Syabas to Datuk Dr S Subramaniam, Member of Parliament for Segamat for being sworned-in as the sole Indian cabinet Minister, in charge of Human Resources. Its agreed that at this crucial period with so much of ill-feelings that the Indian community has, his responsibility especially towards his fellowmen would be a focal point of attention and he may be forced to deliver what the Indians expect out of him if he still wants to continue serving in the cabinet for time to come.
But the important point to ponder would be, CAN HE DELIVER as effectively as Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu?
Many may criticise Datuk Seri Samy Vellu for the present dilemma faced by the Indians, but it need to be noted that with all his arrogance and stubbornness, if Datuk Seri Samy has set his mind, he will bull-dose without fear until he fulfills his ambition.
Maybe Datuk Seri Samy's greatest failure and set-back was he under-estimated the strength of the Indian communities anger against him and his MIC officials towards their continued neglect on the plights of the Indian community and fulfillment of their unkept promises made at various previous elections.
Since Datuk Dr Subramaniam is serving for the first time as a full Minister, he may have to be seen to agree with whatever UMNO has planned. If he was to demand and express his opinion on the plights of the anger of the Indians, he may be forced to 'quit' his post and will he risk such a situation as he has now gain this 'great power' without any effort in securing it. He can continue the 'tidak apa' attitude and please the other cabinet members and be there until such time this cabinet exist and enjoy all the 'goodies' that come along with this position. Will he risk this situation and golden opportunity?
Everyone knows what had gone wrong. Until today, nothing concrete or firm has taken place. Even the 5 innocent HINDRAF gentlemen are still 'lock-up' in Kamunting. The first cabinet meeting has concluded, and no signs to indicate that the Indians plight have been addressed. The only word we have is the people outside, Datuk Seri Samy and his failed leaders saying that they are looking into the matter and teaming up with their 'enemies' to show they together can deliver.
This is NOT what the Indian community is HOPING FOR. They need a clear and concrete chart on what they can expect and whether they are treated as equal partners in Malaysia which they had developed over these 50 odd years together with the other communities.
After all this scarifice, its time for the government of the day to deliver what is lacking and address them according.
Datuk Dr Subramaniam's future depends on him delivering what the Indian community expect him to perform.
Only time will tell.
photo courtesy of Malaysiakini