Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hindraf set to raise temperature of Najib's India visit - Malaysiakini

If the list of demands by Hindraf to the Indian government is met, the scheduled meeting between foreign minister SM Krishna and Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is expected to be a hot affair.

"Foreign minister SM Krishna was really moved by the 'Malaysian Indian Minority & Human Rights Violations Annual Report 2009: Malaysia Truly Asia' which was distributed during the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas international conference recently," said Hindraf legal advisor P Uthayakumar.

hindraf btn 151209 uthayakumarAs such, Uthayakumar (right) said Krishna would likely highlight the 'human rights violations' against Indian Malaysians to Najib during the latter's maiden visit to the state starting today.

"We have also asked the Indian government to use diplomatic means to handle (the) issue," he said.

Uthayakumar was optimistic about India's intervention as the minister and a representative of an opposition party, Sushma Suvaraj, has also promised to look into the matter seriously and bring them to the attention of the Indian cabinet.

"Most of them were shocked (about) how Indians are being ill-treated and marginalised in Malaysia. This does not happen in other countries. Only in our country," he said.

About 1500 copies of the annual report was distributed to delegates from 53 countries.

'Trade sanctions proposed'

Among the requests submitted to the Indian government were to persuade it to terminate all present and future Malaysian company projects in India especially by Plus, Gamuda, IJN, Scomi and other Umno-linked companies.

Uthayakumar said India would also be asked to stop buying Malaysian palm oil and to halt all its information technology professionals from working here.

Hindraf has also proposed to India to imposed trade sanctions on Malaysia until all the atrocities and injustices against Indian Malaysians end.

When asked about the negative implications that Malaysia may encounter due to the trade sanctions proposed, Uthayakumar said this is the only option left.

"People may suffer for awhile but this is the only option left for us as Najib has refused to address and resolve the problem," he said.

Uthayakumar who is also the Human Rights Party secretary-general hopes that the Indian government would intervene and end the sufferings of marginalised Indians in Malaysia.

"Najib would know what to do during his official visit, but what concerns me the most are the human rights issues of Malaysia Indians," he said when asked to comment on what would be the outcome of Najib's maiden visit to India.

He said he would continue to fight for the rights of Indians even if he became a scapegoat or was again arrested by the ISA.