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Malaysian Chronicle

Sunday, 14 April 2013 00:46

WHAT A SNAKE! Waytha went on hunger strike to get sympathy, kept ROS approval secret

Written by  S Jayathas

We are gravely concerned by new evidence that has come into our possession regarding a secret deal and collaboration between P. Waythamoorthy’s Hindraf faction and the UMNO BN regime.

On 8th March 2013, the Registrar of Societies had approved the registration of Waythamoorthy’s Hindraf faction under the name Hindraf Malaysia (Hindraf). The registration is signed and sealed by Dato’ Abdul Rahman bin Othman, Registrar of Societies of Malaysia.

The registration of Hindraf could not have been done without the approval of the Home Ministry and PM Najib’s blessings.

Went on fast but kept ROS approval secret

What is shocking is that Waythamoorthy and his associates deliberately concealed the fact of registration from the Malaysian public and particularly the Indian community.

This was clearly intended to keep the negotiations between Hindraf and BN secret from the public and the Indian community. We view this as a blatant attempt to mislead the public and in particular the Indian community.

Further it is highly suspicious that the registration was approved on 8th March 2013, which was just 2 days before Waythamoorthy began a so-called hunger strike. During the hunger strike he carried out a campaign of attacks against the opposition which benefited BN. It is clear that the hunger strike was intended to justify Waythamoorthy’s meeting with Najib to the Indian community.

Secret deal in London

This is proven by the fact that just two weeks into the so-called hunger strike, Waythamoorthy rushed to Putrajaya to meet PM Najib.

Prior to that UMNO BN had suddenly allowed Waythamoorthy to return to Malaysia. Soon after that on January 26, 2013 the UMNO-BN regime lifted the ban on Hindraf.

Was a secret deal concluded between UMNO-BN and Waythamoorthy in London?

The above shows evidence of collaboration and a clandestine arrangement between Waythamoorthy’s Hindraf and UMNO BN. It should be noted that this is against the founding principle of Hindraf to remove the UMNO-BN regime from power.

Such a collaboration by Waythamoorthy with UMNO-BN will be a betrayal of Hindraf’s grassroots and supporters throughout the country.

Don’t lie, explain to the Hindraf grassroots

We now call upon Waythamoorthy and his Hindraf faction to explain to the public why they had concealed the registration of Hindraf and the real reasons for UMNO-BN’s sudden registration of Hindraf.

Waythamoorthy must also reveal to the Indian community all secret deals and negotiations with UMNO BN. The public has a right to know and Waythamoorthy must respond immediately.

S. Jayathas

Former Hindraf Leader and Information Chief



HINDRAF or Hindu Rights Action Force (Malay: Barisan Bertindak Hak-Hak Hindu; Tamil: (இந்து உரிமைகள் போராட்டக் குழு (Hindu Urimaigal Poratta Kulu); Chinese: 兴权 with its slogan of People’s Power மக்கள் சக்தி (Makkal Sakthi)) began as a coalition of 30 Hindu non-governmental organizations committed to the preservation of Hindu community rights and heritage in a multiracial Malaysia.

HINDRAF has made a major impact to the political landscape of Malaysia in staging the 2007 HINDRAF rally. In late 2007, several prominent members of the HINDRAF were arrested, some on charges of sedition, following an enormous rally organised by HINDRAF in November. The charges were dismissed by the courts. Five people have since been detained without trial under the Internal Security Act.

The group has over the last two years developed a broader political program to preserve and to push for equal rights and opportunities for the minority Tamils. It has been successful in continuing to focus attention on the racist aspects of the Malaysian Government policies

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In GE 12, Hindraf was a force to be reckoned with. Will it continue to be as influential now?


S Jayathas, the former Hindraf leader and information chief, now PKR, “The grassroot leaders want Waythamoorthy and his Hindraf faction to explain why they had concealed the registration of Hindraf.”

Free Malaysia Today

Rift in Hindraf widens

Priscilla Prasena | April 13, 2013

A faction in Hindraf calls co-founder Waythamoorthy a “traitor” for concealing the fact that he had registered the organisation two days prior to his hunger strike


KUALA LUMPUR: Calling Hindraf co-founder P Waythamoorthy a traitor, a faction of the group today claimed that he had concealed the fact that he had registered Hindraf as an organisation a month ago.

“This registration of an organisation called Persatuan Hindraf Malaysia (Hindraf) was approved on March 8. This was two days before Waythamoorthy began his hunger strike.

“During the hunger strike he attacked the Opposition for the benefit of Barisan Nasional,” said S Jayathas, the former Hindraf leader and information chief.

“The authorities were adamant in not allowing us to register Hindraf as an organization for so long…but now since he is attacking the opposition, he is given the registration approval.”

Speaking at a press conference, Jayathas, who is now with PKR, said the approval to grant Hindraf an organisation status, would have to come from the higher ups, like the Home Ministry.

“Waythamoorthy’s meeting with the Prime Minister (Najib Tun Razak) just two weeks after the hunger strike proves that he is working with the Barisan Nasional,” he added.



