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Friday, March 12, 2010

The ugly spells

The issue regarding Indian society.

One day, my friend Duo-Ren asked me a simple yet in-depth question, 'Why is the solidarity in Indian society is not that strong?'

Duo-Ren is from Sekinchan, a place where Indians are hardly to be seen. Even he realizes this problem in the Indian society. When he asked me that question, I was taken back for few seconds before answering him. Clearly, the solidarity among the Indian society is a big question mark.

My friend further elaborated on the Chinese community help each other by their different means of establishing associations and raising funds.

I was quite ashamed that my Indian society has all the similar associations and funds as the Chinese, however, the gains from those establishments are benefited by only certain parties. For example, what happened to the Maika Holdings? It was supposed to help the Indians. Instead, the people in charge 'robbed' the Indians in daylight. I still remember my grandmother cursing the the Maika Holdings because my grandfather had invested more that RM1000 20 years ago.
20 years ago, RM1000 was really a large sum of money after considering the inflation incurred over the years. Indians steal from Indians.

Besides greed, there is another reason why the Indians cannot really stay under one roof. When I told my friend about this reason, he was shocked that this segregating element still exists in this modern era. Caste. Yes. This thing does exist until this very day. The problem of caste is that it creates a sense of ego in individuals. The ones from upper caste degrade the ones from lower caste. The people from upper class feels that they are too good to mingle around with people from lower caste. The people from lower caste just sort of accepts who they are always give in to the people from upper caste. Caste was created during the ancient days where people were categorized who they were. If you are a knight, you are from the upper caste. If you are a drainage worker, you are from the lower caste. This is how caste is passed down in families for decades till today. So, it is completely ridiculous to categorize people by caste in this modernizing world as the descendant of a drainage worker could turn out to be a nobel prize winner.

This ego also leads to jealousy. When person is doing better than one, immediately negative thoughts will knock on the door. Instead of being happy for the person, he or she will say bad thing about the person. For instance, when I first got my scholarship, many people said that I easily got the scholarship out of thin air. When I heard this, I was like what?? It was my years of hard work and experience that enabled me to get the grades and speak in the interview. Not some pagan magic nor cable. Unfortunately, my own far far relatives were not happy. I thought blood was supposed to be thicker than water. Looks like something has diluted it.

I am not complaining about the issues among Indian community. The Chinese have their Kantonese, Hokkien, Hakka and the Christians have their Catholics, Methodists, Anglicans and yet, they can be harmonious. So why dont the Indians wake up from the spells that held us and catch up with the rest so that we can progress in becoming a more united community of the world.



  1. An ideal country = A nation without race segregation, oppression. Everyone has an equal opportunity to shine in his/her own field.No more Chinese helping Chinese; Indian helping Indian or EVEN Malay helping Malay...

  2. "Knowledge is light. Without light we cannot live and the world would be a dark place even though the truth was with us.In the olden days, we were bound in darkness.Let us free our people with education because knowledge can lift the weight of ignorance and set our people free." - Professor Koesnadi Harja Soemantri

  3. haha found your blog!

    erm i think the reasons you mentioned above are present among every race but somehow, they are more evident among indians.

    it all boils down to the mindset of the individual. the upbringing and the environment in which he/she is educated is really important. another thing to ponder: maybe the indians are satisfied (or deceived) with their current status quo in malaysia?

    but anyway, the question shouldn't be "Why is the solidarity in Indian society not that strong?" because it shouldn't matter, should it? in every issue, we tend to break down malaysia into its different races and evaluate them.

    time to think of indians, chinese, malays, kadazans, dusuns (let's not forget them) and others as simply malaysians.

  4. Correct correct, we should Bangsa Malaysia as a reality wholeheartedly, and not just as a National Day slogan.