Friday, 13 January 2012

Controversy between Waytha Moorthy and Ambiga : An opinion expressed by an Indian social activist

Controversy between Waytha Moorthy and Ambiga:
An opinion expressed by an Indian social activist
By Dharmalingam Vinasithamby, 6th January 2012

[Editor's note] The recent statement by Ambiga, the President of Bersih 2.0 entitled "Citizens and not race determines rights" made in Sungai Siput, Perak, attracted the attention of P.Waytha Moorthy, President of Hindraf in exile. He wrote an open letter to Ambiga in the Hindraf website, disputing Ambiga's view that 'there is no discrimination as far as rights arising from citizenship (in Malaysia)' are concerned.  He gave his grounds and the relevant facts to substantiate his disagreement with Ambiga.

The controversy raised by Waytha Moorthy has caused concern, and stirred up discussions among the NGOs and democrats, especially the Indian NGOs and democrats.

On 6 January 2012, Mr Dharmalinggam, a social activist, wrote to P. Mohan, President of Persahabatan Semparuthi Johor, expressing his views on the matter. With permission from both of them, we have published his letter in our blog for ease of reference.

The editorial board hopes that, by publishing different points of view would bring forth wise and mature opinions from others, and greater efforts and contributions will be made by more people for the purpose of achieving unity and development of the NGOs, as well as for promoting democracy and human rights movement in our country.


Dear Mohan,

As a Malaysian and an Indian, I too feel there are big problems in our constitution and I agree with Waytha Moorthy that the issue of special privileges has created two classes of citizens in the country.

However, the constitution is the agreement on which this country was created. Till we change this agreement, we must respect it.

But it does not mean that we should close our eyes to its problems. If people who feel they have been made second class citizens do not say the constitution is unfair and unjust, those belonging to the “first class” may think that this is not a big problem. Then there is no reason to rewrite the constitution. Dato Ambiga should not forget this

But if these problems in the constitution are not dealt with, it will be bad, not only for the second class citizens, but for the whole country.

The issue of special privileges has hurt not only the 2nd class citizens but also the first class, by making them unable to compete with other races on an equal basis. It has also allowed the rich and powerful “first class” citizens to make use of most of the privileges while there are many “first class” citizens who still live in poverty.

Most of all, it has divided the country and made it easy for politicians to get votes without having to be good leaders.

So our problem today is not a racial conflict between “first class” citizens and “second class” citizens but a struggle between Malaysians and corrupt leaders from both the first and second class. Waytha Moorthy should not forget this.

Many of the problems we have in Malaysia today is caused not by the problems in the constitution but because the government either ignores the constitution or purposely misinterprets the constitution.

So what we need today is to elect a government that will be responsible and accountable to the people. Then we can look at changing the problematic clauses in the constitution.


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人民之友 对我国第14届大选意见书
(华 巫 英)3种语文已先后贴出

作为坚守“独立自主”和“与民同在”的立场的一个民间组织,人民之友在今年9月24日对即将来临的第14届全国大选投票,发表了一篇以华文书写的“意见书”,题为:投票支持"反对国家伊斯兰化的候选人": 反对巫统霸权统治!莫让马哈迪帮派"复辟"!

这篇意见书的英文译稿(标题是:Vote for “candidates who are against State Islamisation”: Oppose UMNO hegemonic rule! Prevent “the return to power of Mahathir’s faction”!)已于10月22日张贴在本部落格。马来文译稿(标题是:Undilah "calon yang membantah pengislaman negara": Menentang pemerintahan hegemoni UMNO! Mencegah puak Mahathir kembali kepada kuasa!)也已接着在11月13日在此贴出。



Pandangan Sahabat Rakyat terhadap PRU14 telah diterbitkan dalam tiga bahasa (Melayu, Cina dan Inggeris)

Sebagai sebuah pertubuhan masyarakat yang berpendirian teguh tentang prinsip "bebas dan berautonomi" dan “sentiasa berdampingan dengan rakyat jelata”, Sahabat Rakyat telah menerbitkan kenyataan tentang pandangan kami terhadap Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 yang bertajuk "Undilah calon yang menentang Pengislaman Negera: Menentang pemerintahan hegemoni UMNO! Jangan benarkan puak Mahathir kembali kepada kuasa! " (投票支持"反对国家伊斯兰化的候选人": 反对巫统霸权统治!莫让马哈迪帮派"复辟"!)dalam Bahasa Cina pada 24hb September 2017.

Penterjemahan Bahasa Inggeris kenyataan tersebut yang bertajuk Vote for “candidates who are against State Islamisation”: Oppose UMNO hegemonic rule! Prevent “the return to power of Mahathir’s faction”! telah diterbitkan dalam blog kita pada 22hb Oktober 2017 manakala penterjemahan Bahasa Melayu telah diterbitkan pada 13hb November 2017.

Selain daripada itu, Sahabat Rakyat juga akan menyebarkan kenyataan ini seluas mungkin kepada pertubuhan dan individu semua bangsa, strata, profesyen dan agama seluruh Negara melalui email, wechat, whatsApp dan pelbagai saluran lain. Kami amat mengalu-alukan pertubuhan dan individu yang berpendirian dan pandangan sama dengan kami untuk turut menyebarkan kenyataan ini kepada lebih ramai orang!

Kami berharap pendirian dan pandangan kami berkenaan pilihan raya kali ini yang dinyatakan dalam kenyataan tersebut dapat disebarkan dengan tepat dan meluas untuk diuji dalam kalangan rakyat semua bangsa semua strata sosial melalui penglibatan mereka dalam amalan pelbagai parti politik dalam pertempuran pilihan raya umum kali ini mahupun amalan masa depan.

The Chinese, English and Malay renditions of Sahabat Rakyat’s opinions about GE14 have been published consecutively

As an NGO which upholds “independent and autonomous” position and "always be with the people" principle, on 24 September 2017, Sahabat Rakyat had released a Chinese-written statement of views with regard to the voting in the upcoming 14th General Election, entitled “Vote for candidates who are against State Islamisation: Oppose UMNO hegemonic rule! Prevent the return to power of Mahathir’s faction!” (投票支持"反对国家伊斯兰化的候选人": 反对巫统霸权统治!莫让马哈迪帮派"复辟"!)

The English rendition of this statement entitled "Vote for “candidates who are against State Islamisation”: Oppose UMNO hegemonic rule! Prevent “the return to power of Mahathir’s faction”!" and the Malay rendition entitled "Undilah "calon yang membantah pengislaman negara": Menentang pemerintahan hegemoni UMNO! Mencegah puak Mahathir kembali kepada kuasa!" had been released on 22 October and 13 November respectively.

Apart from that, Sahabat Rakyat will also make every effort to disseminate this statement as widely as possible to organizations and individuals of all ethnic groups, religions and all walks of life throughout the country via email, WeChat, WhatsApp and other channels. We welcome organizations and individuals with the same position and views to spread this statement to more people!

We hope that our position and views pertaining to the upcoming General Election expressed in the statement will be accurately and widely disseminated and also examined by the popular masses of various ethnicity and social strata through their involvement in the struggle of the 14th General Election carried out by various political parties and their practices in all fields in future.

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