P.Uthayakumar’s speech at official opening of first HRP Bilik Gerakan for 2012/2013 General Elections at 23A, Jalan Beladau 30, Taman Putera Wangsa, Ulu Tiram, Johor. 21/3/2010 at 10am.
Vote for Ourselves – 15/38.
1) This is our researched and considered solution to the critical Indian problem.
2) We have to vote for ourselves (Nam Namake Vakalipom)
3) By creation of Indian majority Parliament and State seats.
4) There are 1,250,000 Indian voters as at 2010 from all over Malaysia.
5) This has never been done before in Malaysia’s 53 years of Independence.
6) Forward Plan (Mun Nokki Chellum titham).
7) In 53 years we have never had any Indian majority MP and Adun seat to speak up for the Indians.
8) And this is the reason why the Indian problems have become thus critical today.
9) For 50 years MIC won on Malay majority seats.
10) So their loyalty to UMNO.
11) Today there are 11 Opposition Indian MPs.
12) But they too won in Malay and Chinese majority seats and are unable to speak for the Indians.
13) For example in Penang, there are 5 Adun and 2 MP’s but when it came to preserving the only remaining Indian heritage village of Buah Pala in Penang, they could not do anything to prevent its destruction.
14) The One Indian MP and one Indian Exco Member in Kedah could not do anything to stop the demolishment of the Ladang Batu Pekaka Hindu cemetary by the Kedah PAS government.
15) Similarly the three Indian MPs one Exco and one ADUN in Selangor could not stop the demolishment of the Ampang Hindu temple.
16) And despite over two years now the land title for even the Padang Jawa Hindu temple that was one of the main triggering causes of the November 25th HINDRAF Rally vis a vis the 8th March General Elections has not been issued even by the new Selangor State government.
17) The 14 BN and PR Indian MPs cannot do anything to set up a special school like the MRSM for the 817 Tamil School students who had scored 7As for focused development of the human capital they represent.
18) The 14 Indian MPs from govt and opposition cannot get the Indian poor included in the 450,000 10 acre land ownership schemes like in FELDA, Felcra, Risda, FAMA, MARDI etc.
19) In short they are powerless to protect and promote the interests and rights of the Indian minority community in this country.
20) This is plainly because with the current Mandorist arrangements they have with the Tuans and Towkays, these Indian representatives are not empowered to represent the Indians.
21) They have to toe their party lines, and their party lines do not include protecting and promoting Indian interests and rights.
22) DAP can speak up for the Chinese because they are elected by the Chinese in their 28 Chinese majority DAP constituencies.
23) In Kedah, for example, there is only one DAP ADUN and he could solve the Kedah pig farm demolishment problem within four days. This is because he is empowered ie he was voted in by the Chinese majority and does not have to fear losing Malay votes.
24) As it stands at the next general elections we will end up having no choice but to vote again either for the ruling party or the opposition.
25) We have to elect ADUNs and MPs who will promote and protect Indian interests and rights. This will happen only if these MPs’ and ADUNs win on Indian votes.
26) There are 1,250,000 Indian voters as at 2010.
27) From this we have to create Indian majority seats in 15 Parliamentary and 38 State seats.
28) For a start we focus on one State seat and one Parliament seat in DUN Tiram and Parliament Tebrau seats, in Johor which I hereby also launch.
29) Firstly DUN Sri Andalas and Kota Raja Parliament seats in Selangor, DUN Lunas and Padang Serai Parliament seats in Kedah, DUN Perai and Batu Kawan Parliament seats in Penang, DUN Buntong and Ipoh Barat Parliament seats in Perak, DUN Port Dickson and Teluk Kemang Parliament seats in Negeri Sembilan, DUN Tanah Rata and Cameron Highlands Parliament seats in Pahang and DUN Tiram and Tebrau Parliament seats in Johor.
30) All these DUN seats form from about 30% to 46% Indian voters except Tiram and around 20% Indian voters for Parliament seats (except Tebrau)
31) We have to register as voters in these constituencies and make those constituencies Indian majority constituencies.
32) Then whoever is elected from that constituency will speak up for the Indians in their state because they won on the overwhelming Indian votes. Can be from BN,PR of HRP.
33) So every one of the 7 states will have one MP and one State Assemblyman for a start.
34) 8% of Indian voters but scattered all over Malaysia.
35) The popular votes were 51% for BN and 49% PR. We no longer want to be Kingmakers in 62 Parliament and 150 state seats with 10% to 46% Indian voters.
36) We want 15 Parliament and 38 state seats which can be created from this 1,250,000 Million Indian voters.
37) 3 Think Tank meetings so far at our HRP HQ in Bangsar training future MP’s and State Assemblymen.
38) Not to become politicians per se but political activists who will have the interest of the people first and not the typical self serving politicians.
39) Our only weapon is our votes.
40) How are we to vote for ourselves?
41) Step One Identify all unregistered eligible Indian voters in the constituency and the other parts of Johor and register them as voters in DUN Tiram.
42) Step Two Those attaining 21 years to register immediately as voters in DUN Tiram.
43) Step Three For example the Indians make up 15% of the voters in DUN Tiram. If one Indian voter brings in one other voter to vote in DUN Tiram then we would have a 60% Indian majority seat.
44) Step Four DUN Tiram Voters to get their relatives and friends to change their voting constituency to DUN Tiram. To do this, they have to change their IC address to an address in DUN Tiram.
45) To change the IC address you need to go to the Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara personally and fill out a form for change of address.
46) Then go to Post Office , SPR counter and ask them to change to the new Tiram address.
47) People ask if this can be done. For example Lim Guan Eng not only moved as a voter from Melaka to Penang but has in fact become the Chief Minister of Penang. So, if such people can do it, surely we too can do it.
48) This task is especially for our children and grand children and for our future generations to come.
49) Our strongest weapon is our word of mouth campaign. So we need to go out beginning today and start spreading this message rather urgently to at least ten other people as the elections can be called anytime from this year to 2013.
50) If we put our minds to it we will change all of that. It is totally in our hands.
51) In yesterday’s Malaysian Nanban headlines (MN 20/3/10) even Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim had asked which HINDRAF? This is all the more reason why we have to stand up on our own feet as we can no longer trust both BN or PR.
52) We never imagined that the 25th November Rally would ever take off. Similarly if each and everyone of us work as hard and show the same level of commitment and dedication as in the 25th November HINDRAF Makkal Sakthi spirit we will certainly succeed in this our struggle.
Ethu Deiva Satiyam.