Today marks another day in the history of Malaysian Indians. In about 5 hours’ time a small number of well-wishers will accompany me in filing a suit against the UK Government for reparations. This claim seeks to hold the UK Government responsible for negligence in leaving behind the minority Indian community behind in the then Malaya without adequate protection in the new Malayan constitution. The British left us at the mercy of the majority racist Malay politicians who have suppressed oppressed and marginalized us for 54 years. We are not equal citizens of this country. We continue to live in indignity perpetually. That makes us a permanently colonised community. We will never achieve Merdeka until we are treated equally as a fellow human being in this country. We will hold the British responsible in their own court of Law. The biggest weapon we have to fight injustices , atrocities, oppression ect is by the might of our brain. As a minority community we would be overrun in the ballot boxes more so when we can’t form a single Parliamentary constituency despite more than 850,000 Indian voters on the list.
They can have the Parliament to legislate laws for themselves, the courts to imprison us, the Governments departments to marginalise us, the politicians (from both sides) to cheat us but they will never be able to challenge the intelligence of our brains. This civil action would be the first of its kind to hold the former colonial empire which ruled half the world, responsible for its atrocities. I initiate this action today on behalf of the poor and underclass only. Those voices that never reached the powers that be. The silent voices that shed tears in isolation. The voiceless who none cared about and seen as scum. The defenceless that was trampled upon by the rich and powerful.
I pay tribute to the hundreds of thousands of my forefathers who were conned into coming into Malaya up to 200 years ago, the unknown labourers who died in the journey, the weak and downtrodden who were promised good wages for hard labour, the thousands who died clearing Malayan jungle, the thousands died building roads, railways, Government buildings, the thousands died and shed blood in the new country of theirs- Malaya- in unmarked graves, our great grandfathers, great grandmothers, uncles aunties, brothers sisters both known and unknown to me and you. All you people who are oppressed are part of me and this case is about you who suffered and continue to suffer in this land known as Malaysia. Merdeka is meaningless to us so long as we are treated as second class citizens. So long as we are seen as inferiors. Our struggle is all about EQUALITY in Rights and Dignity. The neo- democratic revolution continues.