Malaysian Indians (Bahasa Malaysia: Kaum India Malaysia; Tamil: மலேசிய இந்தியர்கள்;Telugu:మలేషియన్ భారతీయులు; Malayalam: മലേഷ്യ ഇന്ത്യൻ; Hindi: मलेशियन भारतीय) are Malaysians of Indian origin. Many are descendants from those who migrated from India during the British colonization of Malaya. Prior to this, Indians have been present in the Malayan archipelago at least since the period of the influential Indian Chola dynasty of the 11th century. Today, they form the third largest ethnic group in Malaysia after the Chinese and the Malays.
Malaysia is the home of one of the largest Overseas Indians, constitute 8% of the Malaysian population. Malaysian Indians make up a disproportionately large percentage of the Malaysian professional workforce, particularly in the field of medicine.
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The BN believes that the Indian vote is there for the taking. This was true in the past, particularly, pre-2008. However, the present is a different story. The Indian electorate has wised up.
Despite the claims by MIC, IPF and the PPP that the Indian vote is showing strong signs of returning to the BN fold, it is increasingly clear that the community is weary and feels let down by these parties.
Take, for example, the recent outburst by Vel Paari, MIC director of strategy and son of former party president S Samy Vellu, that the MIC is just too intimidated by Umno to speak up for the community.
This is a more accurate description of the pathetic state of the BN parties claiming to represent Malaysian Indians.
Najib must be told that Malaysian Indians will not support BN based on sweet promises and pledges.
They must see real and meaningful changes that can undo the wrongs of the past and bring genuine prosperity, opportunities and quality into their lives.
M MANOHARAN is the Kota Alam Shah DAP assemblyperson.
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Dividing the divided
Priscilla Prasena | February 26, 2013
A forum organised to foster closer relations between Tamils in Malaysia, further divides the already fragmented Malaysian Indian community.
PETALING JAYA: Last Saturday, the Tamilar Action Force (TAF), made up of mostly Indian opposition state assemblymen and members of parliament held a forum entitled “Our Community, Our Strength: The future of Tamilargal (Tamils) in Malaysia?”
MARCHING TO A DIFFERENT DRUM!
S Seeman, an opposition leader in Tamil Nadu from the Naam Tamilar party, stole the show with his “shallow” reasoning that Malaysian Indians should first identify themselves as Tamils before saying that they were of Indian origin living in Malaysia.
Just a day before the event, Seeman held a press conference where he said his visit to Malaysia was to unite the fragmented Malaysian Tamils and instil the spirit of “Tamil-centric” among the Tamils here.
He was totally against the Malaysian government’s initiative to unite the Malaysian Indian community.
“Tamilians in Malaysia should be proud to recognise themselves as Tamils and not Indians,” said Seeman at the forum.
(Malaysian Tamils make up at least 75% of the total 1.8 million Indians in this country. The remainder 25% are Telegus, Malayalees, Sikhs and other ethnic Indian communities.)
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MIC should butt out of PPP-Nanban issue
FMT LETTER: From A Chandrakumanan, via e-mail
The PPP president had gone to Malaysian Nanban after being invited to its office to view evidence on what was written on Feb 20, by a writer called Aniyanan. He was made to wait for four hours before they apologised for not being able to provide the requested evidence.
The issue is now being politicised for individual gains by parties who are not involved but who harbour political motives. It is perplexing to see why MIC is so interested to champion this issue.
Everyone who is trying to champion this issue must understand one thing that this is an issue involving PPP and Nanban, so to our fellow components, please refrain from making any further statements which is none of your concern and which is actually dragging BN into this matter.
The writer is PPP Wilayah Persekutuan chief
PPP Wanita On Malaysia Nanban’s Article
Kayveas And Gang Ambush Tamil Daily
Nanban reporter claim ‘punched, kicked and threatened’
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Kayveas: I was invited Nanban office
PPP president M Kayveas claims that he was challenged to come to the Malaysia Nanban office by the vernacular daily’s director.
KUALA LUMPUR: The People’s Progressive Party president M Kayveas today denied that he and his party members “ambushed” the office of Malaysia Nanban, a Tamil vernacular daily, in Jalan Ipoh yesterday afternoon.
“We did not ambush the office of the newspaper. In fact we were invited to come to the office by Malaysia Nanban director Shafee (Zaman Sikandar Batcha) because he wanted to show prove that what was written in one of their articles was indeed true,” the PPP president told FMT today.
PPP members had gathered at the Malaysian Nanban office in Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur to accompany their leader M Kayveas, who met the daily’s officials.
Malaysian Nanban officials said that the group was abusive and aggressive towards the daily’s staff.
Some 60 disgruntled People Progressive Party (PPP) members today “occupied” the headquarters of Tamily daily Malaysian Nanban to demand an apology over an article which allegedly defamed the party.