Hindraf yet to decide on GE13 backing

Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) has yet to decide who it will back in the13th general election as it is still in talks with both BN and Pakatan Rakyat for endorsement of its blueprint to uplift the Indian Malaysian poor, says the movement’s national advisor N Ganesan.

“Our target date for when our door closes is April 18. At that time, we may get the endorsement from Pakatan or BN… we will then make a call for Indians in the country to vote Pakatan or BN.

“If both of them say yes, then we have another decision to make or if neither of them show up, then we take the position it doesn’t make any difference to vote and our call will be to abstain from voting,” he told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.

Ganesan (left) added that it was unfair to accuse Hindraf of selling out by meeting BN as it is also talking with Pakatan with another meeting scheduled for tomorrow.

He said Hindraf had met Pakatan in six formal and 15 informal meetings since September last year.

Hindraf yet to decide on GE13 backing



I need to put it clearly that politicians on both sides of the divide do indeed want to kill off the Hindraf blueprint.

Why both sides want to kill off Hindraf blueprint

COMMENT On this third day of my Hunger Viratham, I have begun limiting my physical movement so I can conserve the energy for what lies ahead.
Our theory is that both BN and Pakatan are just puppets. The real power lies with the puppet masters at the back. The puppet masters are the political and economic elite of the country. They are the people who own this country – all the major assets of the country are owned by them.

They call the policy shots as far as the allocation of the resources of the country is concerned and they use various devices, methods and processes to achieve this. BN or Pakatan, they are just tools to create an illusion.

The proposals in the blueprint are entirely justifiable, no matter which way you look at them. The issue of racism does not arise at all. Only the defenders of the elite – the puppets – use this as a convenient argument.

We are actually engaging in this conversation with the elite through the political party puppets. And look at how vehemently the political party puppets use convenient and self-serving arguments to defend the position of the elite .

The puppets may be two political coalitions, but the puppet master is only one. So, the fundamental policies will be one. In the contention between these political parties, one-upmanship becomes their real policy.

Remove the chaff and what you get is the same set of policies from the two coalitions at the end of the day.

Why both sides want to kill off Hindraf blueprint


The six points of the blueprint are:

1) Stop displacing Indian plantation workers and provide reasonable compensation as well as offer skills training to them;

2) Resolve Indian stateless issue;

3) Provide equal education opportunities to all Indian students via meritocracy;

4) Provide equal job and business opportunities to Indians;

5) Stop police brutality and death in custody, and set up the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC); and

6) Stop institutionalised racism and ratify United Nations convention against racial discrimination.



‘Pakatan may lose 25 MPs without Hindraf’s support’
3:07PM Feb 17, 2013

Pakatan Rakyat may risk losing 25 parliamentary seats in the next general election if it does not receive support from Hindraf, the movement’s chief P Waythamoorthy says.

This comes in light of the Indian community warming up to the BN.

However, Hindraf can help swing them back in favour of Pakatan, it the opposition coalition forms an electoral pact with the movement, Waythamoorthy (left) said in a statement today.

“The Indian community is not at war with the government as we were in 2007-2008.

“Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s administration has done tremendous work on the ground and if they are successful in gaining 55 percent of the total Indian voters, Pakatan is likely to face risks in 25 Parliament seats,” he said.

Furthermore, Waythamoorthy said, Kedah would be a “sure fall” and Selangor would be at great risk of being recaptured by BN.

‘Pakatan may lose 25 MPs without Hindraf’s support’



PKR’s Sivarasa clarifies time frame on Anwar pledge

PKR Subang MP Sivarasa Rasiah last night clarified that a statement attributed to opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to the effect that Hindraf’s blueprint for the Indian poor would be implemented by a federally empowered Pakatan Rakyat within 100 days was “not quite accurate.”

Anwar was quoted by Malaysiakini as saying so in response to a question before a crowd of about 1,500 people, overwhelmingly Indian, in Shah Alam on Thursday night.

The question-and-answer session was organised by news portal Semparuthi, with four Tamil newspapers – Tamil Nesan, Thinakural, Makkal Osai and Malaysia Nanban – also contributing to the holding of the session.

Sivarasa, who was present at the session, clarified what Anwar had actually said was that he would solve the problem of stateless residents in 100 days.
“Anwar’s reference to 100 days was in respect of a time frame for a solution to the problem of statelessness among long-time residents of this country of whom a distressingly large number are Indians,” explained the PKR federal legislator.

“If you look at some of the points in the Hindraf blueprint which require a medium to long-term span for their implementation, it is obvious these plans cannot be implemented within 100 days – that is too short a duration for the execution of policies aimed at alleviating the targeted problems,” he added.

PKR’s Sivarasa clarifies time frame on Anwar pledge



Leaking of Hindraf-Pakatan discussions is sinister

COMMENT I refer to Terrence Netto’s comment piece in Malaysiakini, dated Feb 14, 2013.

