Makkal Sakthi Party - Hindraf cries foul
Wira: The Malaysia Makkal Sakthi Party (MMSP), which increasingly is being viewed as a BN plant, has hijacked the Hindraf battle cry 'Makkal Sakthi'. Imagine the confusion it may cause to the local Indian community every time 'Makkal Sakthi' is being shouted.
I won't be surprised if the BN government would also install another party called Parti Reformasi Malaysia.
Arul Inthirarajah: It's clear to all that Najib Razak's ploy is to divide the Indians since BN cannot get their vote anyway. So, he wants to prevent Pakatan Rakyat from getting their vote. And there will always be some selfish opportunist who will gladly sell his fellow men away for personal gain.
To top it off, and to show his lack of originality and brains, he even stoops so low as to steal the Hindraf slogan for the name of his party, off the backs of people who had braved riot police and truncheons. Where was he during the cow-head incident? Having tea with Najib? We did not hear his voice then.
Mahindar Singh: Another race-based party. Please do not call this an Indian party. It is a Tamil-based party and brought in just to close up MIC. Now S Samy Vellu have no choice but to leave. Indians are make up of other groups apart from Tamil
Mathavan Velayutham: Hindraf is our spirit, whatever the Pakatan supporters or Barisan supporters say or do, will not dent our support for Hindraf's leadership. Brother P Waythamoorthy, we'll support you wherever you are.
We know that if not because of you, sure Hindraf will not be here today. They trying very hard to break us because they scared of true 'makkal sakthi'. Our 'makkal sakthi' is not just mere a name, but it's more than that.
Brij Jayaram Kathiravelu: Never mind MMSP. I think the Indians are smart enough to understand the political game, played by the BN goverment and make the rights choice when the time comes. But bro, Waythamoorthy please come back and lead the movement for whatever that you are fighting for. Enough of these statements from London, we miss you!
Samy sees short exit, no long goodbye
X'roy: S Samy Vellu's referral to the Mahathir Mohamad- Anwar Ibrahim crisis, especially his statement on how Anwar was removed, seems to me like an attempt by Samy to acknowledge that Anwar was framed and removed.
Coming from Samy, whom we all know was a devoted Mahathir disciple at that time, lends credence to the claim that all the allegations made out against Anwar were indeed a Mahathir conspiracy. That brings us to the latest Anwar saga and Najib, and that also sheds light into the extent Umno will go to silence any serious opposition against it.
Malayamuda: Samy is not consistent. One moment he praises Mahathir, next moment he ridicules him. We all know Mahathir is a racist who only helped the Malays doing his reign, for that, the Malays forced him to resign post-1998, but Samy has to be consistent about Mahathir... is he the great statesman who did not do anything for other communities during his 22-year reign?
Kgen: The nature of race-based parties is that they make themselves redundant if the community they champion is uplifted. There would be no need for an MIC to fight for Indian rights or MCA for Chinese rights if all ethnic communities are at the same level of development.
Hence there is no sincere effect to bring their community to be on par with the mainstream. The race-based model is structurally flawed and must go. What we need are multi-racial parties which do not make themselves redundant if they do a good job.
KayKay: Mahathir keeps talking about Samy overstaying when he himself hung round for 22 long years although he didn't have any grassroots support in Umno. He was always returned unopposed. Why doesn't he mention the other overstayers who have been around even longer than Samy i.e. Taib Mahmud, Alfred Jabu and George Chan, all in Sarawak, and Joseph Pairin Kitingan in Sabah?
Not only has Taib Mahmud overstayed his welcome, he took over from his uncle who was also chief minister. All in the family. Taib probably plans to either hand over the chief minister's crown to his son who is in the federal cabinet, his brother who is in the state assembly or a cousin.
These days, politicians behave as if they are royalty. Political parties, the state assembly and the agencies of government are used as mere rubber stamps while they abuse power and exercise absolute power. Through the politics of patronage, they corrupt the entire system and in order to preserve the system, they make sure the honest are kept out.