Over the years, we can’t discount the contribution of the Indian community in this country, from national building to economic development. Respected Indian entrepreneurs like Tan Sri Tony Fernandez brought us the world famous Air Asia and it is a dream come true for many that now everyone can fly. Long touted as the race that was marginalized, it is time for government to make up for the past by giving more to the Indian community as a way of recognizing their contributions.
Very often I have Indian friends who told me that they felt that there are the third class citizens in Malaysia after the Chinese complain that we are the second class citizen. When I asked why they felt that, two very simple examples they cited are no national holiday for Thaipusam and why other races all enjoys more public holidays compared to them.
Prior to the last general election, the Prime Minister had asked for nambikei (trust) from the Indian community and it is time for him to extend romba nandri (thank you) to them not only via massive allocation as mentioned in his 2014 budget but should also include an additional public holiday for the community to celebrate the Deepavali. Now that Thaipusam is a national holiday, I hope that the government will grant the Indian community’s one more wish to have Deepavali as two days national holiday for celebration.