In making this clarification, I am cautious and take cognisance of the high level of confidential discussions that took place initially between PKR on Nov 1, 2013, and the subsequent meetings with the top Pakatan Rakyat leaders that are still continuing.

However, we are disappointed that those confidential discussions could be leaked and we believe there is a sinister motive behind this by irresponsible parties to break any possible co-operation between Hindraf and Pakatan.

Leaking of Hindraf-Pakatan discussions is sinister



Pakatan will implement Hindraf plan in 100 days’

Should Pakatan Rakyat assume federal power, the Hindu Rights Action Force’s (Hindraf) five-year blueprint on resolving the Indian community’s woes will be implemented within 100 days, declared Pakatan supremo Anwar Ibrahim.

“I’ve even said that we will discuss it and resolve (the blueprint) within 100 days of Pakatan (taking over Putrajaya).

“What I mean is we have agreed on the blueprint,” he told 1,500 Indian attendees in a two-hour question-and-answer session in Shah Alam last night.

The opposition leader was responding to a question raised by  news portal editor Jiwi Kathaiah (left) on whether Pakatan would put its fingerprint on the Hindraf blueprint.

Aside from Semparuthi, the main organiser, four other Tamil newspapers, Tamil Nesan, Thiru Kural, Makkal Osai and Malaysia Nanban participated in the session.

Previously, Hindraf had warned that Pakatan’s “inordinate delay” in endorsing the blueprint, may result the coalition losing the NGO’s support in the coming election.

‘Pakatan will implement Hindraf plan in 100 days’


On the demand for the seats itself, the talks were effectively dead in the water.


Seats demand behind the Hindraf-Pakatan impasse

Hindraf has demanded of Pakatan, as a condition for their support of the opposition coalition in the 13th general election, that the movement be given the right to contest for seven parliamentary and 10 state seats.

In effect, Hindraf is asking Pakatan components, PKR and DAP, to hand them on a silver platter their incumbencies (where relevant) of these seats and (where it applies) cede the groundwork done over the last five years in seats where PKR and DAP have been working to win over from BN.

See the Table below for the seats that Hindraf wants.


Seats demand behind the Hindraf-Pakatan impasse


Free Malaysia Today

Hindraf’s ‘carrot’ to Pakatan

Anisah Shukry | February 9, 2013

But the opposition coalition must first endorse Hindraf’s blueprint on alleviating the Indian community’s problems.

PETALING JAYA: Hindraf has offered Pakatan Rakyat “thousands of volunteers” which it says is crucial for the opposition pact to overthrow Barisan nasional in the upcoming general election.

The ‘carrot’ however comes with a catch.

Pakatan must endorse the group’s six-point blueprint to “bring the Indian marginalized and poor into the mainstream of National Development”, said Hindraf chairperson P Waythamoorthy.

“We are no doubt willing to make Pakatan’s dream to capture Putrajaya a reality but we have a dream too – we dream to find a permanent solution to the problems of the Indian poor and marginalized.

“Hence it is crucial that Pakatan endorses the Hindraf Blueprint which encompassed this dream before we activate thousands of our volunteers to go nationwide to campaign for Pakatan,” Waythamoorthy said in a statement yesterday.

Hindraf’s ‘carrot’ to Pakatan


Malaysian Insider

Hindraf losing steam, Indians likely back with BN, say analysts

By Boo Su-Lyn
January 28, 2013

File photo of Hindraf leader P. Uthayakumar carried by supporters in Kuala Lumpur soon after his release from ISA detention in May 2009 for his part in the massive demonstration by the movement two years earlier.


The Najib administration agreed to legalise the Hindu Rights Action Force but it won’t have nuch effect since most Indians will vote for BN due to Najib’s many conciliatory efforts, cash handouts and Indian outreach programmes.

Wong Chin Huat, political scientist: BN has succeeded in wooing back most of the Indian swing voters they can woo. A last-minute pre-election gesture is unlikely to swing the more critical ones of the swing voters but 20% of Indian voters are still fence-sitters, with BN and its political foes in Pakatan Rakyat (PR) sharing equal support from the remaining voters.

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) political analyst Dr Sivamurugan Pandian told The Malaysian Insider that the past 16 by-elections indicated the return of Indian backing for BN, especially among rural voters.

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) political analyst Datuk Dr Shamsul Amri Baharuddin: the lifting of the Hindraf ban was largely insignificant to Indian voters.

Another UKM political analyst, Datuk Dr Mohammad Agus Yusoff: said the lifting of the ban on Hindraf would not pull many Indian voters back to BN as the group was not significant anymore. Hindraf has been out of the picture for some time.

Hindraf losing steam, Indians likely back with BN, say analysts


“We must make them pay for what they have done to the Indian community,” Hindraf legal adviser M. Manoharan told The Malaysian Insider last night.

Malaysian Insider

Despite ban lift, Hindraf vows to hound Putrajaya on Indian issues

By Clara Chooi
Assistant News Editor
January 27, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 27 ― Putrajaya’s decision to lift its four-year-old ban on Hindraf appears to have caused barely a ripple in the tussle for the Indian vote as activists in the now-legal movement remain bent on pursuing the demands they raised before Election 2008.

