Eelam war damaged India’s reputation: Pinang Deputy Chief Minister
[TamilNet, Saturday, 30 October 2010, 17:42 GMT]
India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Malaysian visit to inaugurate ‘Little India’ didn’t go well with Tamils, the predominant Indian community in Malaysia, said Prof. Ramasamy, Deputy Chief Minister of the Pinang State of Malaysia. The Indian High Commission and other agents of India tried to control the damage. India does not understand that the pernicious actions of India in Eelam have damaged the reputation of the government of India and the entire Indian establishment in the eyes of global Tamils. Before the mass murder in Eelam, Malaysian Tamils looked upon India as their saviour. Today, there is little or no respect for India in general and for the politicians in Tamil Nadu or in the Congress Party, Prof Ramasamy said.
Full text of the statement from Professor Ramasamy:
Manmohan Singh’s Visit to Malaysia—A Disaster!
Prof. P. Ramasamy
Manmohan Singh’s recent visit to Malaysia to officiate the inauguration of a small enclave in the city of Kuala Lumpur as “Little India” did not go well with Tamils in the country. Despite all tight security precautions taken by the Malaysian government, more than 300 persons who were able to breach the security cordon to show their displeasure towards Manmohan Singh. In fact, even before the visit, smses went around urging the predominantly Tamil population to boycott the event and hold demonstrations wearing black to oppose the way India dealt with the Tamil question in Sri Lanka.
It has come to our understanding that hundreds of Tamils sympathetic to the Malaysian Indian Congress were brought by buses from other areas in Malaysia to attend the ceremony. These Tamils who came were not in aware that they were brought in to welcome Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The Indian Embassy and other agents of India conducted public relations exercises well before the event to control the damage.
In short, Manmohan Singh’s trip to Malaysia to boost the image of the ruling coalition was a disaster. India does not understand that the pernicious actions of India in Eelam have damaged the reputation of the government of India and the entire Indian establishment in the eyes of global Tamils. Tamils in Malaysia will never forgive the mass murder unleashed by the Sri Lankan government aided and abetted by the government India against innocent Tamils in the north of the island.
Before the mass murder in Eelam, Malaysian Tamils looked upon India as their saviour. Today, there is little or no respect for India in general and for the politicians in Tamil Nadu or in the Congress Party. The perpetuation of Gandhi dynasty has caused untold sufferings to Tamils not only in Tamil Nadu but also in Eelam. The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Karunanthi has emerged as chief villain. His reputation in the eyes of global Tamils has plummeted drastically.
Unfortunately, there are sections of Tamils aligned with the ruling party that do not really understand the terrible plight of Tamils in Eelam. On the basis of some bread crumbs thrown to them by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, they have rallied around the present government. These are the Tamils who do not really understand their sad predicament in the country.
When asked by reporters, Manmohan Singh remarked that discrimination of Indians (Tamils) in Malaysia is merely a perception. Since Malaysia has a flexible and dynamic government, problems of Indians can be resolved within the system without outside interference. If India did not take any actions to stop the killings of thousands of Tamils in Eelam, how can Malaysian Tamils expect India to resolve their woes.
But unfortunately, there are leaders of political parties who go around begging India for financial aid and scholarships for Tamils. Recently, one unregistered political party that purportedly champions the Indians, sought to have a meeting with the Indian Prime Minister, however, without success. If Tamils continue to beg India and the present Malaysian government, will the community ever advance in future?
Malaysia’s present ruling coalition headed by the racist UMNO (United Malays National Organization) might think that by inviting Manmohan Singh that it will get the votes of Indian in the coming general elections. This is a wrong perception! Indians in the country are quite aware of their years of marginalization and discrimination contributed by UMNO. They know that racism practised and entrenched in the country by UMNO is the real cause of their underdevelopment.