Hornbill Unleashed

November 23, 2013

Helping the marginalised

Filed under: Human rights,Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 12:00 AM
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In today’s The Star newspaper, Minister in the PM’s department, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim provides some precise figures on help extended to the poor among Malaysians of Indian ethnicity. Tekun has provided 12,319 Indians with RM153.9 million, while 7,714 people were given RM47.5 million. Perhaps, it would be useful for the minister to elaborate on the nature of the help given.

For instance, (1) Who were those chosen for this help and on what basis were they selected? (2) What connections did they have with dominant political parties? (4) To what extent was economic parity an important consideration in granting financial help to those selected? (5) What is the time period over which this help was extended? (4) What measures of success have there been on account of this help?

The question always is whether the these measures being taken are directed at the right and deserving cases or whether it gets rerouted into pockets of those less deserving. If the latter be the case, the issue of marginalisation will never be addressed, no matter the amounts supposedly being channeled to the community.

The good minister also makes a claim about 30% of all doctors in the country being Indians. Were these astounding figures produced as a result of government efforts in elevating the status of the community? Perhaps he might elaborate on the percentage of these Malaysian doctors of Indian ethnicity who succeeded as a result of government support.

At the same time, I would also like to refer to the figures made public by the PDRM pertaining to 70% of all criminals in Malaysia being Indians. To what extent is this matter of concern and how is this issue being addressed, aside from punitive actions by security and police forces? There is enough sociological research from around the world that find correlations between marginalisation and crime rates.

The minister also goes on to advise those Indians who have made it to “help those who are less successful”. Community work is laudable and we should encourage as much social responsibility as possible. But surely this applies to all communities. After all, studies have shown that intercultural disparities and inequalities are high among all communities in Malaysia. Should we not therefore be providing the same advice to Malaysians of Malay, Chinese and Indian ethnicity in order to develop a more equitable society?


  1. Well Sumam, don’t be surprised if the ‘good ‘ minister answer, ” I HAVE TO CHECK !” because he wasn’t sure in the first place ! After all BN ministers ARE KNOWN to talk without thinking caps !

    Comment by Tereschin — November 24, 2013 @ 3:48 AM | Reply

  2. If the marginalized don’t help themselves to vote out this evil, greedy government, no one else can help them much.

    Comment by Sharpshooter — November 23, 2013 @ 3:21 PM | Reply

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