This comes even with the group having split into several factions since leading the massive march of 30,000 Indians in the city’s capital in 2007.

When contacted yesterday, Hindraf leaders said that lifting the ban was “nothing to celebrate about”, serving only as a reminder of how much more powerful their political foes are and how, just with a simple signature, these enemies could pull the carpet from under them.

“Nothing great at all. What we want, what we must seek, is compensation. And our 18-point demands from before… it still stands.

“We must make them pay for what they have done to the Indian community,” Hindraf legal adviser M. Manoharan told The Malaysian Insider last night.

Another Hindraf colleague, P. Uthayakumar, lamented of the legal suits that the four-year ban had accumulated for the movement and how most were still pending in court.

“We have an appeal pending in the Federal Court on March 5 on Hindraf’s application to be declared legal… right now, that case has become academic.

“We also have 54 Hindraf activists who were prosecuted for their involvement in an illegal organisation’s rally… all that is pending,” he said.

But the two activists, who were among the “Hindraf Five” sent to the Kamunting Detention Camp under the now-repealed Internal Security Act (ISA), believed Hindraf’s struggle is far from over.

“The struggle goes on. Until we see Indians treated equally, treated fairly, this is what we will do.

Despite ban lift, Hindraf vows to hound Putrajaya on Indian issues



Kedah Kini

27 Januari 2013

Hindraf Perlekeh Kerajaan…tiada sesuatu yang perlu dirayakan – Penarikan pengharaman Hindraf

Pengharaman ditarik balik, Hindraf berikrar desak Putrajaya selesaikan isu India

KUALA LUMPUR, 27 Jan — Keputusan kerajaan untuk menarik semula pengharaman selama empat tahun ke atas Hindraf untuk memenangi undi kaum India tidak begitu mudah apabila kumpulan yang kini “halal” itu berikrar untuk meneruskan tuntutan mereka sebelum pilihan raya 2008 dahulu.

“Tidak ada apa yang hebat langsung. Apa yang kami mahu, apa yang kami perlu cari adalah pampasan. Dan 18 tuntutan sebelum ini.. masih kekal.
“Kita mesti pastikan mereka bayar kembali di atas apa yang mereka telah lakukan kepada masyarakat India,” kata Penasihat Undang-undang Hindraf M. Manoharan kepada The Malaysian Insider malam tadi.





Gov’t lifts four-year ban on Hindraf
7:02PM Jan 26, 2013

More than four years after being outlawed and branded as an illegal organisation, government has lifted its ban on the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf).

Hindraf chief P Waythamoorthy in a text message said this was made known to the movement in a letter dated yesterday from the Home Ministry.

However, he is unavailable for further comment as he is presently in the United Kingdom.

Hindraf was outlawed on Oct 15, 2008 by then Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar under the administration of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

The government had then described Hindraf as a threat to public order, security and sovereignty of the country as well as the prevailing racial harmony if left unchecked.

Hindraf had earned the ire of the government after it mobilised more than 30,000 people onto the streets of Kuala Lumpur on Nov 25, 2007 in a bid to highlight the marginalisation of Indian Malaysians.

Gov’t lifts four-year ban on Hindraf


Last year, Hindraf had asked for the ban to be lifted before they would talk to the BN government.


Waytha: Lift ban on Hindraf, and then we’ll talk

Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) chairperson P Waythamoorthy says if Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak wants to meet with the movement, the government must first lift its ban on it.

Waythamoorthy said he was surprised by the government’s intention to meet with Hindraf, as he had sent an request to meet Najib and also Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim in August on his return from exile.

“Last week I met Anwar, whom I recognise as the PM-in-waiting and recently, we had a meeting with PAS spiritual adviser (and Kelantan Menteri Mesar) Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat and deputy president Mohamad Sabu,” he said.

“We are not too enthusiastic with the PM’s invitation as we fear it will be used by BN to gain mileage as the election is near.

“However, if Najib is sincere in meeting Hindraf, he should first lift the ban on the movement and then we will talk,” he told Malaysiakini.

Waytha: Lift ban on Hindraf, and then we’ll talk – Malaysiakini


Hindraf chairman P Waythamoorthy stressed that the civil rights movement was not prepared to give any political block free lunch as it did in 2008 general election.

Free Malaysia Today

‘Endorse our blueprint if you want our support’

Athi Shankar | December 31, 2012

Hindraf is not prepared to give any political block free lunch as it did in 2008 general election.

JURU: Hindraf Makkal Sakti will only support a political coalition that gives written pre-election agreement to implement the movement’s five-year blueprint for ethnic Indian community.

Either Pakatan Rakyat or Barisan Nasional must pen down written assurances on Hindraf blueprint agreement that they would implement its demands if they come to power in the forthcoming general election.

