There is approximately 2 million Indians in Malaysia. Their ancestors were brought here by the British to work on the rubber, coffee, tea and sugar plantations.
In 1931, there were 640,000 Indians. In Selangor that year, they outnumbered the Selangor Malays.
Although the Malays were marginalised initially, steps were taken by the British Residents to ensure that the Malays do not lose out to the immigrants.
However, very little was done to help improve the living conditions and education of the Indian community.
Estates management refused to spend on the Tamil schools in their estates, while the British lent very little support to sustain these schools. The British’s only aim was to keep the Indians as labourers for the estates they own.
All this changed after Merdeka when the Alliance (now Barisan Nasional) began funding the Tamil schools that have transitioned to national-type schools although the sum was small. This continued throughout only until recently.
The luxury gap between the rich and poor Indians grew as a result, and the latter group was getting into all sorts of trouble. There was very little help made available to the Indians in Malaysia even when a certain Prime Minister of Indian descent had all the means for 22 years to help.
If you think that the Indians fare better under the Opposition in the states that they administer then you are dead wrong. There have been many cases of oppression of the Indians by the Pakatan governments.
For the past two years, Najib Razak has put together a team to come up with a blueprint that could assist the Indian community.
Called the Malaysian Indian Blueprint or MIB in short – it contains solutions to several key issues affecting the Indians such as education, improving livelihoods and better social inclusion.
Even before the existence of the blueprint, Najib Razak has personally made efforts to improve conditions for the Indians.
For example, there are only 523 Tamil schools in the country. Yet, Najib pledged RM800 million for these schools, or RM1.5 million for each Tamil school.
On top of that, an Indian was appointed as the Deputy Education Minister for the first time in this nation’s history.
Najib also created four departments in his office to look into the plight of the Indians. They are the Tamil Schools Transformation Plan, the Secretariat for the Empowerment of Indian Entrepreneurs, the Special Implementation Task Force, and the Socio-Economic Development for the Indian Community.
He also set up a Cabinet Committee for the Indian Community which he chairs and meets with the stakeholders every month.
Therefore, a lot has been done and is being done by Najib Razak, who is a Malay and a Muslim, for the Indians, more than any Prime Minister or Opposition leader ever has!
And for the next ten years, the MIB will see a whole lot more improvements done for the Indians.
All that for only 7 percent of the total population!
So, why are these people being rude?