The five hour-long ‘siege’ which began at 2.30pm, saw the daily’s reporter LK Raj – not the author of the allegedly defamatory article – assaulted, allegedly at the hands of several PPP members.
He claimed that he received five punches, injuring his head, his abdomen and right leg. He claimed that one assailant also made a death threat against him.
“The person threatened me, ‘If you make police report, you will go missing’,” he said when approached by reporters today.
He said that he feared for his life now that his identity will be made known through the press.
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BN leader and gang ambush Tamil daily
It is said that the politician is upset over an article which claims that the ruling coalition has failed the Indians.
KUALA LUMPUR: Enraged over a news article, a Barisan Nasional leader with a busload of people ambushed the Malaysia Nanban office in Jalan Ipoh here this afternoon.
The mob is said to be looking for the writer of the article, who had called on Indians to demand for their rights since the ruling coalition had failed them.
The writer, who used a pseudonym, urged the Indian community to press both BN and Pakatan Rakyat to fulfill their demands on several issues such as education and eradicating crime ahead of the general election.
Six police patrol cars had been deployed to the scene to contain the situation.
It is learnt that the entourage hurled obscenities at the Tamil newspaper’s staff and accused the editorial team of repeatedly painting the particular BN leader in a bad light.
It is also learnt that the BN leader’s group has also manhandled several Malaysia Nanban journalists.
A Tamil Secondary school? Why not?
Just make sure that deserving students come from all over the country, make English compulsory, and provide them with the necessary funds. The fact that the Tamil-speaking seem to have little political clout should not blind us to the fact that their contribution to the nation will not be insignificant.
Strong ground movement among the Tamil community – P.Ramasamy
THERE has to be a strong ground movement among the Tamil community in order to create a push for the country’s first Tamil secondary school, said Deputy Chief Minister (II) P. Ramasamy.
He said the ground movement, which can comprise community leaders, parents, teachers, and non-governmental organisations, should be consistent, passionate and must take root unlike previous attempts that fizzled out eventually.
“There is a need to upgrade the Tamil language in this country but there have been no strong or consistent attempts apart from occasional talks. I think it is an idea that must be pushed through in order to make it a reality.
“We don’t see why there can’t be Tamil private independent secondary schools similar to Chinese schools, international schools or even language schools.
“I think that people have a right to ask for a Tamil secondary school and it is something that I am very interested in doing. At seminars, some Tamil teachers tell me that there ought to be a secondary school in Penang.
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‘They keep insulting Indians’
Ponggal rice is ‘bountiful” and different from raw rice. PM Najib gave away handouts of raw rice as if “we are beggars” and Indian political parties to blame.
Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak insulted the Indians in Klang.
G Kathirvelu, an Indian I encountered in the Jalan Mohet, in the vicinity of where Najib was attending a Ponggal event on Jan 12 said: “This is an insult to the Indian community, he (Najib) came to give us a handout of rice, that is what we in the community do to beggars.
“And if this was paid for by the shopkeepers and the MIC (then) there is a lot to answer for, we are no beggars.
“Ponggal rice and raw rice are two different things, the Indians gave him Ponggal rice not raw rice.”
Kathirvelu, who is from Sungei Pelek, told me this was the common way Barisan treated Indians.
He was so annoyed that he continued: “These people ( the Indians) who took the rice had no pride in themselves. They have the beggar mentality, they have not changed from my father’s time.
“Najib came to insult the Indians. The Indian political parties are responsible the ones who promote this beggar culture, undermining the integrity of the Indians.
“They are advising an “vengayam” (onion) like Najib to treat us as beggars and telling Umno that this is when we will respond, this has to stop.”
Toffee Rozario is a businessman who spends his free time writing to create awareness. He blogs at Toffee’sTurn.
Najib, Muhyiddin sued RM50b for discrimination against Tamil schools
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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin may soon be compelled to answer in court allegations they had discriminated against Tamil schools after the Court of Appeal today allowed a DAP lawmaker’s challenge.
Kota Alam Shah assemblyman, M. Manoharan and Indian politician P. Uthayakumar, were found by a three-man bench to have locus standi, Latin for the right to bring legal action, against Najib (picture), Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, and the federal government for what they said was a clear breach of constitutional rights on equality and access to education.
“The Court of Appeal allowed our appeal and said we have the locus standi… the case will go to trial,” Manoharan told The Malaysian Insider when contacted.
The High Court had last June struck out the civil suit, ruling that neither Manoharan nor Uthayakumar had a direct personal interest in the matter.
But the appeals court panel, chaired by Datuk Mohd Hishamuddin Mohd Yunus, said the duo could do so as their claims were premised on Articles 4, 8 and 12 of the Federal Constitution, which is public law and not private law.
Article 4 holds that the constitution is the supreme law while Article 8 guarantees equality in the law. Article 12, which Manoharan said was key to their suit, lays out the non-discriminatory rules with regards to access to education and its public funding.