“That’s the condition if either political block wants our backing to canvass Indian votes,” Hindraf chairman P Waythamoorthy made it clear at a gathering here last night.

Endorse our blueprint if you want our support’


“It was Samy Vellu the then MIC president who desperately called me on November 22, 2007, three days before the mass rally, for discussion.

“Samy Velu even volunteered to drive down to Ipoh immediately to meet me as I was then attending to a rally in Ipoh.


Waytha: Vell’s claim Hindraf approached MIC ‘absolute lie’
2:58PM Nov 30, 2012

Hindraf has denied MIC’s claims that the rights group had approached MIC for talks in 2007, calling it an “absolute lie”.

hindraf 5th anniversary 251112 waythamoorthy waytha moorthy

“I wish to stress that at no time did Hindraf ever invite or engage MIC for talks in 2007.

“The statement by MIC communication chief S Vell Paari is an absolute lie and sinister in nature,” said Hindraf chairperson P Waythamoorthy in a statement today.

He was responding to Vell’s comment to Free Malaysia Today (FMT) saying MIC’s mistake was to “refuse Hindraf’s invitation” for alleged Indian “unity talks” in 2007 prior to the historic Hindraf rally in Kuala Lumpur.

Contrary to Vell’s claim, Waythamoorthy maintained that it was MIC who had tried to court Hindraf.

Yesterday Vell (left), Samy’s son, told FMT that MIC who has been part of the half century ruling BN coalition, needed to hold Umno-style “unity talks” with opposition Indian figures for the benefit of the long-marginalised community.
Waythamoorthy said MIC was now courting Hindraf out of fear of losing the community’s support in the upcoming general election, due to be called any time by April 2013

Waytha: Vell’s claim Hindraf approached MIC ‘absolute lie’


Free Malaysia Today

Indian groups divided over MIC unity talks

K Pragalath | November 30, 2012

While Indian leaders in DAP are cautious over the idea, PKR and Hindraf have slammed shut the door on such talks.


PETALING JAYA: Hindraf and PKR Indian politicians have snubbed MIC’s proposal for unity talks among Indian leaders while the DAP remained cautious of the idea.

Hindraf chairman P Waythamoorthy declined outright MIC’s invitation to such talks, saying that the move may be politically motivated in view of the upcoming 13th general election.

“Vel Paari is now making this call of ‘unity talks’ as he is worried that Hindraf’s blueprint is picking up momentum among the grassroots Indians.

“MIC and Umno are now worried that they would lose support of the Indian voters forever, now that Hindraf has gained momentum throughout the country over the last four months since my return,” said the Hindraf leader.

Indian groups divided over MIC unity talk


Free Malaysia Today

‘For Indians’ sake, let’s talk to Pakatan’

B Nantha Kumar | November 29, 2012

MIC leader S Vell Paari is proposing that the party holds unity talks with Indian opposition and NGO leaders in order to address the community’s woes.

KUALA LUMPUR: MIC, which is the largest Indian-based political party in the country, should initiate talks with Indian opposition and NGO leaders for the betterment of the community.

This suggestion was put forth by MIC communication chief S Vell Paari during the party’s recent Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting.

He told FMT that MIC should aggressively pursue the idea of holding unity talks with Indian leaders whether from DAP or PKR and work towards a united approach to solving the community’s woes.

“If Umno can invite PAS for such talks on Malay unity, why not MIC? The unity talk would only strengthen the community and enable it to make certain demands that is good for the community.

“A united front would be the way to go for Malaysian Indians.

Citing the Hindraf rally in 2007, Vell Paari said that the movement had invited MIC to a discussion then but the latter turned it down.

“We refused Hindraf’s invitation just to defend Umno’s stand of banning Hindraf and declaring it an illegal movement.

‘For Indians’ sake, let’s talk to Pakatan’



Hindraf: Lift ban first, then we’ll talk

Posted on 25 November 2012 – 09:14pm

Elly Fazaniza

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 25, 2012): The Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) is prepared to discuss with the government issues affecting the Indian community only after the ban on the organisation is lifted.

Its adviser N. Ganesan said Hindraf had drawn up a five-year blueprint identifying six “problematic” areas regarding the community, and is keen to resolve these issues with the support of the government.

However, he reiterated chairman P. Waythamoorthy’s words that the ban should be first lifted.

“We have made it clear (that should) you want a dialogue, lift the ban on Hindraf first,” Ganesan said at a press conference at the Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall today.

Hindraf was banned in 2008 after it organised a mammoth street rally to highlight the plight of poor Indians.

Hindraf: Lift ban first, then we’ll talk



Hindraf wants ‘Ministry of Minority Affairs’ established

Hindraf has launched its five-year blueprint today, which calls for a Ministry of Minority Affairs headed by the movement.

Its national advisor N Ganesan said whichever political coalition endorses it in a “formal treaty” would receive its support.

He explained that Hindraf should head the ministry because people have grown distrustuful of politicians for making promises they cannot keep.

