Bravo to the more than 2000 Orang Asli who staged a historic protest at Putrajaya on March 17 to demand fair treatment from the government !
The protest reminds Malaysians of the brave Hindraf led Indian protest at Putrajaya and the political awakening of the Indian community to fearlessly stand up for their rights interests.
I am not surprised that the Prime Minister who has talked about government leaders must be prepared to turun padang has failed to personally meet the Orang Asli or their representatives. His turun padang programme is only confined to activity which will give the government positive media publicity.
Yesterday's protest was certainly one event which would not put the government in positive light and one that he would certainly want to avoid.
But I am shocked that the Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had said that he was not aware of the Orang Asli's protest and the community's demands .
He nevertheless stressed that the government has always supported the Orang Asli and taken an interest in their welfare.
"If they are unhappy, they can submit their views on it and the department concerned will scrutinise it. If there is any proposition which is reasonable, we will do what is necessary," he said.
How could it be that the Deputy Prime Minister of a government which claims to always support the Orang Asli and their interest was not aware of the community's grievances when more than 2000 of them had traveled to Putrajaya to stage a rare protest.?
No community will stage a protest at Putrajaya the moment a problem crops up and such protest is usually held after their grievances are not addressed for some time., long and frustrated enough for the angry folks to
go all the way to Putrajaya.
If Muhyiddin truly wants to help the Orang Asli, he should turun padang to personally meet the community to address and solve their grievances .