“We want the PM to come and answer our claims.
“When the Constitution says education is equal, why is there a difference [in treatment] between Tamil schools and national schools?” Manoharan raised.
He said the High Court has set January 29 for case management of his suit.
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A feast for Tamil rock fans
The proper show started with a bang with a superb performance by Dhesam 7 Rock!, a group of youngsters from Seremban.
It was billed as the first Tamil Rock Gig that will rock away and it did turn out to be one. The MyTamilChannel-organised Tamil rock show at SS2 Mall in Petaling Jaya on Nov 4 was an explosive show with performances from local acts.
People/Bands that performed:
Sivam: drum solo;
Dhesam 7 Rock!, a group of youngsters from Seremban, performed their own compositions;
Intermezzo, also from Seremban, performed their own compositions;
Suruthi Sutra: their ‘Paakeera Parvai’ was inspired by a famous 80s Tamil movie song ‘Aasaiya Kaathula Thoothu Vittu’ from the Tamil movie ‘Johny’. Suruthi Sutra completely changed the lyrics and gave a fresh coat of rock music element while maintaining the basic melody;
‘Headbang’ made the crowd do just that – head banging.
Rajhula: he crowd favourite for the night, with its vocalist Jibrail enjoying a strong crowd support;
RPGIO: The crowd went wild when RPGIO performed a 90s hit song ‘Vettalai Potta’ from the movie ‘Amaran’ and asked for an ecore.
Based on the performances by the local Indian rock bands and the support they received from the energetic crowd, one can safely say that there is future for Tamil rock music in this country.
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A kick start for Tamil Rock
Organisers hope to popularise the genre in Malaysia through this weekend’s gig.
KUALA LUMPUR: Several bands that play Tamil Rock are getting together this Sunday to stage what is believed to be the first concert of its kind in Malaysia.
The show, billed as Tamil Rock Gig 2012, is organised by the entertainment website MyTamilChannel and will be staged at the lower ground floor of SSTwo Mall on Jalan SS2/72, Petaling Jaya. The music begins at 6pm.
The featured bands are Suruthi Sutra, Rajhula, RPGIO, Intermezzo and Dhesam 7 Rock. The guest act is Sivam the Drummer and the host of the show is Magen aka Vikadakavi of Astro fame.
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Niat makes five demands for the Indian community
Among its core demands are for the winning party in the next general election to appoint an Indian deputy prime minister and set up the Department of Minority Affairs.
PETALING JAYA: The National Indian Rights Action Team (Niat) announced that it would throw its support to any political party that promises to fulfil its five demands for the Indian community.
Niat chairman Thasleem Mohd Ibrahim said the demands, which was made at a forum on Tuesday, must be undertaken within 120 days of the general election.
1 The political parties must list NIAT’s demands in their election manifesto. Plus, the Indian leaders in the political camp must promise to resign en bloc should they fail to implement them,
2 Appoint three deputy prime ministers, with one post reserved for the Indian community
3 Reserve three ministerial positions and five deputy ministers’ jobs for the Indian community.
4 Undertake the formation of the Department of Minority Affairs which would be tasked to enforce programmes to uplift the socio-economic well-being of the minorities.
5 Resolve the issue of stateless Indians once and for all.
These demands received support from about 100 NGOs including the Malaysian Indian Business Association (MIBA), Malaysian Indian Youth Council and the Malaysian Indian Education Transformation Association (Mieta).
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Time for Indians to seek change
After 55 years of BN rule, do the Indian community want more of the same?
With December still being touted as a possible month for holding the 13th general election, ground reports are filtering in pertaining to voter support.
The Chinese have made up their mind to vote for Pakatan Rakyat while PAS is gaining ground among the Malays. The urban folks in Sabah and Sarawak will support the opposition and now all that is left is the Indian vote.
Some reports have put the Indian vote as 50:50 while other reports have put it as 54% in favour of Barisan Nasional. Whatever it is, it is still not solid.
It seems that the Indians are still in two minds whether or not to give their vote to Pakatan.
“The Indians must realise that MIC is already irrelevant. Otherwise, why is [Prime Minister] Najib [Tun Razak] instructing Nazri to talk to Hindraf in regard to obtaining Indian support? MIC must preserve its dignity by leaving BN,” said M Manogaran, DAP’s Teluk Intan MP.
Manogaran said that it is surely a great blow to MIC when Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Abdul Aziz has been given the task to negotiate with Hindraf instead of MIC leaders.
“BN must be really desperate enough to woo Hindraf now,” added Manogaran.
It must be said, however, that Indians gained more recognition from Pakatan than from BN.
It is time that the Indians realised that although MIC had helped them a lot, that was a long time ago. The time has come for the Indians to make a choice for something better and those who are among the hardcore poor should come to the realisation that piecemeal assistance will not lead them out of poverty.
It is time for Indians to see the real facts and figures.