Hindraf wants ‘Ministry of Minority Affairs’ established


Excerpts from the article


Uthaya: Hindraf’s motto is rights, not mercy

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

INTERVIEW The following is the last of a three-part interview with Human Rights Party leader P Uthayakumar. The first and second parts are here and here.

1 Ownership of land is perhaps the biggest issue when it comes to the marginalised section of the Indian community.

Even the Chinese poor have 508 Chinese new villages nationwide. However, there are no more of the hundreds of Indian villages and Indian settlements. Their social safety net is non-existent because they have been denied land titles.

2 It appears that the Indian poor are only wanted for the 3D jobs – dirty, dangerous and difficult jobs – but never the self-employed, small entrepreneurs or petty trading jobs, and provided the opportunities that have been made available to the poor Malays by the Umno government policies and the Chinese with their community support.

3 Tamil schools: After 55 years of independence nearly all the 523 Tamil schools still remain in dilapidated and near cow-shed conditions in steel shipping containers, upstairs in a shop house, in basements, because they are denied government land titles, unlike other Malay schools.

4 Almost all the thousands of Hindu temples and Hindu crematoriums unlike any other mosque, surau or Muslim cemetery are denied land titles by the Umno and Pakatan state governments.

5 Hindraf has named me as the candidate for the Kota Raja parliament and DUN Sri Andalas constituencies for the simple reason that Kota Raja has the highest number of Indian voters in Malaysia. For obvious reasons, this would be our best bet. Why can’t Pakatan make way for us here for a one-to-one contest with Umno-BN?

6 Will you meet PM Najib and if so why?
No, because it has been a long five years and three months since the Hindraf 18-point demand, dated Aug 12, 2012, was put forward to the Umno prime minister.

Writer’s epilogue
What troubles me the most is when Pakatan partisans libel Uthayakumar as a turncoat Umno stooge or worse, a racist agent provocateur. Here is a man who is sacrificing everything to confront a system that has divided along racial lines.

S THAYAPARAN is Commander (rtd) of the Royal Malaysian Navy. Hindraf will be celebrating the fifth anniversary of its historic 2007 rally tomorrow.


Part 1: The state’s war against Uthayakumar

Part 2: Uthayakumar’s uneasy ties with Pakatan

Part 3: Uthaya: Hindraf’s motto is rights, not mercy

Uthaya: Hindraf’s motto is rights, not mercy


Excerpts from the article


Uthayakumar’s uneasy ties with Pakatan

There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

INTERVIEW The following is the second of a three-part interview with Human Rights Party leader P Uthayakumar. The first part is here.

1 Hindraf labeled as a racist outfit by no less than prime minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim and top Pakatan Rakyat Malay and Chinese leaders is a very clever political strategy. It’s the 3Ds – ‘diverting, diluting and denying’ the institutionalised state-sponsored racist policies which victimise the most vulnerable Indian poor.

2 …Hindraf is not prepared to take responsibility for Pakatan’s non-delivery on the Hindraf 18-point demand. We are worried that the Umno institutionalised, private sector racist policies that victimises the Indian poor will not change when Pakatan gets Putrajaya as per the early warning signs we detect in Pakatan’s state little Putrajayas. This is the Hindraf dilemma.

Unfortunately, Hindraf only sees a marginal difference if Pakatan claims Putrajaya concerning the Indian poor.

3 There are 11 and 13 Pakatan Indian MPs and state assemblymen respectively. But all of them were powerless, for example, to stop the demolishment of the aforesaid Kg Buah Pala, Ladang Batu Pekaka Hindu Cemetery (Kedah PAS) or the Ampang Hindu temple by the Pakatan state governments, which Pakatan wouldn’t dare do to the Malay and Chinese communities.

A Pakatan Adun conceded that he has no powers to even pick up the phone and call the local council president to issue even a ‘kachang putih’ licence to an Indian poor.

Uthayakumar’s uneasy ties with Pakatan


Free Malaysia Today

Hindraf is with Karpal on hudud, Islamic state

November 19, 2012

Hindraf Makkal Sakti feels that more Pakatan Rakyat leaders must speak up against PAS’ extreme Islamist stand

GEORGE TOWN: DAP chairman Karpal Singh is the lone voice against PAS’ Islamist stand and this does not auger well for the non-Muslims in the country.

Hindraf Makkal Sakti feels that when other Pakatan Rakyat leaders do not speak up againt PAS, the right of non-Muslims will be pushed aside if the coalition comes into power.

Hindraf chairman P Waythamoorthy said DAP and PKR leaders’ silence raised suspicions that they would not defend the rights of over 12 million non-Muslim citizens if PAS pushed for an Islamic state.

He said their silence suggested that MCA theory of PAS to establish Islamic theocracy by amending the Federal Constitution with the help of all Muslim MPs from Pakatan and Barisan Nasional could be right.

“Will PKR and Umno MPs vote against PAS Islamist initiatives? It is a million dollar question that only time will answer,” the Hindraf leader told FMT here today.

