Sunday, March 29, 2009

Time for Some Chendol Pulut

The public posturing by the usual cast of MIC characters would have us believe they’re confident of winning the by-election in Bukit Selambau. On various occasions, Samy Vellu and others have certainly intimated as much. Of course both a candidate (including independents) and a party will invariably express confidence about winning; it would be political suicide not to do so. This is something all voters see time and again.

I’m sure the MIC’s message that it is ready to deliver for the Indians is resonating loud and clear in Bukit Selambau. And in case there are still some voters there who are still sitting on the fence, I would like to help out the MIC and offer some words of wisdom to help further propel the case for the MIC. Perhaps these words of wisdom may not be as profound as those of wise men like Confucius. One thing is for sure, these words will certainly by no means be as illuminating and anywhere as compelling as those of Samy Vellu, who has always offered Indians – and continues to do so on behalf of his party’s candidate in Bukit Selambau – ideas, piercing insights and a vision for them that amount to be of the same calibre as priceless pearls.

So I realise that what I can offer, in contrast to the wisdom of such a luminary as Samy Vellu, is a rather mundane and pedestrian commentary. Nevertheless, I hope it does help some of those among who will vote in Bukit Selambau further evidence for supporting Samy Vellu’s party. To this end, while there is much that can be offered and said here, I will limit myself to a few choice observations which I think may have been overlooked by the MIC machine and especially its ‘communication team’ that I hope will be of value.

We Indians of course know that as much as the MIC was reluctant to discard its old habits and was in denial about the state of affairs for Indians, it has truly shown great resolve to change. Well, aside from its famous re-branding campaign, we’ve seen that it has continued to put its faith in the hands of the man who has been at the helm of the greatest debacles known in the MIC. Now aren’t you impressed by that? Surely, this must be a very reassuring sign that the MIC has licked its wounds and learned its lesson? And mind you, the MIC reassured us all that it is serious about making fundamental changes by having supposedly democratically re-elected Samy as its president. You’ve heard me before… this is the same old chendol.  

Beyond this astounding and resounding gesture of so-called reform, the MIC has been the steadfast champion of our concerns by repeatedly insisting that there is actually no such thing as the marginalisation of Indians. Such claims, according to its repeated propaganda, are simply bogus and unsubstantiated. This is the position of the re-branded MIC. Now I ask you: is this not what we all know to be truly the case and is this not the hallmark of a party genuinely in touch with the pulse of the people? Understand this: when the MIC was riding high, it insisted that, all facts to the contrary, Indians in the country have not become marginalised. The result was that the voters booted most of them – including its leader – out of the parliament. And what does the MIC do since then? It continues to ignore the facts and continues to repeat the mantra of its political master that Indians are not marginalised! Now tell me you people of Bukit Selambau, is this not the kind of changed, re-branded, and reformed MIC you truly want?     

Quite simply, these two major developments alone should give you cause for concern and should reveal to you precisely what putting your faith in the MIC would mean for your future. These two simple indicators should stand as chilling reminders of what the MIC is all about.

I hope you will see through the smoke-and-mirrors, the gimmicks, the lofty but hollow words, and the rest of the utter gibberish that will be spewed-out for your consumption in the days ahead prior to the by-election.

As I said, the thoughts I have to offer on this are rather mundane and far from profound; nowhere in the same league as the words Samy has and will offer you in Bukit Selambau. Perhaps my gentle reminder above about the ‘virtues’ of the MIC will be a suitable complement to the lofty promises that the great MIC continues to make. 

How on earth could the choice in Bukit Selambau be any easier and self-evident?

I hope you can see the difference between the tasteless chendol biasa and chendol pulut.

G. Krishnan