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It’s never the enemy without who brings you down. It’s always the enemy within.

Behind every problem of an Indian is almost certainly another Indian. Unfortunately, we Malaysians are not spared from this phenomenon as well. The crab mentality that is embedded in the genome of an Indian is the main obstacle in allowing the community to move forward. It is some kind of genetic mutation that seems to be peculiar only for the ethnic Indians.

This rampant disease does not spare the professionals as well. PSM’s “dynamic” Sungai Siput leader Dr. Michael Jeyakumar lambasted the government’s Amanah Saham 1Malaysia (AS1M) initiative that is meant solely for the Indians. Sometimes, medical professionals are so engulfed in their medical world that they become oblivious to the happenings around. Dr. Michael’s concern about AS1M is akin to highlighting a sentence from a book and drawing conclusions without knowing the whole story.

He opined that the shares will only help the middle class and will not make a difference to the B40 (lower income) group. If you look at it from a keyhole you would definitely think that way. The size of the room cannot be assumed from the little view you see from the keyhole. After all, the eyes do not see what the mind does not know.

AS1M is a dual phase programme. If you inquire a little more, you would realize that the 1st phase of the scheme is the allotment of additional 1.5 billion units for ALL Malaysian Indians, including the M40 (Middle Class) & T20 (The Rich). The second phase would be the allocation of RM5,000 interest FREE for 100 thousand B40 families, particularly those below the poverty line to purchase units in this AS1M investment scheme. It is basically a replica of what the government has done for the Bumiputeras.

If you have spoken to an Indian, the chances are you would have heard the story of how the government gives interest free bank loans to the Bumi’s for them to purchase ASB shares. Well, it is the same thing, Dr. Michael. What is the problem now that the government has taken steps to help the Indians? Giving food on a plate isn’t enough? You want to be fed too?

In the long term, this investment scheme is crucially aimed at achieving the target set in the Malaysian Indian Blueprint, which is to ensure at least 50% of registered poor households demonstrate increase savings in the next 10 years. Hence, it is not like giving one-off sweets for the election as what the Opposition does with their manifestos prior to every general election.

As for the issue with land and houses, baby steps have already been taken. The government is building four hundred brand-new single storey houses for the Indian residents of Taman Permata flats who were displaced from their estates during the development of Putrajaya under Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s tenure. With regards to improper documentation, the recently concluded Mega MyDaftar nationwide event took place to identify the actual non-fabricated numbers of such individuals. Under the Mydaftar campaign from 2010 to 2015 and then the Mega-Mydaftar campaign in 2017, a total application of 12,726 was received, out of which 7,049 Indians have had their documentation issue resolved, In October 2017, 177 Malaysian Indians without proper documents received their citizenship statuses from Prime Minister Najib. Processes are already on the go. Things are already happening. I wonder which year is Dr. Michael living in? Doesn’t he keep himself apt with current ongoings?

The most ironic of all is an Indian man who belongs to the coalition that has done absolutely nothing for the Malaysian Indians is ridiculing the government’s initiatives for the Indians. When will these crabs start doing something for the community rather than running their mouths?

*This is the personal opinion of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Kuala Lumpur Post.