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This is good news for the Indians. Anil Netto from Penang has blogged about a DAP ceramah held in the island. Who would have thought that the Indians would rise up in this manner to voice their support. A 90% turn-out of Indians warms my heart. This community has woken up from its slumber and stands tall to be counted. It is a fore-runner for more things to happen. The makkal hither have been taken for granted, but with “Makkal Sakthi” it is a force to be reckoned with. Disseminate this information far and wide and let all Indians rejoice in the new found strength. Valga “Makkal Sakthi”

Makkal Sakthi fever hits Penang

Makkal Sakthi (People Power)!” thundered speaker after speaker.

Valga (Long live)!” roared back the crowd.

I thought I would check out the atmosphere at the DAP ceramah at the Penang Chinese Town Hall in George Town tonight. The theme: “Bebaskan Hindraf 5 (Free the Hindraf Five).”

When I arrived at the hall at around 8.00pm, it was full. More people were arriving and soon they were spilling out of the hall, where two screens had been put up for those outside to watch the proceedings.

Total turnout was around 3,000, including the few hundred outside the hall.

This was not your typical DAP ceramah. I have covered ceramahs in Penang for some years – and this was unlike any I had seen. Instead of an 80 per cent ethnic Chinese crowd, this time Indian Malaysians made up more than 90 per cent of the crowd. Instead of speaking in English and Chinese, the DAP speakers spoke largely in Malay and Tamil and some English. The Chinese Malaysians who turned up looked bemused and a bit taken aback to find themselve in a minority this time! One Chinese woman, a stranger, turned to me and remarked, “After 50 years of Independence, you have finally woken up” – which sounded a bit strange; she was talkng as if I represented the entire Indian Malaysian community in the country!

I was more interested in observing the crowd. Of course, the middle-class were represented, but I saw many – men and women – who looked like they had come from tough or difficult backgrounds, the lower-income group. Were they manual workers, casual labourers, unemployed, or factory workers, I wondered. Many of them looked like they were coming to a political ceramah for the first time.

They all seemed eager to snap up reading material such as The Rocket and Aliran Monthly, which were being sold outside.

The DAP made a conscious effort to project the Indian Malaysians in their ranks such as Karpal, Kula, Prof Ramasamy, Guna, and Sivanesan. Also on stage were Kit Siang, Chong Eng and was that Jeff Ooi?

Guan Eng told the crowd he had asked quite a few Hindus what they were praying for on Thaipusam and they replied, “For the release of the Hindraf Five.”

“But what did Abdullah Badawi give you?” he asked. “A public holiday!”

He also poked fun at Lingam’s “it looks like me; it sounds like me”.

The crowd laughed, knowingly, at the farce.

As for the Hindraf leaders who are now on a hunger strike, someone told me there was a joke going around that if ever Uthayakumar, who is a diabetic, needed a blood transfusion, the authorities would be wary of appealing to the public for blood donations. That’s because they would have to call in the FRU to control the thousands who would queue up to give blood!

All the DAP speakers received a rousing welcome as they entered the hall, including a big cheer for Karpal, who is the senior lawyer for the Hindraf leaders under detention. Karpal, speaking while seated on the stage, told the crowd the DAP was “adopting” Makkal Sakthi.

At another desk outside the hall, a couple of DAP volunteers were giving out forms to those who wanted to sign up as polling day volunteers to assist the party. About half a dozen young Indian Malaysians were busy filling up the forms.

I asked the DAP volunteer at the desk how many people had signed up. She flicked through the stack of forms and counted around 30. Others had taken forms, promising to return them later, she said.

From the back of the hall, I could see the a sprinkling of folks who had come in the orange attire of Makkal Sakthi, including the Makkal Sakthi T-shirts.

A visitor from KL told me, the mood here seemed more enthusiastic than in KL. “Perhaps it’s because the folks over in KL have quite a few different events to choose from.”

On my way back home, I walked past the Pitt Street Corner Bar, a stone’s throw from the Chinese Town Hall. It is usually an oasis for those seeking “refreshments” on a Saturday night. Today, it looked rather quiet from outside – a few empty tables inside – despite the presence of a large crowd nearby.

Even as more Malaysians were being detained in KL earlier today, the mood in Penang – at least among these 3,000 people – was one of newfound strength and solidarity, a community that had awakened from their slumber.

And the mood was infectious. Even the Chinese DAP volunteers outside were calling out, “Makkal Sakthi!

Valga!

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5 Comments

  1. Makkal Sakthi !!!

  2. Not only are the opposition parties nibbling at him over the erosion of Indians support for him, he has told off other BN component parties to “hand off” his Indian problems” and not to “break the pot” which is already cracked (see in the Video Clip).
    After the “evening with the PM” last Sunday, he has to ask the lady Sport Minister to ask the Indian Youths to continue supporting the fading Samy Vellu . He received a memo on Problems faced by Indian Youths prepared by Malaysian Indians Youth Foundation – a coalition of Indian Youth Bodies. See the Bernam report below, they can’t give him one line of credit on this Memo. Enough memos have been submitted and the problems are already well documented. It was another BN project to shore up his declining influence in the Indians community. Enough is enough after 34 years
    More details, pics & video clip
    Go H E R E
    on
    SAMY Last Stand & Exit from Sungai Siput? – And an ignominious and inglorious defeat & exit to cap 34 years in Sungai Siput.

