A TOXIC GOLD RUSH
It isn’t the first time nor will it be the last. The perpetrators of this vile, inhumane act of treachery, deceit and greed celebrate whilst their victims grieve. Referred to as the “Chinese Gold Scam” the perpetrators of this swindle are mainly as its name implies Chinese. Whether this revelation will prompt those in the Chinese community prepared to accept responsibility, to reject wholly and to speak out against this scam will depend on the courage of those few amongst them who are upright enough and possessed of a human conscience sufficient to compel them to stand up and to speak up.
The Chinese dominated DAP and other prominent Chinese opposition politicians like Theresa Kok have thus far chosen to remain mute on the subject of this Chinese Gold Scam. Focusing instead on the on-going saga of Lim Guan Eng and allegations of his son’s sexual misconduct, precipitating the more acute crisis and the more serious allegation that Guan Eng paid hush money to the alleged victim’s family in an effort to kill the scandal, they remain distracted from this scandal capable of bringing the economy down.
NOTHING BERSIH ABOUT THIS SCAM OR AMBIGA
As for Ambiga Sreenivasan that “Human Rights” champion, she has thus far has remained silent, aloof and distanced from this unfolding financial disaster and human tragedy. This of course being a matter that affects Tamils not of her caste. Ambiga is Brahmin and is an unabashed Brahmin poster girl. The gold scam is a matter too remote from her politics of “human rights”. The Tamils most of Malaysia’s underclass falling well under that threshold in her view to be human or to be useful enough to her in her political mission. They are not capable of bestowing on her the decorative honours she so covets for her ‘sacrifices’ on behalf of minorities but not the Tamils. The Tamils of Malaysia are not the French government nor are they Hillary Clinton nor are they as wealthy, exploitative or ready to pay lip service and yes real money to her in pursuit of her political goals.
USUAL SUSPECTS USUAL VICTIMS
Deepvali is upon us. It is the festival of light and one of the high holidays in the Hindu holy calendar. It is meant to usher in the spirit of light and bring joy to mankind. Instead for many Indian families in Peninsula Malaysia it will be a time for reflection on a tragedy so cruelly and deliberately visited upon them by the Chinese Gold Scam. A tragedy so many of them will never ever recover from.
An unofficial estimate reliably puts the losses from the Chinese Gold Scam over a 12 month period at over MYR100,000,000 (one hundred million Malaysian Ringgit). That’s bigger than the gross national product of a small island state in the Pacific Ocean. Others still put that figure at three times that amount. Either ways one looks at it, it is a national disaster to rival any other to have visited the Indian communities since private companies (many of these Chinese owned) in the 1980’s drove many of them out of rubber plantations into cities displacing many thousands of them without adequate compensation.
THE SYARIAH, KING AND QUEEN, THE PRIME MINSTER AND DR. MAHATHIR ALL INCORPORATED INTO A SCAM
The Chinese Gold Scam is mind boggling not only for its size but for also the unabated spread of its tentacles into remote communities now targeting Malays, conveniently leaving the Chinese out of its highly destructive path. That of itself begs a question of the Chinese led opposition. Why is it not an issue on their agendas? why is Guan Eng and Kit Siang silent? why is Theresa Kok silent, Why is Elizabeth Wong silent? where is Jeffrey Ooi the blogger of conscience? where in fact is Karpal Singh member for Chinese interests in Penang for life?
The Malays are now being enticed with a fake “Syariah compliant” tag to this Chinese Gold Scam. They are being lured into it, parting with their life savings, getting into debt by mortgaging their properties to invest with the false promise of above average returns.
Once more the DAP, Theresa Kok and other loud mouths of the opposition and “human rights activists” like Ambiga Sreenivasan remain mute, busy instead creating red herrings as the allegations of corruption in government for which they offer no proof, a distraction from their own failures to convince Malaysians that they are in fact a viable alternative to government or that they care for the marginalized Tamils and rural Malays the victims of this fraud.
THE TAMIL YOKE- A SICK CHINESE JOKE
The Tamils, the most marginalized of all communities in Malaysia have always been a choice victim of the Chinese and their criminal syndicates. In early times they were the target of job scams, labour rackets, then bootleg (moonshine) liquor and land scams, initiated and promoted by ruthless Chinese developers. It was they and not UMNO or the Barisan that bogey of the oppostion that booted helpless Tamils out of unprfitable rubber plantations in order to construct housing projects abandoning many of these later without completion, leaving home buyers out of pocket.
The Tamils, mainly labourers have been thrown onto the streets literally by these developer scammers, these developers having bribed weak and underpaid civil servants to acquiesce in their land grabbing for a few pieces of silver. Strangely enough the DAP and Pakatan have remained mute over these scams. They have had little to say especially since the last general elections when Tamil numbers meant something to them.
The plight of Tamils and rural Malays do not concern them now because apart from a few middle class Indians like the Ambiga’s of this world, the Tamils by and large are not “their problem”. Not at least till election day comes round again. More disturbing still are the reports that some of those behind the Chinese Gold Scams are said to be connected to the DAP and Pakatan and their leadership. At least one is an MCA operative.
The Tamils are a relative minority in numbers. They are a minority on the economic ladder. They are a minority when it comes to political representation except for the recent upheavals in Malaysian politics when the Brahmins, kicked out of the MIC, and what remained of the professional classes like Ambiga Sreenivasan went looking for and found refuge with Chinese and European backed interests.
The victims of the Chinese Gold Scam are many. Almost exclusively they are Indian and rural Malay. These too are those hardworking underprivileged who have managed to rise above that level of abject poverty reserved for them by, first the British, then created and advanced by the Chinese merchant classes who, took over the role of economic lord and master from Britain in the peninsula.
