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YSS: ‘Don’t bite our fingers’ 

For all intends and purposes Dr Denison Jayasooria is trying to do a good job and his efforts must be appreciated. But the rumblings that have come out do not point directly at him. He is unfortunate, YSS comes under MIC and Samy Vellu, and whatever the good doctor may want to do, is objected to because of MIC ala Samy Vellu, and not because of Jayasooria. MIC and Samy are thought of as anathema to the Indiians, and they want to disassociate with this group which is responsible for the downfall of the Indians. The Indians are not going to change their mindset for a long time to come or at least until Samy departs from MIC. The hatred is enigmatic, how could Samy do this.

So, good doctor please understand, it is not you or your group, but Samy.    

YSS: ‘Don’t bite our fingers’

RK Anand | Apr 2, 08 7:20pm

MIC’s social arm Yayasan Sosial Strategik (YSS) is surprised that it is being criticised for being ‘more inclusive’ regarding its roundtable discussion on the mid-term review of the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP).

Several quarters want the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) in the Prime Minister’s Department and not YSS to take the lead in this endeavour if the government is serious in wanting to achieve the three percent equity target for the Indian community.

vwaishhnnavi letter to abu talib 060208 denison jayasooriaContacted today, YSS executive director Dr Denison Jayasooria said the April 10 discussion is the foundation’s own initiative and will be a low-key affair.

“We have not been asked by the EPU to do this, nobody asked us to do this. We are doing it on our own. We wanted to get input from a cross section of groups and that is why we invited 25 civil society groups and others.

“We categorically stated we do not want political groups. In the past, we were accused of not being inclusive,” he added.

He said YSS has invited even the more critical voices in the community, including Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) coordinator RS Thanenthiran to the discussion.

Following this, Denison – who is also a commissioner with the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) – said he received queries on whether MIC now recognises Hindraf.

“It’s not a question of who is calling for the discussion. It’s a free world, the groups invited have the right to accept the invitation or not. If they want, they can come and provide us with input,” he said.

‘Don’t bite our fingers’

On the same note, Denison said these groups are also free to organise their own discussions or make efforts to get the EPU to spearhead the review.

“There can be multiple approaches. But don’t bite our fingers when we are reaching out. On our side, whether they like us or not, we have been working on the ground over various issues and many people have benefitted from this,” he added.

Denision said YSS has conducted numerous roundtable discussions in the past and several more concerning youths are in the pipeline.

Elaborating more on the 9MP discussion, Denison said it is being carried out with the foundation’s own budget.

“It is being held in our building (the MIC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur). There’s no budget even for a hotel. Only chapathi, tea and vadai will be served,” he quipped.

Earlier, Malaysian Indian Business Association (Miba) president P Sivakumar told Malaysiakini that the review should be handled by the EPU and not YSS.

Such a move would reflect the government’s seriousness in wanting to do more for the Indian community, he said.

According to him, the EPU is in a better position to make adjustments or recommendations for the Indian community in the review.

“We don’t think there is any quarter in the Indian community that has the concrete data to show the progress of the Indian equity increase to three percent under the 9MP,” he said.

His call was supported by Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI) president Pardip Kumar Kukreja and Consumers Association of Subang and Shah Alam, Selangor (Cassa) president Dr Jacob George.

YSS: ‘Don’t bite our fingers’



  1. Mr P. Sivakumar is right; EPU shoud do it and NOT YSS.

    If I am not mistaken, Dr Denison Jayasooria is the executive director of YSS since 1997.

    கடந்த பத்து ஆண்டுகளில் இந்திய சமுதாயத்திற்கு YSS என்ன செய்து கிழித்தது என்று மக்களுக்கு அவர் முதலில் தெளிவாகச் சொல்லட்டும்.

  2. Hope you could use slightly bigger font, thanks

  3. Yes tskumar

    Thank you, I will use bigger fonts.

  4. Hello GV

    கிழித்ததெல்லாம் கிழித்தாகிவிட்டது, வெறொன்றும கிழிக்க இல்லையே.

    What has been done, cannot be undone.

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