  3. Meletakkan emosi pada masa yang tepat akan membawa banyak kemanafaatan.Sebagai warga kita wajar sedar tiada status kelas yang boleh diberikan kepada mana-mana keturunan dan setiap dari kita wajar menerima kebenaran dan upaya mengoptimumkan kebolehan dan potensi diri untuk berubah dengan lebih beretika.
    Tidak wajar wujud kroni dan amalan nepotisme dalam pengagihan kekayaan hasil negara dan amat dituntut untuk memahami penghayatan terhadap kemampuan dan kekuatan Barisan Alternatif untuk melakukan peralihan memperbaharui kedudukan sosial masyarakat.Masyarakat India memerlukan kepimpinan yang jujur dan berupaya beramanah.Krisis kepimpinan masyarakat ini perlu disedari hasil dari ‘pendewaan’ keterlaluan bahawa hanya yang berdarjat elit sahaja perlu berperanan kerana tenaga yang kuat berusaha dan mencapaikan setiap sasaran ekonomi adalah dihasilkan oleh marhaen miskin dan ini adalah peluang dan kesempatan untuk mulai menganalisa mengkaji sebelum diperbetulkan mengapakah selama ini masyarakat India berada jauh ketinggalan dalam berbagai bidang kehidupan.Tidak wajar di antara kita lebih dijustifikasikan sebagai bersikap radikal dalam usaha menuntut keadilan.
    Di dalam prinsip agama Islam (saya seorang muslim) pemimpin itu setiap yang dilakukannya hanyalah untuk Allah lantaran kemestian mereka bersifat taat mengerjakan solat,mengeluarkan zakat dan menyuruh makruf dan mencegah yang mungkar apabila mereka diberikan kedudukan sebagai pemimpin di atas dunia ini.(Ia jelas dizahirkan oleh pemimpin Muslim dari Barisan Alternatif)
    Pesanan ini efektif jika blog ini milik wanita dan tidak berfungsi jika pemilik blog ini seorang lelaki.

  4. Kick BN out for good. We don’t need them,these are only crooks in disguise as people’s representative.We need to vote in the opposition now ,after 50 years we have enough of this goons.We need to get back into our stride and get our country back into the track.The defining moment is here,we need to take the bull by its horn,and come March 8th,thats what we are going to do, vote for change and vote for the opposition.

  5. dear sir/madam

    pls download this song and spread it as much as you can…

    Download via this link.
    http://www.mediafire.com/?zyvddbamx9n

    small contribution by malaysian indian to malaysian indian makkal..

    makkal sakthi valgae….
    im proudly call this song …. “song of makkal sakthi’…

    also with lyrics…

    raajaavai toondiyataal…
    padaigal tirandhathu…
    roojaavai tuundiyathal…
    mutkal elunthathu…
    mani oasi kethathal
    kangal vizhithathe
    malai charal tindiyal
    maunam kalainthathe
    itutaanee aarambam..
    iniyellam perinbam…
    varunggalam vaalthidhum..
    ini varum puthumai
    tamilanaaga pirantha pirapee
    namkkul irukkum
    sirappu
    namakkul irukkum ootrumaiyea…
    niiyum naanum
    karuppu
    raajaavai toondiyataal…
    padai tirandhathu…
    roojaavai tuundiyathal…
    mutkal elunthathu…
    music
    Kaiyodu Kai Korthe
    Vetriyai Yetti Toduvomey
    Tholode Tholl sernthe
    Velichaithai Nooki Nadapomey
    poorkalam namakkul vendhaamey
    orukulam namakkul vendhumey
    kalavaram namakkul vendhammey
    samarasam namakkul vendhumey
    tamilanaaga pirantha pirapee
    namkkul irukkum
    sirappu
    namakkul irukkum ootrumaiyea…
    niiyum naanum
    karuppu
    raajaavai toondiyataal…
    padai tirandhathu…
    roojaavai tuundiyathal…
    mutkal elunthathu…

    music
    Vali Mithe Vilzhi Veithe
    Muyarchi Pathaiyil Nadapomey
    Adi mithe Adi Thangi
    Imaiyam Sendre Servomey
    Tholviyai Kande Kalanggathey
    Tunbanggal Neringgidea Varunthathey
    Sathanai Purinthida Yelunthode
    Saritham Pesidum UnPere
    tamilanaaga pirantha pirapee
    namkkul irukkum
    sirappu
    namakkul irukkum ootrumaiyea…
    niiyum naanum
    karuppu
    raajaavai toondiyataal…
    padai tirandhathu…
    roojaavai tuundiyathal…
    mutkal elunthathu…
    mani oasi kethathal
    kangal vizhithathe
    malai charal tindiyal
    maunam kalainthathe
    itutaanee aarambam..
    iniyellam perinbam…
    varunggalam vaalthidhum..

    tamilanaaga pirantha pirapee
    namkkul irukkum
    sirappu
    namakkul irukkum ootrumaiyea…
    niiyum naanum
    karuppu
    raajaavai toondiyataal…
    padai tirandhathu…
    roojaavai tuundiyathal…
    mutkal elunthathu…

    Download via this link.
    http://www.mediafire.com/?zyvddbamx9n


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