Many Indian Malaysians are hoping that Mahathir and his team will improve the lot of the Indian Malaysian community, writes Selvie.
I look forward to ushering in a new Malaysia by midnight today.
At the last general election, I tried my level best to encourage voters to change the government.
Knowing the insecurity of some in the Malay community who think that voting for the opposition is like voting for Chinese Malaysians and that they will be ruled by the Chinese, I have explained to my friends and relatives to accept Dr Mahathir Mohamad this time. This way, these Malays will not feel insecure about voting for Pakatan Harapan and changing the government.
Today, I can feel the change is for real, and once again with all my friends and relatives, we will be leaving home as early as 6.30am to the polling station. We had another sleepless night last night as we dreamed of saving Malaysia after six decades.
We hope Mahathir will keep his promises in his manifesto and show a special interest in the Indian Malaysian community like he has promised. Just to remind him:
1) Waive the red identify cards and grant citizenship
2) Issue them birth certificates
3) Provide equal opportunities for scholarships and university seats
4) Provide equal job and promotion opportunities
If Mahathir really feels sorry for the Indian community, for the sorry situation they are in, he should focus on rectifying the damage that took place during his 22-year tenure.
The youth should be corrected and dissuaded from thuggery and other unhealthy habits. This is shameful as the community was respected during Tunku Abdul Rahman’s time.
Our people do not hang around outside drinking in groups, creating an unpleasant environment in the neighbourhoods, stealing or fighting for nothing. But today, it is painful to see everything upside down in the community.
Many do not even have a proper place to live. Some of the drains around where they live are clogged, and there no proper rubbish bins or rubbish collectors. Rats are drawn to these places and the surroundings stink.
Please treat these people like human beings who need proper sanitation and hygienic surroundings. As you are a doctor, I need not explain further. We hope you will provide them with a clean living environment even if it is low-cost flats or terraced housing.
We want our younger generation to take their rightful place in society. My family and friends will vote for you, Dr Mahathir, to improve the lot of the Indian community.
We want a harmonious Malaysia without ethnic and religious conflict and dirty politics.
Selvie is an Aliran newsletter subscriber. She says, “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”