After 55 years, many Indians are still marginalised although there are Indians who have made good in the law and medical professions. Do Indians want to wait another 55 years?
Selena Tay is a FMT columnist.
VOTE FOR BN AND GET A TAMIL SCHOOL!
If you were Indian, would you take up the offer?
Penang BN promises Tamil school for polls win
BUTTERWORTH, Nov 11 — The government will build a national-type Tamil school (SJKT) in Bagan Dalam, here, if Barisan Nasional (BN) wins Penang in the upcoming 13th general election.
State BN chairman Teng Chang Yeow said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had agreed to this at a meeting with the state BN committee last month.
“Pupils staying in Bagan Dalam will not have to travel to Mak Mandin, five kilometres away if a SJKT is built in the area,” he said after handing out Deepavali contributions to 500 poor individuals, single mothers and orphans, here, today.
He said Penang MIC had submitted an application to build a SJKT in Bagan Dalam and the state BN backed the request, before it was forwarded to the prime minister.
“At the meeting last month, Datuk Seri Najib was prepared to consider the building of a SRJT in Bagan Dalam in the interest of 4,200 Indian families,” he added. — Bernama
The Indian contribution — Ranjit Singh Malhi
NOV 10 — I refer to Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz’s recent invitation to Indian groups to meet with the Government and discuss the grievances of the Malaysian Indian Community.
Let’s face the stark reality and look for permanent and holistic solutions to the problems plaguing the Indian Community. The Indian Community which forms about 7 per cent of our nation’s population does rightfully feel alienated and frustrated.
Indeed, one can argue that the Indian Community over the last few decades has become in N. J. Colleta’s words, “Malaysia’s forgotten people.” I would add that the community’s position has been reduced to that of a “footnote” in our school history textbooks which scantly acknowledge their contribution towards the economic development of our nation.
The problem of the marginalised Indian community, particularly of the more than 300,000 displaced plantation workers must be viewed as a grave national problem which must be tackled immediately with a sense of urgency and sincerity.
The Indian community is plagued by a number of problems besides poverty, low self-esteem and having the lowest share of the nation’s corporate wealth. It has the highest number of gangsters, prisoners, drug addicts, alcoholics, suicide rate and single mothers in proportion to population. Indians commit about 50 per cent of our nation’s serious crimes and record the highest percentage of deaths whilst under police custody. Indians also have the lowest life expectancy rate among the major races.
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PKR vice-president N Surendran, “The number of stateless Indians in this country is about 300,000. We state very clearly the government is lying to us when they say the number is 10,000 to 20,000.”
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Pakatan to protest over stateless Indians
Thousands are expected to camp outside the National Registration Department in Putrajaya until the government resolves the issue of stateless Indians.
KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Rakyat will stage a protest outside the National Registration Department (NRD) in Putrajaya on Dec 5 over the unresolved issue of stateless Indians in the country.
“We are going to come with tents, food and provisions and will not move from the area until the government resolves the problem of Malaysian Indians being denied identification documents,” said PKR vice-president N Surendran.
“We expect thousands to turn up, including victims, activists, civil societies, and members of Pakatan Rakyat. Although we cannot say the exact figure, we are already starting the mobilisation.”
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British expert mulls study on displaced Indians
An expert in conflict and security wants to research the issues of displaced Indians in Malaysia.
PETALING JAYA: A foreign scholar is considering conducting a study on the displacement of the Indian community in Malaysia.
“This visit is a start of a project. It is a question of meeting people and speaking to them. I have just arrived here for 20 hours and I will definitely come again if invited,” said Chris Smith.
Smith, who is a scholar specialising in the field of conflict and security from University of London, had visited the Bukit Jalil estate.
This morning, he attended a presentation by a local social activist on the the plight of the ex- Bukit Jalil estate workers.
“I am concerned that the state is ignoring the basic and material support for the people in favour of development.
“Based on the presentation, there is a lack of information on what is going on in Bukit Jalil. There is a need for more transparency,” said Smith.
Smith was invited by Hindraf to study the 800,000 displaced Indian estate workers over a five-day period.
The police cannot do much about Indian gangsterism because they are dealing with the end-stage of our societal disease caused by greedy and uncaring politicians from the Barisan Nasional.
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Indian Gangsters or just lost souls?
FMT LETTER: From Choo Sing Chye, via e-mail
The other day, at a dinner, I met a former PPP supporter who upon recognising me, came over to my table for a chat. But before saying anything, he quickly declared that he had switched parties, from PPP to a full fledged MIC member.
I asked him, “what’s the difference?” He did not answer, but switched subject to talk about the good old days. Then suddenly at one point he asked me whether I had admitted any Indian gangsters during my watch as Perak DAP organising secretary.
“No!” I replied. “Hey, don’t “ali-udaran” (bluff) me lah, just admit it bro,” he reacted.
