5 generations on my father's side and 3 generations from my mother's side...surely I am a proud Malaysian with remote roots in India. But even here in Malaysia I've been marginalised, yes, I'm not pissed, but disappointed.... and that's sad !
See, HINDRAF has marginalised me because I am a Catholic and not a Hindu...and the entire march on the 25-11-07 was only to highlight, whether rightly or wrong, the plight and grievances of only the Hindus. Hey, I'm not being a bigot here and I've got many "brudders" who are Hindus , yes and some of my best friends are Hindus too, BUT support and walked I did, on that faithful day with all my Indian brethren of Malaysian origin NOT because of their demands BUT on the constitutional right of every "neglected" citizen to peacefully gather, march or be heard ! Even when the "call" was for all Malaysians of Indians origin !
So you see I have, whether intentionally or otherwise, been side-lined by the very people of my remote origin.......and that hurts !
Perhaps if the organisers of HINDRAF and their leaders had not been so religiously clannish....and had represented all Malaysians of Indian origin, as the "call" had been, be they Hindus, Muslims, Christian, Sikhs and even Zoroaster's in all sincerity and without hidden agendas.....than this posting might not be necessary !