He said Hindraf like many other concerned NGOs were baffled on why others in DAP and PKR, especially non-Muslim leaders like Lim Kit Siang and his son Guan Eng, were silent on this issue.

“Just imagine if there was no Karpal, no one in Pakatan would be voicing out against PAS.The DAP supremo is the only leader defending non-Muslim rights. Right thinking citizens should back him.

Hindraf is with Karpal on hudud, Islamic state


Free Malaysia Today

‘Apologise to Indians for racist policies’

Athi Shankar | November 17, 2012

The Hindraf legal advisor stands firm that the movement should not meet the prime minister at all.

GEORGE TOWN: Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak should acknowledge, apologise and compensate for Umno’s racist policies against the Indian community for past 55 years.

Kota Alam Shah assemblyman M Manoharan said that only then should Hindraf Makkal Sakti consider whether to accept Najib’s open call to meet up with civil rights movement to address pressing Indian issues.

He said Najib must admit that Umno had systematically sidelined the once hardworking and economically vibrant Indians into a “forgotten community” through its ethnic and religious policies.

“As prime minister and Umno president, Najib must make an immediate unconditional apology and pay monetary compensation to all Indians for Umno’s 55 years of racist policies.

“Otherwise, Hindraf should reject his offer to meet.

‘Apologise to Indians for racist policies’



Why Hindraf should meet the premier
  • Wong Mun Chee
  • 12:02PM Nov 8, 2012

After the recent meeting with the De Facto Leader of Pakatan, it appears that the government is now interested in meeting Hindraf.

Although an interesting development, in many minds it is nothing but a political gimmick since the GE13 is hovering.

Hindraf had made its stand to be a non-partisan movement, interested only in protecting and enhancing human rights and basic quality in the development of the poorer socio-economic segment of the Malaysian Indians, which has deteriorated since yesteryear.

The issues and obstacles that face the poorer segment of Malaysian Indians in Malaysia is a reality that needs the support of the whole community irrespective of their origins, rather than the bickering and bad mouthing that we often see amongst the politicians.

I am sure Hindraf with its motto ‘rights not mercy‘ in its negotiations, is well equipped in seeking a concrete blueprint to ensure that the poor segment of the Malaysian Indian community is lifted without strings attached, to ensure fairness and equality is in tandem with the rest of the community without exclusion, or with what is politically expedient.

I feel that Hindraf being a non-partisan movement, should put forward their proposals to both BN and Pakatan and we the community, need to support their drive to ensure that our fellow poorer segment of the Malaysian Indians can participate in a positive way in our growth as a nation.

Why Hindraf should meet the premier



Hindraf, PKR meet after long winter
10:53AM Oct 1, 2012

Hindraf and PKR have taken the first step toward bridging their differences, following a rift after the March 2008 general election.

Hindraf advisor N Ganesan met several PKR leaders last week in Kuala Lumpur.

After the meeting, Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahimhailed it as a positive step in breaking the ice.

“We would like to go through the various steps of understanding and formulation. We think that the meeting has already broken the ice in terms of trying to know where we should be going,” he said.

“I think it is a very positive meeting and we should continue to reach to a level that the Malaysian people deserve.”

Other PKR leaders present were secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution, vice-president Tian Chua and Subang MP R Sivarasa.

Hindraf, PKR meet after long winter – Malaysiakini


July 20, 2011 | Author Editor

This morning the first of the series of cases against Hindraf activists nationwide by the racist and vindictive UMNO A.G. Gani Patail proceeded with the aforesaid case at the Ipoh magistrates Court.

In the dock were Hindraf activists P. Ramesh, Mogan, Vijayalingam, Subramaniam, Jayakumar and Sivakumar who were represented by pro bono and social conscious lawyer Augustine Anthony.

Court proceedings began at 9.30a.m with the first witness being Sergeant Lok Abdullah ie the police photographer who had testified that he is a photographer from Ipoh police IPD HQ. He was ordered to take photographs of the Hindraf car convoy and claimed that he wasn’t informed of the purpose of doing so. He took 106 photographs of the Hindraf car convoy against the racist Interlok novel and UMNO racism targeted against the Indian poor on 13/2/2011 along the Main Road Jelapang in  Ipoh.

The second witness was ASP Zuraimi who testified that he was ordered to follow the convoy and to stop it. And that there was then an argument with the HRP and Hindraf activists led by P. Ramesh who were told not to proceed with the convoy. Later this big, fat and ugly Indian policeman mandore DSP Glenn who will never get to become the Inspector General of Police however qualified or capable in racist UMNO junta just to suck up to his Malay tuans did the typical Indian policeman mandore job. DSP Glenn give instructions to arrest and handcuff the six Hindraf activists and to bring them to the police station lock up.

The prosecution has five (5) more witnesses.

This case was adjourned to 6th & 7th September 2011.

54 Hindraf activists protesting Interlok & UMNO racism …


Ipoh Echo

Hindraf Supporters Charged

| March 3, 2011

Six Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) supporters were charged at the Ipoh Magistrate Court on  March 2, for participating in an illegal procession.

