COMMENT BY YB PROF DR P.RAMASAMY, DEPUTY CHIEF MINISTER II, PENANG
Indian film actors have nothing to contribute for the betterment of Indians
It is beyond imagination that hundreds or thousands of Indians would gather over hours to greet Kamal Haasan, the Tamil movie superstar who arrived recently to launch his new movie in Malaysia.
I can understand that these highly paid actors come to Malaysia to release their new movies from a commercial reasons. They think that they have a huge uncritical following in Malaysia among the predominantly Tamil community.
They have made tons of money by acting in movies over the years. Given their unmatched popularity, they decided to translate this in the realm of politics. They thought politics would be just peanuts.
Unlike Kamal and Rajni, both Ramachandran and Jayalalitha rode on the cultural wave of the Dravidian ideology.
Unlike them, these actors sought to change the ideological base of Tamil Nadu politics grounded in a strong and unassailable anti-Brahmin ideology.
The political ideology of the depressed and exploited castes as opposed to the hegemony of Brahminism. Despite the nuances of their political ideology, the two actors were seen as introducing something alien to the dominant thrust of Tamil Nadu politics.
There is no question about their acting skills that have created and sustained a strong support base. Watching their movies are fine, but certainly not to the extent of hundreds and thousands waiting to see them at the airport or at the hotels. I don’t think these opportunist actors realise the difficult and unenviable position of Malaysian Indians.
The Indian share of the national economy has not even reached 1.5 percent of the national equity. This after more than 60 years of independence. Majority of the Indians are members of the working class mostly in urban areas. Some segments find it difficult to make ends meet much so after the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Neither are the meetings between Kamal with PKR president Anwar Ibrahim and MIC’s deputy president M. Saravanan are going to change the fate of Indians in the country. The MIC is neither dead nor alive.
However, its leaders will latch on to anything to give even a superficial meaning to the party’s existence. Every time these actors come and go, the Indian community gets robbed of their hard earned money. Money spent on watching the movies of these actors is financial drain on the community.