THE OPPOSITION COMPLICIT BY ITS SILENCE?
The past year has seen the growth of an ugly phenomenon of inhumane and cowardly proportions. It is unprecedented in its audacity for its deliberate planning and the effort put into tricking hopefuls from the Indian community first into planning for retirement and Deepavali with the usual clichéd political lines:
“the Barisan is UMNO. It is only for the Malays and UMNO Puteras. You will always be left out. Here is your chance to be rich and to be able to live independently in retirement and pay for your children’s education abroad”.
This is very much an opposition mantra which leads to suspicion about the their involvement in the scam through their silence. At the least it is not unreasonable to blame the opposition for their silence when after all the political slogans used by these Chinese Scammers (with Indian and Malay foot soldiers for balance and effect) have come from their mouths. But for many it is nothing more than the resurgence of an old trick by the same old perpetrator communities upon the same old victim communities in an age old ritual repeating itself.
SAME DOG NEW TRICKS
All of the perpetrators to date caught by police and charged in the recent Gold Scam targeting firstly poor Indians robbing them of their life savings are Chinese. The scam is necessarily Chinese in character and Chinese in its membership at the operational and managerial level. There are two Genneva companies. One a Sdn Bhd the other not. The one in trouble being prosecuted is the Genneva Sdn Bhd. The other having adopted that name but without the Sdn Bhd is opportunistic in that it has picked off the remaining victims of the first for a second bite at the cherry.
The sentient minds behind the Gold scams as with most major scams against the Indians in particular are Chinese syndicates. There need be no apology for making mention of the race of the perpetrators because that’s who they are. The Chinese pay little heed to the consequences of such acts as long as it does not victimise them. There is evidence that at least 4 of the minds behind these scams have links to the DAP and at least one of the masterminds is linked to an MCA member (though not a parliamentarian).
AMBIGA SREENIVASAN HUMAN RIGHTS AND TAMILS
Jet setting the world over at the expense of the Pakatan Rakyat’s and NGO purses is Ambiga Sreenivasan a lawyer who claims to be the champion of human rights in Malaysia. Ambiga has had ample opportunity to prove her mettle as a champion of human rights or to plead her case outside of her hollow rhetoric. She has failed at every given opportunity to establish her case, her credentials as a human rights campaigner and her causes (whatever these may be) thus far.
A Tamil herself Ambiga has distanced herself from the poorer Tamils and has done everything in her capacity at every given opportunity to frustrate or thwart their aspirations whether that be in selling out Hindraf to the Badawi government or keeping silent on the Chinese Gold Scam. Ambiga has been actively and relentlessly pursuing agenda’s carefully selected to bring a western focus on her western financed activities in pursuit of her own private personal political ambitions. She is also unashamedly Chinese in her outlook on Malaysian politics and has never ever championed the causes of her own community unless they are the Brahmins or middle classes of the Indians.
Ambiga could well have been the answer to Samy Velu if she was not so conceited, deceitful, selfish and self centred. Ashamed apparently of being a Tamil she has pursued all of the middle class western oriented causes which the vast majority of Malaysians especially in rural Malaysia have neither interest nor any idea of. Ambiga is no Tamil when it comes to human rights. Her perfidious character is now legend.
Ambiga has made significant ‘off the cuff’ remarks about Anwar Ibrahim’s fate if the coalition of opposition parties is to win government. She has effectively sealed Anwar’s fate and sidelined him with her silence at the reception of the Legion of Honour award from the French government raising concerns amongst Malaysia’s opposition groups and her own inner circle about who Ambiga really represents.
BUDGETS AND SWINGS
Coming close on the heels of the misery of the Chinese Gold Scam and its aftermath for many, Najib Razak the prime minister, a wily old fox has been on the hustings having received highly favourable feedback to his ‘people’s budget’ recently. He is reported to have shown great sympathy for the Tamils (and rural Malays) without having to pork barrel either of the two communities or marginalize the Chinese.
Amongst the more appealing aspects of the budget is the allocation of funding to rehabilitate another great scam, that of the abandoned affordable housing projects. It remains to be seen what further steps will be taken by government to route out those behind the abandoned housing project scams costing many hundreds of millions of dollars and unexplained unresolved bankruptcies in its wake.
THE SCAMS, NGO IRRELEVANCE A BONANZA FOR GOVERNMENT?
A straw poll at little India and research by Dr. Dwikarla of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad show a massive swing away from the two opposition parties, viz the DAP, Pakatan and the independents by Indians. The figures show a swing in attitudes away from the DAP opposition and from PKR in Selangor state and an overall swing of nearly 5% amongst Tamils in most states. The swing is especially prominent in opposition held states.
Although not said in so many words, it appears that the concentration of opposition energies in non specific ‘flash mob’ activities such as Bersih and the mushrooming of ‘NGO’ self interest groups have helped create vacuum which Najib patiently and reluctantly has exploited and filled with little or no effort.
Groups like Lawyers for Democracy, Sisters in Islam, Bersih and the irrelevance of Irene Fernandez’s and the Catholic church’s fight for everyone else except for the real marginalized groups like the rural Malays and the Tamils have perhaps come full circle. They have all without exception played to a field of the converted, to foreigners and to those interests that do not put bread on the table or a roof on the heads of those who matter. In so doing they have by default delivered the Tamil vote back to Barisan.
It is yet to be seen what impact the Chinese Gold Scam now will have on the DAP and PKR whose main agenda now is trying to contain the fall out from the reported misbehavior of Guan Eng’s son and the alleged hush money he paid to the victim to keep the matter quiet. The other distraction for the opposition being Anwar’s sodomy trial. The Tamils themselves now feel sodomised by the opposition.
Interesting times we live in.