I looked at him and responded, “I’ve never come across any Indian who had filled the little dotted line under “occupation” with the word, “Gangster”, when joining DAP.”
“So, to you when you see an Indian beating another, you call him a gangster and when a rich man or top politician’s son bashing another, you just say, boys will be boys, right?” I retorted. “Is this the way MIC solves the Indian problem?”
5 Dzulhijjah 1433 H | 21 October 2012
|Harakahdaily,||18 October 2012|
Oct 18: Crimes involving Indian youth have worsened in the past few years and are out of proportion with the percentage of citizens of Indian origin in the country’s population, warned DAP’s Ipoh Timur member of parliament Lim Kit Siang.
VICIOUS CYCLE … Discriminated and ignored, many youth from the Indian poor grow up to get involved in criminal activities
As such, the veteran opposition leader said it was time to stop treating the problem as an “Indian problem”, instead to acknowledge it as a national problem which required a holistic approach involving socio-economic and educational dimensions.
Speaking at a parliamentary rountable today on the issue of ‘Indian youth gangsterism’, Lim called for the setting up of high-powered Commission of Inquiry to study and seek solutions to the problem.
“I would propose that the government set up a high-powered Commission of Inquiry, involving all sectors of Malaysian society, to highlight the causes and solutions to the problem as the first step to break the back of this worsening problem of Indian youth gangsterism in our country,” said Lim.
The former parliamentary Opposition Leader recalled that as far back as 1992, he had urged the government “to hear the cry of despair and hopelessness of the Malaysian Indians so as to address the fundamental problems confronting nation-building in Malaysia”.
“I had spoken of the growing sense of deprivation of the Malaysian Indians, who felt that the government had not been able to do much to improve the plight of the Malaysian Indian estate workers in particular and the Malaysian Indians in general,” he said.
He said the problem faced by displaced estate workers upon their migration to the cities were confounded by low-productivity jobs, poverty, marginalisation in terms of socio-economy and education as well as discrimination.
A police briefing on crime at a primary Tamil school in Semenyih, Selangor yesterday turned into a lesson in the purported evils of Suaram, Bersih and Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM).
Police turn a briefing at a Tamil primary school into the brainwashing of Indian children against the Chinese, Bersish, Suaram and PSM…
Police told school kids Bersih, Suaram and PSM are evil’
A police briefing on crime at a primary Tamil school in Semenyih, Selangor yesterday turned into a lesson in the purported evils of Suaram, Bersih and Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM), alleged PSM secretary general S Arutchelvan.
According to Arutchelvan’s police report lodged yesterday, the briefing for about 70 parents and their children – mostly 12 years old and below – was organised by the local Hindu Sangam branch and SJK (T) Ladang Semenyih Parents-Teachers Association.
“Parents who attended (the event) informed us there was a slide presentation by two police officers – part of it was about crime but there were also information against Suaram, Bersih and PSM,” he said when contacted by Malaysiakini.
Among others, Arutchelvan alleged that the police told the attendees that PSM is linked to the outlawed Communist Party of Malaya, that PSM’s aim is to revive the communist ideology and that the party is under police watch.
The police also said that coalition for clean and fair elections Bersih 2.0 is a “useless activity which caused a lot of strife for the rakyat”.
Rajan added that several parents who related the incident to PSM also claimed that the presentation contained slides on the May 13 racial riots, where the police allegedly pinned the blame on DAP.
“They said May 13 was about DAP versus Umno, and that it was caused by the DAP so they (the Chinese) would go against the Malays,” he said.
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LGE accused of ignoring gangsterism in DAP
Alleged victims say they were beaten up in the party chief’s presence.
PETALING JAYA: Two men who claim they were physically assaulted in the presence of DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng have accused him of being indifferent to the issue of gangsterism in the party.
A Thirumalvalavan (photo, left) and R Selvan (in white shirt), who are both branch-level officials in DAP, have lodged a police report about the attack, but they told reporters today that they were disappointed by Lim’s silence over it.
The incident allegedly happened last Monday during a meeting organised by Selangor DAP in Pekan Salak, Sepang. The two, together with Pantai Putra Sepang branch secretary Rashid Md Gani (photo, middle), were about to submit a memorandum to Lim when they were attacked, they said. Ironically, one of the points of the memorandum was gangsterism in the party.
“Lim and (Selangor DAP chief) Teresa Kok were present when Thirumalvalavan and Selvan were dragged and bashed up by gangsters,” Rashid told this morning’s press conference. “Why didn’t he stop the violence?
“We are also very disappointed with Kok’s leadership. She has also kept silent.”
The Monday meeting was a regular Selangor DAP parliamentary liaison session, but a discussion of election strategies was also on the agenda.
“After delivering his speech, Lim had to leave the hall to attend a funeral,” Rashid said. “We wanted to have dialogue session and hand over a memorandum to him.”