Ramesh Periasamy, 40, of Taman Sri Desa, Vijayalingam Jagadeesan, 50, of Taman Tasek Damai, Jayakumar Subramanian, 48, of Jalan Tembok, Mogan Rengsamy, 43, of Medan Lahat, Subramayam Nagooran@Pandyan, 43, of Taman Muhibbah, Sitiawan and Sivagumar R. Supiah, 37, of Taman Kamunting Jaya, Taiping, were jointly charged under Section 43 of the Societies Act 1966 for being involved in an illegal procession at the Jelapang Road on Sunday, February 13 between 9.30 a.m. to 11.03 a.m. They were part of a nation-wide protest initiated by Hindraf against the use of the novel “Interlock” in secondary schools.


DPP Ariff Firman Muhammad Sidek led the prosecution team while the accused were being represented by Augustine Anthony and Amani Williams-Hunt (Bah Tony). Nurul Fareha Zainal Abidin was the presiding magistrate.

Hearing is fixed on Monday, April 4 at the same court.

poh Echo Online



SPECIAL REPORT: The Hindraf protest
7:32PM Nov 26, 2007

Very rarely do Malaysians see such defiance. Despite repeated warnings and a court order which allowed the police to ‘arrest on sight’, they came out in the thousands on Nov 25 into the streets of Kuala Lumpur.

It was, in part, a protest inspired by Indian independence activist and pacifist, Mahatma Gandhi.

Like Gandhi, the Hindraf supporters were out to show mass civil disobedience and it was prominently shown by a crowd of almost 5,000 near the Hotel Maya at Jalan Ampang.

For at least five times, the crowd would run helter-skelter at each ‘water canon charge’, only to defiantly claim back their original positions, chanting “We want justice!” in both Tamil and English.

The following are a selection of Malaysiakini news reports, analyses, videos and letters on the Nov 25 Hindraf protest.


Hindraf 31: AG drops attempted murder charge
Attempted murder charge: AG ‘abused’ power
ISA crackdown: 5 Hindraf leaders detained
Remain calm, Waytha tells supporters
Video: Uthayakumar’s parting message
Police disperse Hindraf supporters at Bkt Aman
PM: They want to destroy the country
Hindraf arrests: Use of ISA slammed
PM: ISA action is justified
Charge Hindraf leaders in court: Indian groups tell PM
ISA detentions: ‘Gov’t bankrupt of ideas’
US demands due process for ISA arrests
Families visit Hindraf 5 at Kamunting
Habeas corpus filed for Manoharan


Devamany escapes punishment
Uthayakumar’s car tyres slashed
PAS slams Hindraf, accusations ‘extreme’
Radio DJs punished for supporting Hindraf
Deputy minister: Indians better off than Malays
PM: Hindraf lies over Indian plight
India says Hindraf crackdown a ‘source of concern’
Hindraf lobby goes global
Is Hindraf a racist group?
Hindraf trio discharged from sedition
MIC MP: Rally reflects govt’s failure
Hindraf ‘manipulated’ the innocent
Police draw flak over excessive force
Hishammuddin rapped for ‘sacking’ warning
Nazri: Breach the law, face consequences
MIC MP: Rally reflects govt’s failure
MIC’s ‘Robin Hood’ to meet the whip
Hindu Sangam: Rally a ‘wake up call’
‘Gathering of crooks’ hasn’t tainted community’s image
Suhakam’s Khoo: Rally reflects grievances
Act against ‘sufferings’ in M’sia, Indian PM told


Fearless Indians fight for rights
A Gandhi-inspired mass civil disobedience
30,000 Hindraf protesters rally in KL streets
Tear gas fired at defiant protesters
Hindraf to submit petition in London
Samy tells Indians to work ‘within the system’
Anwar: Hindraf rally a safety valve


Hindraf: Let us hand petition and go home
MIC: Hindraf is stooge of the opposition
Hindraf – a new force is born
Hindraf trio freed on bail
Three Hindraf leaders arrested
Organisers vow to proceed despite ban
Cops obtain rare court order against Hindraf
Rumours rife, Hindraf not amused
Police reject permit for Hindraf rally


Nov 25 rally
Hours of the rally
l 10 min
Cat and mouse around KLCC l 8 min
Confusion on Jalan Ampang l 2 min
Sucking tear gas and chemical-laced water l 7 min
Police accused of unprovoked attacks l 2 min

The day before
Uthaya’s prediction for Nov 25 l 15 min
Hindraf leaders give impromptu briefing at temple l 10 min
Hindraf supporters head towards temple l 9 min
P Waythamoorthy refuses bail l 4 min
Hindraf supporters gather to show support l 4 min
The Hindraf arrests: Scenes in Shah Alam l 4 min
Hindraf rally: Cops warn of ‘stern action’ l 5 min
Police raid offices of two Hindraf lawyers l 6 min

Click on ‘Related Stories’ link below

SPECIAL REPORT: The Hindraf protest – Malaysiakini


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