as opposed to their leaders who are still affected by the historical issues of the past, mostly those in post-13 May, 1969, which still haunt them.
No wonder, they do not dare to discuss this particular issue as it has the tendency to make them feel guilty despite them not having to do with the whole matter.
Maybe they still secretly sympathize at the failure of the non-Melayu leaders then who had other schemes which they thought could benefit them and those in the subsequent generations. But alas, this was not to be as the whole matter was dealt with by the creation of the Barisan Nasional concept by the then prime minister, Tun Abdul Razak.
Most of them were clustered in many of the rubber estates and the nearby community centers which were referred to townships.
They are set to become ‘vote-spoilers’ from ‘kingmakers’ that they thought they were in the past.
But this has changed as many of them had started their trek to move out of the estates to come too the cities and other urban centers in the country where they live in the peripheral of the society, being neglected because of that.
And this is causing the MIC a bit of a problem of not having any area where they have a majority to claim it for a seat in parliament or the state assembly.
They and the Chinese are in the same boat – pardon the expression – of shrinking population size and being surrounded on all sides by the fast expanding majority Melayu. Wherever they go or look at, they will see a Melayu or many of them.
The future looks bleak not only for the Indians but also the Chinese because of this.
This will also affect their political standing and how their future leaders can say to distract anyone.
They and the Chinese have in the past till now, be allowed to be the ‘kingmakers’ in any election.
But their status will change in the near future when they will become not ‘kingmakers’ but ‘vote-spoilers’. – mansorbinputeh – blog