INTERVIEW The MIC lost its relevance in politics and to the Indian community as far back as 1974, said National Indian Rights Action Team (Niat) chairperson Thasleem Mohd Ibrahim.
“It started becoming irrelevant much earlier, but (former MIC president) S Samy Vellu had his own way of making the party appear relevant,” Thasleem told Malaysiakini in an interview last week.
His statement contrasts with the popular view that S Samy Vellu, who assumed office in 1979, was the cause of MIC’s downfall, culminating in the 2007 Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) rally, which brought some 30,000 protesters onto the streets of Kuala Lumpur.
Thasleem, a long-time Tamil education activist, claimed that the MIC in 1974 forwarded a memorandum to the Cabinet Committee on Education, but its proposals got nowhere.
The memorandum, he said, called for the upgrading of Tamil schools and syllabi, better teacher training and residential schools to be set up to “enable Indian students to overcome the debilitating effects of their socio-economic environment.” Thasleem, you are a great man. You win my respect. I agree MIC and MCA are just serving their leadership. They do nothing for their communities, other than social welfare programs. I am only disappointed with your fellow Indian Muslims, who claim and behave like Malays. When you have indian ethnicity, be proud of it.Hats of Mr Tasleem sir. You earned my respect. But I’m really disappointed with KIMMA, who now wants UMNO to accord them the Bumiputra status. Indians like us, even if we are Muslims will never be Bumis, please instill this fact to this KIMMA morons. And yes, I concur to some view here that, these are the bunch of people who are creating unrest in Penang. Shame on these mamaks..you are a big digrace to the community..!”Another four or five years is not going to bury the community for good. you have hit the nail on the head! Indians mean, malayees, sikhs, tamils, gujaratis, indian muslims, etc. The leadership did not see it this way and wanted “yes” men around them! We have already gone through this for 55 years. I have lost hope that BN would ever, ever look at the Indian issues genuinely.””CRY MALAYSIA” Thasleem Mohd Ibrahim, I said the same thing for MCA (and MIC) in the other forum. I only went as far as 3 decades. You beat me by almost another decade and I ain’t making any complain. Both MCA and MIC (including Gerakan and all the other small component parties of BN) are LONG DEAD… thanks to UMNO and not the least the said component parties themselves. Bastardized bastards!Thasleem how is it that the Indian Muslim have problems when the 4th PM whose roots are from Kerala,India can become a malay and bumiputera.You just need to follow his footsteps,one by one,to work yourself to be a member of UMNO.Again look at those Penang mamaks, some whose skin colour just stand out differently but are also malay and bumiputera.You are right when you mentioned that the BN parties are just damn too timid to stand-up up to their big brother,UMNO,which resulted in the current problems faced by the non-malays..Ubah and do the right thing this coming 13th GE,vote for PR to take over Putrajaya then we will know who can lead Malaysia out of the present rotten, corrupted system that we inherited from the 4th Mamak PM since 1981 Congrats! You’re one heck of a mamak to openly claim an Indian. Shame on the ‘mamak bedukang’ fellow MM. The Indian Muslims in Malaysia have an obsession to become Malay. MIC is relevant but it is in a pathetic state. The fault is offcourse with the leader, the honourable samy velu.While he was enjoying euphoric status for nothing other than absolute luck, Umno and MCA were sharing the cake 50:50 leaving the indians with zero meaning there is nothing the community owns.Thats the leader samy velu is. What is he boosting now. Pathetic indeed.
our ultimate aim is to have an umbrella body that reflects the entire community,” National Indian Action Team chairman Thasleem Mohamed had told the Sundaily last week, just days before the Brickfields rally. Indraf 2.0 pro-tem committee members were DAP’s Prof Ramasamy, the Penang Deputy Chief Minister II, Niat chairman Thasleem Mohamad, and Malaysian Indian Voice adviser R Kengadaran. Raidu is the MIV chairman and Ganabatirao an adviser in the newly set-up partreadmorehttp://engagechittarkootaijamath.blogspot.com/2012/07/malaysia-alagankulam-muslim-jamath.html