Speech to Indian leaders in Sitiawan on 28November2010
Although DAP is a multi racial party, the Indian leaders and members in the party have greater responsibility in ensuring the Indian support for the DAP and PR coalition.I wish to thank all who have conveyed their words of support to me after my recent defeat at the Perak DAP state election.
As I have said before, I may be down but I am definitely not out. I will continue to play my role in Perak state and national politics.
I can understand Indians’ grassroots’ feelings with regard to my defeat. But I ask all not to be disheartened.
Translate your anger into positive force for the party. Don’t refuse to sell Tamil Rocket newspaper.
We must reach out to the Indian community and Rocket newspaper is one way of doing so.
Let’s all continue to soldier on the DAP’s fight for a Malaysian Malaysia.
There is no doubt that the Indians’ kingmaker role in 2008 general election helped create the political tsunami which resulted in BN‘s unprecedented electoral debacle.
Many described the strong Indian support for opposition as the result of the political awakening of the Indian community. Why then so soon after the 2008 general election, there has been a swing of Indian support back to BN?
Is it because BN has changed and implemented policies and measures which greatly benefit the Indian community? Or is it because the PR has failed to meet the expectations of the Indian community?
BN has not changed much. The failed attempt to acquire the Sitiawan Indian heritage land is one fine example that shows BN’s continued arrogance and insensitivity.
I therefore believe that the slide in Indian support for PR is because PR has not been able to meet the expectations of the Indian community.
This may not be something nice to admit but we can’t act like ostrich burying its head in the sand.
We must be bold to admit the fact and buck up immediately.
Although DAP is a multi racial party, the Indian leaders and members in the party have greater responsibility in ensuring the Indian support for the DAP and PR coalition.
We must therefore reach out to the Indian community and champion their rights and interest.
We must also “champion internally “to ensure that PR state governments can meet the expectations \of the Indian community