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Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen, My name is Subramaniam Masilamany, I am a Tamil.
Today my topic is.


Since the end of the brutal and barbaric genocide in 2009, thousands of families are trying to rebuild their life. To this end we the Diaspora is constantly receiving request for funds. We have no problem giving funds but what are these funds going to be used for? What we fear is that if we keep on giving money without responsibility and accountability, we are in fact not helping them to wriggle out of the situation. Our position is that the money must be invested BUT not wasted in consumption. We understand their plight, but what we are saying is let us help them to work out of it. We want every one who receives funds must at some stage repay this money. If we insist that they repay this money then we are introducing a sense of responsibility. Let me tell you some thing, in that part of the world, Americans are considered as imperialist. I deny it, why? It was put into their head. But in fact we the new comers find out that it is not so, contrary to this myth, we are hard working people, who want to share our wealth with them, but first we have to help them to create their wealth and then we exchange what they have with what we have. When they have something to sell to us, swe sell them what we have. This will benefit all.

Let me explain something and then I will make my offer. In the year 1977, I left Sri Lanka, landed in Paris, France. For three days I slept on the streets. No food, no language, no money. On the third day an elderly lady asked me if I would come and work for her. I did not ask her what job it is, how much money it will pay. I wanted something to eat and sleep. On the first day she paid me 20 Francs and of course food. One week later she got me job as a house servant in a rich family.

I worked 16 hours a day as a house boy cleaning, cooking, baby sitting, dog walking etc. For two years I did that. Then I came to Canada. Started, little bit better than a house boy, as a security guard. Then I was hired in a small factory to clean and fill chemicals. I worked so hard, Dr. McSorley, my boss, told me that I lied to him at the interview,and he further said you must be much more qualified than what you told me. I told him sir. I needed job, any job, so I lied. He said, oh no no, that is okay, but can you be my lead hand? I said, sure why not. Then 6 months later the foreman left, I became the foreman, then one year later, the chemist left I became the chemist, then Dr McSorley left, the other partner asked if I could run the manufacturing department. I did well. Then the Old man wanted to retire so he asked me to buy the business. I did not have the money so he sold it some one else. That some one else didn't like me, so I quit and started my own business. That was 30 years ago.

Read this part carefully, I borrowed money from the bank to buy a home, buy a car, and start a business. I paid them all. Think what would have happened if the bank just gave the money tas welfare or gift or aid or hand out to me. I would not have developed any respect for money, other people, most important to myself. Today my people may be struggling; I understand that I am willing to help. But look at the Palestinians, a welfare nation. How did that happen? Easy money.

Please do a great favour to us, whatever money you give must be a loan, may be forgivable if unforeseen disaster strikes. Okay to give it today, but it must be repaid. If you don't do that they will keep asking, we will keep giving.

I drive a 1993 Honda accord, which my mechanic says he does not want to repair any more. I have a cell phone 15 years old, I wear clothes discarded by my children, and I sleep on a mat, food we just serve what we need no left overs, I make sure I check the garbage bin to make sure no food is wasted. In the morning to beat the traffic I have to leave home before 5.59am. Then I come, work like hell, when I am writing this email the time is 6.32 pm. How many hours have gone? 12 hours, work is not finished, I won't go home till 9.00pm that is almost 16 hours. Double shift.

Don't I have a family? Yes I do, but I don't have family life because I have to make enough money to pay the bills. Now who needs help here? I am 66 years old, but I still put in 16 hours per day, 7 days per week, 3651/4 days per year.

I suggest the people who wants money a great idea, come and work with me, I will pay you $100 per day, in a week $700. In one year 36500 dollars. When you work so hard for your money, every penny is a drop of sweat. Then see if you will throw away money in the black hole. 36500 dollars is 3650000 rupees give or take a few thousand.

I am not against helping my people; giving free money is no help, it is just the opposite, they will never come out of this black hole. You may call me a new American imperialist but if you see the number of hours we put in we are the people who give people hope, faith, fortitude, encouragement, self esteem and self respect. We are indeed an inspiration to those who yearn to come up in life.

I have every means to live in a mansion, buy a Benz, dress like a Casanova, and throw away parties, but if you come to my home every thing is measured, we don't open the water tap wide, we don't boil water more than what is needed. We buy where things are cheap; we use coupons, pick pennies from parking lots. Then why would I and other like me throw money into black Hole.

I have never been to Sri Lanka; I will never go into a country that made me a refugee. No man with self respect, self esteem step into a country that treated him like garbage. Again I reiterate, I have $5000 dollars ready for you but you must guarantee that money will be repaid into a fund that can be lent to another needy family, but not to me. I told this to TNA and I have not heard from them. They are our legally elected representatives. If they charge their lunch expense to my sweat and blood account then there is something fundamentally wrong.
Therefore folks, find some one who can manage money, I will get millionaires and billionaire to come to the rescue of our people, your people my people. Things may be bad, but this is the only way to make it better. My convictions and my conscience tell me that I must genuinely help my people to come out of this dungeon they are locked into.
Besides what we also concerned about is the Cultural genocide that is taking place. 3500 years ago the invading Nordic introduced the caste system to divide and fragment a once vibrant and formidable Dravidian community. Soon after independence in 1947 there was a well planned cultural genocide used in south India to convert the people into mindless subjects. The remnants of the invaders, then set out to destroy Sri Lanka, both the Singhalese and Tamils. Now what is going on is the degradation of the Tamils in Sri Lanka, Singhalese have been done with. The Communal hatred between Tamils and Singhalese in Sri Lanka were hatched by these invaders. I do not blame the Singhalese for aligning with the China and Pakistan. The immediate task of the Tamils is to harness the powers of the world to stop this cultural genocide. All Tamils must unite and raise their voice in unison.

It is long struggle, but it has to be done, in the mean time all Tamils must work hard, stay together and never ever give up.

I am, Subramaniam Masilamany, a world class Tamil powered by convictions, commitments and conscience.