Malaysia, according to the non-Malay mindset, would not be a beautiful place in 20 years time.
KUALA LUMPUR: A human rights advocate has expressed “frustation”, for the first time in public, with non-Malays and Tamils in particular, for refusing to stand up for their rights, let alone speak up.
Hindraf Makkal Sakthi chairman, P. Waytha Moorthy, has questions.
Are we going to live in a state of denial? he asked in a whatsApp message.
He wants to know whether the people were going to allow Umno and PAS to join hands and “entrench their extremist agenda, on race and religion”.
The full version of the whatsApp message can be found in FaceBook, he said.
The moderate Muslims, said Waytha, were no better. “They hardly speak up for non-Malays and non-Muslims.”
The human rights advocate was cautioning that political expediency and selfishness, coupled with fear and the “tidak apa” attitude, was taking a toll on the nation. “This has led to rising extremism and encroachments into non-Malay rights,” he said.
Waytha was also taking his cue from a “Batu Nisan” (tombstone) incident at a school.
He quoted Swami Vivekananda Jayanthi, for the benefit of the “unwilling” flock.
“Lay down your comforts, your pleasures, your names, fame or position, nay even your lives, and make a bridge of human chains over which millions will cross this ocean of life,” Waytha quoted the Swami as saying.
The Swami also preached, he said, about “bringing all the forces of good together . . .Our’s is to work. The results will take care of themselves.”
The non-Malay mindset that’s tainting democracy and human rights, said Waytha, was based on contradictions i.e. “we are not in power yet, so we can’t speak out” and “we will lose Malay support (by speaking up)”.
“These are lame excuses,” he said.
Waytha believes that non-Malays may have “given up” (on Malaysia) for various reasons.
For starters, he has noted that non-Malays generally encourage their childen to settle down overseas. “Malaysia, according to this mindset, would not be a beautiful place in 20 years time,” said Waytha.
While waiting for their children to virtually flees overseas, non-Malays are not sitting around twiddling their thumbs, he agrees.
Indians for example choose “soft targets”, i.e. another Indian, just to show they are doing something.
“To fight and blame another Indian was easy,” said Waytha who was with the Prime Minister’s Department and the Senate in 2013/2014. “They are the soft targets to vent their frustration.”
He said that not only ordinary people but even politicians and community leaders “do this”.
He cited Hindraf’s experience in upholding human rights.
“When we raised issues like equality and racial discrimination, we were in turn labelled ‘racist’ by so-called moderates and community leaders,” he said.