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Thursday, December 06, 2007

HINDRAF - The Suara Rakyat Mahaguru58 interviews # 2



I followed up with my Suara Rakyat Live Interviews by following my instincts in approaching a young Malaysian Hindu who was at the Salak Selatan Star LRT station at Cheras when I stopped over there on a business matter.

He was clearly a committed Hindu judging from his appearance and I thought that if I am to be fair in my investigative citizen journalism pursuits, then he would make an ideal candidate for my # 2nd Suara Rakyat interview.

With anticipation of a refusal on his part to be interviewed, I just followed my instincts and went over to to him who was sitting on his motorbike with two other young Hindus.

I greeted him and his friends. Introduced myself and explained to him my purpose in wanting to share with you and also the global readers as to what a Malaysian Hindu has to say about the recent developments concerning the HINDRAF rally and what he feels needs to be done about it?

Luckily, he agreed to be interviewed and I spoke to him in Tamil, one of my favorite languages which I am lucky to be able to speak and understand but unfortunately have yet to learn to read and write.

I speak fluent English, Bahasa Melayu and Tamil. I can also converse fairly in Penang Hokkien, Mandarin, a bit of Hindi, Japanese and Arabic. Understand a few phrases of Spanish, French, German, etc.

The ability to speak in the languages above helps me in my Dakwah activities and also a major help to me in my business dealings.

Enough about me. Let's listen to what Hari has to say?

I will be updating this post with a transcript of what Hari commented and the questions that I posed to him.

He gave a heartfelt interview and expressed his sadness that because of the way things turned out in the HINDRAF rally, many of his friends and fellow Hindus are locked up in jail and can't work.

When asked about the illegal temples demolition issue, he replied that it is up to the government department concerned. They should know as to how to do their job?

When asked about whether it would be wise for HINDRAF to hold another rally, he said that if possible not to do so but if Tamils are being victimized, then there would be no other options but to go to their defense and aid.

Reasonable comments from a Malaysian citizen. I wish Hari and all Hindus to be rational and go about seeking justice for themselves in a manner that everyone would be happy to support and help if they could only do so without getting into further scrapes or resort to inciting racial or religious unrest as best as they possibly could.

Wait for my transcripts of this exclusive one to one interview with one of Malaysian Hindu grassroot members. You get to hear and see a true Malaysian citizen share his viewpoints.

Not a bloody politician or government official. This is as good as it gets and Mahaguru58 intends to go meet and see more Malaysians about what concerns us all?

Justice, fair comment and an avenue for those whom I interview to say their piece right here in Suara Rakyat @ the Citizen's Voice!

If you want to keep yourself updated with all the latest happenings here in Malaysia, head on over to Malaysiakini, our nation's in your face news portal. All the best to you.

May peace and prosperity be accorded to all Malaysians and everyone do their part in getting it!

Malaysians Boleh!

4 comments:

fawakil said...

Peace to all,

After reading various, mostly hate blogs, and negative reports it is in a way a relief to have come across your blog.

I do not agree with extemism and fanaticism regardless of where they come from. I am a Malay Muslim but I know no racial or for that matter religious boundaries when it comes to making friends. Among them is a Jew in America. I have befriended many fine Indians and am grateful for that priviledge.

I am not saying that there are grievances that Indians or Hindus should not air about and I would hasten to advise my fellow Muslims in authority not to be heavy handed in dealings with non-Muslims minority concerns.

If we accept the premise that there are stupidity on both sides, then for God’s sake let us not be one of them.

I would say that the most precious commodity in this world is peace. A peacefulness which is not subject to tyranny or forced obedience. In this country every child is free to pursue his ambitions, whether in country or abroad. There are of course issues with regard to affirmative actions for the Malays in education and government. Yes, I agree that these issues must be addressed but not stupidly please. There are other issues of temple demolitions but what after all indeed if they are illegal? Now a simple solution perhaps is to offer a different site location. Or perhaps to offer to dismantle the deities and respectfully transport them to a new location. Has all these possibilities been explored? I am now here reminded of a shrine along the old Bentong to KL road. There are several in fact but this particular one attached to a very old tree clearly has no permission by the authorities to be there. If the government has plans to widen or built a new road there in 50 years time, surely no one in their right mind would deny it this right. I had a relative, who have since died, who was more or less “tortured” whilst in police custody for keeping goods stolen by a so called friend. But he did not start a riot. He was very angry to be sure but in the end he married, got kids and did a successful business as a mechanic. An uncle of mine was involved in some demonstration in the 70’s and was detained under the ISA. He was also “tortured” according to his accounts but milder this time. He is now a respected ex-headmaster with wonderful children.

There is no denying the fact that many of the authorities who mostly comprises Malays are really ignoramus, for want a of better word. But this is a fact of life that nothing short of tyranny and violence would change overnight, or maybe not even that. It is all very well for a young hot blooded male to say that anything should justify the means, but what is the use of means that destroys everything leaving in fact nothing for justification?

I would like to think that those Indians which I had read and held in the highest esteem such as Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Ramana Maharshi and Swami Ramdas are perhaps very much inclined not to pursue a course of action such as by HINDRAF.

I would advise Muslims and non-Muslims alike to dispel ideas of superiority or the advent of the “new millenia” for their religion, which more often than not are based on some obscure religious texts which are not correctly interpreted. We could of course meet halfway where there are clear similarities of principles which could serve as a basis for further appreciation. And it is appreciation which is lacking here which compels people to look down on others who are not their “own”. And as appreciation sinks in further cooperation and colloboration as well as the inevitable give and take will be much easier which should ensure that most and not least people benefits.

I do not like to think that a majority of any group or races are evil. If it were logic alone would dictate that group to perish long since. But a minority of insensitive people to the point of being evil will always exist whether we like it or not. Let us not pander to these.

mahaguru58 said...

Assalamualaikum bro,

May there be many more like you in our midst.

Insya Allah, Malaysia will be able to progress in peace and turn more prosperous in the near future.

Jazakallah bro.

Wassalamualaikum wr wb.

arenaKu uKanera said...

Although I did not understand a single word in the second interview, I find it more "credible" than the first interview because the interviewer was not leading the interviewee.

Anyhow, keep up the good job, Mahaguru58! And more, please.

mahaguru58 said...

Assalamualaikum brother 'arenaku',

Hahahahaha...sorry about the way I did the first interview.

As you probably have guessed, this is my initial stages of learning how to conduct live interviews and get it on digital video.

To be fair to Fadhil Dani, he was speaking to me unscripted and straight off the cuff.

I apologize for my lack of finesse in conducting such interviews without first informing my chosen subjects as to the context of what I will ask them and maybe prepare them to answer according to their own perceptions of the topic in question.

You can see the improvement on my part in the second interview as I got the hang of conducting my interviews of the Malaysian public.

I am learning as I go along and Insya Allah, will be getting better in my Suara Rakyat @ Citizen's Voice series.

Thank you for your comment and if you see any other areas where I can improve, I would be pleased to get your feedback.

Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah, Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.