Human Resource Minister S Subramaniam
Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin
MIC Youth chief T Mohan
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Politicians and gangsters
An anonymous letter implicates a minister, Umno and MIC Youth chiefs of having links with gangsters.
KUALA LUMPUR: A PKR-linked NGO has lodged a police report today over an anonymous letter claiming that three prominent Barisan Nasional politicians have links to an Indian gang.
The People Welfare and Rights Organisation (Power) wanted the police to verify whether the unsigned letter, purportedly from a member of Selayang Baru Umno, was genuine, and for the police to probe into the politicians’ alleged links with the Indian gang “36”.
“The letter, which was left in my office yesterday in Sentul, mentions the name Human Resource Minister S Subramaniam, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin and MIC Youth chief T Mohan,” Power president S Gobi Krishnan (photo) told reporters after lodging the report at the Travers police station here.
“It is addressed to the prime minister and says that on Dec 3, 2011, MIC held an event which was attended by [the three politicians] as well as 7,000 youths who represent an Indian gang,” he said.
According to the letter, which is dated April 20, 2012, Subramaniam, Khairy and Mohan were also given gifts bearing the gang’s logo at the event last year.
The anonymous writer wrote: “That event gave a bad impression, especially the Indian community towards BN party. The event also clearly shows an attempt by Gang 36 to fortify its positions through politics.”
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Parliament should address ‘Indian gangsterism’
In an effort to tackle the menace, a PKR-linked NGO suggests that the government form a new department under the home ministry.
PETALING JAYA: A PKR-linked NGO wants gangsterism among Indian youth to be discussed in parliament, saying that federal intervention was vital before the problem starts to threaten national security.
People’s Welfare and Rights Organisation (Power) wants the Dewan Rakyat to discuss the issue and is also planning to organise a forum involving both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat MPs to push for “zero gangsterism”.
Power president S Gobi Krishnan said: “M Kulasegaran from DAP promised to help organise the forum so that Nazri Aziz, the Minister in the PM’s Department, can hold discussions with about 50 to 100 MPs. This is serious matter, and should not be a partisan issue.”
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Parliament should address ‘Indian gangsterism’
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More Indians in the civil service
Indians accounted for a little more than 5% of all appointees in the first eight months of 2012.
KUALA LUMPUR: The first eight months of 2012 saw a higher percentage of Indians appointed to the civil service, statistics from the Prime Minister’s Department indicated.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Koh Tsu Koon said that 1,173 Indians entered the civil service, accounting for 5.6% of the total appointments (20,796).
He added that this was 0.3% higher than the same period in 2011, which saw 1,191 Indians out of 22,556 Malaysians entering public service.
Koh said this in a written reply to DAP-Batu Kawan MP P Ramasamy at Parliament.
He, however, did not supply the current total of Indians working in the civil service.
Citing a Tamil daily Thinakural article, Ramasamy said the number of Indians enlisted in the public service appeared to be low.
He also asked what steps the federal government has taken to increase their numbers.
Koh said that people taken into the public service were judged according to their merits, besides the number of job vacancies available.
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MIC just can’t seem to get its facts right
FMT LETTER: From Gobind Singh Deo, via e-mail
MIC Youth information chief S Subramaniam thanked MPSJ for resolving the lift problem in Pangsapuri Aman, “without waiting for the state government’s instruction”.
Perhaps Subramaniam should tell us how it is MPSJ solved the problem and why he is thanking them. He is talking nonsense!
The funds to fix the lift came from the state pursuant to my request. The lift was repaired and the problem was solved two days after the final quote was handed to me last Monday.
Subramaniam is also upset that it took some two months for the problem to be solved. This again reflects his poor knowledge of the facts surrounding the issue.
As I have said earlier, a committee consisting of residents was formed after we met some 2 months ago. Matters did not rest there.
They worked hard to solve the problem. Various contractors were approached who forwarded different opinions and costings towards solving the problem.
Subramaniam should show some respect to the committee who worked hard to solve the problem. He should give credit where it is due.
This would be a classic case of “Janji tidak ditepati” on part of the BN which Subramaniam and the MIC should deal with immediately.
The writer is MP for Puchong
“Umno member from Selayang Baru” warns of threat from Gang 36!
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Anonymous letter warns Najib of Indian ‘gang threat’
An ‘Umno member’ warns the prime minister of the rise of Indian gangs in the country which may cause another Hindraf-like political tsunami if not addressed urgently.
PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has apparently been warned of an alleged threat of gangsterism among the Indian community which would, if left unchecked, indirectly cause the Barisan Nasional government to lose votes in the next general election.
An anonymous letter purportedly written by a “concerned Umno member” and sent to Najib on April 20, urged the Umno president to treat the matter seriously or risk another “political tsunami” akin to 2008, which the Hindraf movement had contributed to.
In the letter, seen by FMT, the “Umno member from Selayang Baru” implicated the MIC and the police for being complicit in allowing “Gang 36″ to gain more influence and power.
