Samy Vellu had earlier bravely called for a ban on Deepavali ‘open house’ by MIC politicians, supposedly in angry protest against the ferocious demolition of an Indian temple in Shah Alam - see my earlier post What lies behind City Hall's brutalities?
But ;-) according to Malaysiakini, in just less than three hours, MIC made a complete U-turn and said the 'open house' is on again.
Hahaha, well, that’s Samy Vellu and the MIC for you. And do you still need to ask why most of Indian Malaysians continue to be the most marginalised ethnic group in our country?
Samy gave the excuse that there has been an 'overwhelming request' by the members of the community for the ban to be overturned - hmmm, 'overwhelming request' from the MIC community or the entire Indian community? Alas, he didn't bother to elaborate, but I need to ask the question - where's the MIC protest against the demolition of Hindu temples now?
But it's obvious the clamour of wanna bodek was far more important than mere demolished temples and too powerful even for the President of the MIC to ignore. If he had even dared, no, pigs won't fly but chairs and tables most certainly would.
Yessiree, nothing can stand in the path of a
Despite the UMNO annual general assembly being held on Deepavali Day (8 Nov), an obvious snub to a nothing-party of the BN (Kayveas smiling?), the MIC
Mama Samy proclaimed that elected representatives of the party may open houses on Deepavali. I've also heard on the grapevine that the MIC ‘open houses’ would be kept going late, just to accommodate some ‘visitors’ after they have finished their more important conference.
But you know something?
When Samy made that initial call not to open house on Deepavali, I had imagined (slap, slap, slap on my own wrists for being silly) that Mama had finally found his backbone to make at least a symbolic stand against the Selangor government’s disrespect for Hindu temples.
Well, it seems that Mama is still in mourning for his late brother, who passed away early this year, therefore he won't be having an ‘open house’ anyway.
While I respect his piety for his late brother, I certainly don’t his grandstanding - hey, Mama, when you've already planned not to have an 'open house' in the first place, please don't act tough by saying you won't be holding an 'open house'.
It’s little wonder that the other MIC leaders were annoyed at the ban which wouldn't have affected Samy, but which would have denied them the opportunity to ... er ... showcase their ... er ... hospitality.
MIC – its world famous 'Must I Come?' had transformed for a wee while into a plaintive 'Must I Cancel?'