The author claimed that on Dec 3, 2011, MIC organised a Deepavali event at The Mines, Sri Kembangan, where about 7,000 Indian youths who attended were made up of “almost 99%” of Gang 36 members.
Several prominent politicians from BN officiated at the event, with the author naming three of them in the letter. They included two members of parliaments and a minister.
Repeated attempts to contact the three national leaders for comments were unsuccessful.
The writer said that it was his opinion that the leader of the gang, who he claimed is involved in drug trafficking and other crimes, is trying to use politics to clear the gang’s criminal records and reign supreme in the country.
The letter claimed that the police – from police beats all the way to Bukit Aman – have given the gangsters the “green light” to carry out their drug trafficking activities by taking these bribes.
He alleged that the worse district was the Gombak police headquarters. “A lot of proof can be found if the Gombak police chief is investigated,” said the the writer.
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Tamil national daily suspends its GM
Makkal Osai daily general manager M Periasamy has been suspended from all duties.
PETALING JAYA: Tamil daily Makkal Osai has suspended its general manager M Periasamy with immediate effect and for an indefinite period.
Periasamy is also a general manager of Eden Value Sdn Bhd, the company under which the Tamil daily is registered.
His suspension is allegedly linked to an argument he had with a company director on Sept 2 which was deemed as being against the interest of the company and the Tamil daily.
The suspension letter dated Sept 5 was signed by Eden Value managing director, S Sunther.
The letter also barred Periasamy from entering the premises of the Tamil daily in Batu Complex, Kuala Lumpur.
Periasamy, however, will continue receiving his salary during the period of his suspension.
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MIC to field women candidates
KUALA LUMPUR: MIC president G Palanivel has given an assurance that the party would also select women as candidates in the coming general election (GE).
He hoped Wanita MIC members would dismiss unfounded rumours that the party would not field female candidates in the GE.
An online news provider had, on Aug 23, published a report suggesting that Palanivel would not field any woman candidate.
Later, at a press conference, Palanivel, who is also minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, urged Wanita MIC members to get in touch with schools, non-governmental organisations, temples and other relevant authorities to better understand the needs of the Indian community.
Meanwhile, Wanita MIC chief Komala Krishnamoorthy said the wing hoped it would be given an opportunity to contest in the GE.
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Get real, pundit tells Young Power
It’s unlikely for Pakatan to accept an Indian-based party, says analyst A Thiruvengadam.
A Thiruvengadam, who writes a column for a Tamil daily, said today that the proposal was unrealistic in the light of Pakatan’s stand against race-based politics.
He was commenting on a proposal by a group calling itself Young Power and claiming to represent Indian youths.
One member, G Krishnan, told FMT on Wednesday that the group was disappointed that neither Barisan Nasional nor any party in Pakatan was doing enough to address issues of concern to Indians.
Krishnan also said Young Power had raised the proposal with several Indian leaders in Pakatan by text message and had received positive responses.
“It’s a mission impossible,” said Thiruvengadam, noting that Pakatan leaders have often spoken against raced-based politics and that it is not easy to get registered as a political party in Malaysia, especially one that aligns itself with the parliamentary opposition.
Furthermore, he added, it was doubtful that any Indian currently holding a leadership position in any of the Pakatan parties would resign to join the new party.
Indians currently account for only 4.1% of civil servants, dropping from 5.12% in 2005 and 17.4% in 1971. Most of them work in Tamil schools.
He rejected government claims that Indians eschew civil service jobs, claiming that their applications were often thrown into dustbins.
“So long as Umno is in power, there is no hope for an increased Indian intake into the civil service.”
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Janji Ditepati insults Indians, says senator
DAP’s Ramakrishnan calls on the community to treat 13th GE as payback time.
GEORGE TOWN: The theme of this year’s Merdeka celebrations is a grave insult to Malaysian Indians, at least from the viewpoint of Senator S Ramakrishnan of DAP.
In a hard hitting statement calling on Indians to punish Barisan Nasional at the next general election, Ramakrishnan said no ethnic community had suffered more than the Indians from unfulfilled promises that Umno and its political allies had been making for the last 55 years.
“It’s payback time,” he said, referring to the 13th general election. “Indians need a political change. They need to redeem their dignity and pride. It’s now or never.”
He accused Umno of having designed a political system that neglects Indians and isolates them from the mainstream political and socio-economic development of the country.
“The Umno government has deliberately made Indians politically irrelevant today,” he said.
He claimed that Umno had maintained its “racist attitude and arrogance” even after suffering unprecedented electoral losses in 2008.
He called on Indians to assert their pride by rejecting the deception of sweet words and other vote-baiting tactics.
“Umno thinks Indians are beggars who don’t deserve job or business opportunities but only hampers and rice bags.”
He said the intake of Indians into the civil service had been negligible, noting that the figures had been sliding through the decades.
G Krishnan pointed out that there was only one Indian in Pakatan’s 30-member council.
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‘Young Power’ wants Indian-based Pakatan party
Fed up with way things are, a group of young Indians are planning to form an Indian-based component party in the opposition coalition.
KUALA LUMPUR: A group of young Indians are planning to form an Indian-based component party in Pakatan Rakyat.
Talking to FMT, one of the members G Krishnan said they were fed-up with both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan leaders with regard to issues affecting the Indian community.
“We call our group ‘Young Power’ and our goal is to help the Indian community become on par with the other races. Look at our nation. It is a Malay-dominated Chinese-controled nation,” he added.
He insisted that Young Power was not against the Malays and Chinese but focussed on upholding the rights of Indians.
“It is unfair to talk about multi-racialism when the Indians live in deplorable conditions compared with other races,” he added.
Krishnan said that Young Power had been collecting feedback from community leaders regarding the possibility of forming a new party within the Pakatan framework.
“We sent SMS to about 30 Indian Pakatan and BN elected reps, NGO leaders, businessmen, celebrities on Aug 25,” he added.
According to Krishnan, the response was positive with even DAP MPs welcoming the move.
He said that on Aug 26 and 28, Young Power sent text messages to grassroots leaders, who also mostly backed the suggestion.
Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy sometimes spelt Waythamoorthy is a Malaysian lawyer of Tamil origin who is currently a member of the HINDRAF campaign to fight discrimination against Malaysian Hindus.
|11:04AM Aug 29, 2012|
Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) chairperson P Waythamoorthy, who returned to Malaysia earlier this month, has requested to meet Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim separately to discuss approaches to permanently addressing the socio-economic problems of marginalised Indians.
In a statement issued today, he said, “Hindraf believes all past and current approaches fall way below the power curve needed to resolve the problem permanently.
“It is also Hindraf’s belief that a permanent solution and the mechanics to arriving at the solution lies first in a proper definition of the problem, something we believe has eluded the policy-makers and problem-solvers up to now.
“To achieve this there need to be prerequisite political will. This is also another key element that has been missing in all past and current efforts”.
Yesterday,the movement delivered two letters to both leaders respectively requesting for the meetings.
After nearly five years of self exile, he returned to the country on Aug 1 without a hitch.
The writer of this article argues that the Indian population in Malaysia is not less than 20%, not the 7% claimed by the Dept of Statistics.
What is the actual population of Indians in Malaysia?
Is it only about 7 percent as per statistics from the BN government or is it very much more? Has the MIC made any effort to refute this statistics for the last 30 years?
It’s a very simple analysis of our population – this is not rocket science which the BN government is good at.
Check out the statistics at this website and you will find that the percentage distribution of population by ethnics groups Malaysia 2010, where the Hindus account for only 7.3 percent.
My view is there are about 5.5 million Hindus plus about 1 million other Indians (Indian Christians, Muslims and Buddhists) in Malaysia, which results to a population of more than 22 -23 percent Indians, even with an error in this analysis, is not less than 20 percent.
The Non-Malays in this country are between 55 percent to 58 percent, including Sabahans, Sarawakians and others.
From this analysis we can conclude the population distribution to be:
Malays – 45 percent
Chinese – 28 percent (A large number of Chinese have migrated lately)
Indians – 20 percent
Bumiputra Natives – 7 percent (Aborigines, Sabahans & Sarawakians)
The late Dr V David in his book ‘Freedom that never came‘ had on page 330 referred to a paper presented at the Wollongong University, Australia on July 21, 1985, which stated that Indian population in Malaysia was 16 percent of the total population.
This statistic was then 27 years ago. So one can do their math to know what is the Indian population as of now 2012. Also you can check this website.
Let’s go back to the GE12 elections where the Opposition won five states (minus Perak State now).
This was possible because the GE12 was held just after the Hindraf Rally in 2007 and it’s the Hindus population of 20 percent which was the deciding factor for the Opposition’s win in these states.
This would not have been possible if the Indian population was only 7 percent as per then statistics from the Department of Statistics, Malaysia.
From 1960 until 2011, the Malaysia population grew from 17 million to almost 29 million in December 2011.
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|UMNO made Indians politically irrelevant|
|Senator S.Ramakrishnan, 23/8/2012|
|Last week MIC president Datuk G.Palanivel expressed disappointment over the public Services Commission (PSC) for not including any Indian Malaysians in the recruitment of 21 graduates by the works ministry. In the same week Datuk G.Palanivel expressed happiness over the PSC statement that mentions of wanting to increase Indian counter staff from 1000 to 3000 at government officers. Instead of demanding for more civil service intake MIC is protecting and giving excuses for the UMNO led government. Indians taken in by civil services and local government agencies are mostly contract workers and not permanent civil servants. When the Indians were dominating health and education services Malaysia had a world class service. All these have become history. Indians must correct all these injustice by voting out the UMNO led government.|
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