Thursday, March 18, 2010

Doors are closed on Waythamoorthy

The Malay Mail,
Hindraf leader barred from returning to Malaysia because of his anti-constitutional stance

KUALA LUMPUR: P. Waythamoorthy, the self-styled leader of Hindraf, who fled Malaysia for refuge in the United Kingdom, is not welcomed home.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz said the government was not willing to allow him back.

"Although he has confided he wants to return, the government has closed the doors on him," Nazri told The Malay Mail at the Parliament lobby yesterday.

Nazri said the drastic decision was made not because he was fighting for the rights of Tamils in Malaysia but because of his stance that Article 152 of the Federal Constitution concerning Malay rights be abolished.

On several occasions, Waythamoorthy, had remarked in public that the inherent rights of Malays in the constitution must be removed.

According to Nazri, the large majority of "our Tamil brothers" are loyal to the constitution and the rules but only want a bit more equality and a reasonable share of the economic cake.

In April 2008, the Malaysian authorities revoked Waythamoorthy’s passport.

He travels on a United Nations' document issued by the British Government which granted him political asylum last year after the revocation of his passport.

Presently, he resides in London after five Hindraf activists, led by its founder P. Uthayakumar, who is Waythamoorthy's elder brother, were detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) in December 2007.

All five detainees were released shortly after Datuk Seri Najib Razak became Prime Minister last April.

A Tamil daily reported last week that Waythamoorthy and Hindraf adviser N. Ganesan went to the House of Commons to endear the British Parliamentarians on what he claims as the marginalisation of ethnic Indians in Malaysia.

The report added that Hindraf had joined forces with a group representing the interests of indigenous groups from Sabah and Sarawak, represented by Common Interest Group Malaysia (Cigma) activists Daniel John Jambun and Nicholas Bawin Anggat.

Both groups insisted that Britain had a historical, legal and moral obligation towards former subjects in its ex-colonies.

Ganesan alleged the Indian community, largely the descendants of indentured plantation labourers brought into Malaya by the British from Tamil Nadu, were being systematically marginalised by the government.

Last September, Waythamoorty stated he wanted the Malaysian government to give him back his passport.

He said he was prepared to take responsibility for his actions, even at the risk of being detained under the Internal Security Act.

He had also said the government owed him an apology and holds Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar, the former Home Minister, responsible for revoking his passport.

Syed Hamid, however, denied he had ordered it.

UMNO force Tamil school in containers Qualifies for Guinness Book of World Records

Tamil school pupils in SJKT Jugra in Banting have to study in a steel box, cramped up and in claustrophobic conditions because of shortage of classrooms, and 214 Tamil school pupils are cramped into six classrooms and two classes had to be held in either the library or canteen. The library and allocated space for the classes are only separated by book racks. A visit by the Malay Mail found that the library was not only lacking in reading material, it could only fit less than 15 pupils at one time. (MM 24/2/2010 at page 5).

How come this does not happen to any Malay, Islamic, Chinese or Arabic schools in Malaysia?

As usual to add insult to injury UMNO gets it’s Indian mandore to do a wayang kulit giving the impression as if UMNO had done a favour to the Indians and this is blasted in the three Tamil newspapers, Tamil Radio and TV Tamil news.

P. Uthayakumar

16, 793 voters changed address 11, 163, 409 registered voters

(Refer BH 24/02/2010 at page 6)

This is in furtherance of the Indian political empowerment strategy – where Indian voters in the first leg are to register as voters in Kulim, Perai, Buntong, Seri Andalas, Port Dickson and Tanah Rata which all have from an average of 30% to 46% Indian voters.

P. Uthayakumar.

99% Pantai Dalam stalls, Kuala Lumpur by Malays and Indonesians

Almost all the illegal stalls along Jalan Pantai Dalam leading to Pantai Hill Park are either owned and run by Malay muslims or Indonesian. Despite the traffic jam it is casing it is allowed by UMNO because the Malays benefit. The only stalls operated by Indians are a car wash and that too because the Malays do not prefer to do this business. An Indian hair stylist rents this illegal stall from a Malay.

There are a large number of illegal Indonesian stalls selling food, goring pisang, phone shops, fruit shops, etc. Hundreds of such stalls perated by the Indians have been demolished within months. But these Pantai Dalam stalls have existed for a good long 30 years already. But never mind for UMNO because it is either the Malay or Indonesian muslims who are the operators. And now this 30 years will be further extended by the Federal Territories Minister announcing that the stalls will only be demolished upon buildi\ng the new stalls.

P. Uthayakumar.

UMNOs’ RM 300 Million to Felda, Felcra and Risda. Indians excluded.

UMNO has granted RM 300 million to look at ways to improve production and market the produce of the three agencies.

But one million or so pre-existing Indian plantation workers have been completely excluded from opportunities in these ten acre land ownership schemes, but a token participation of an estimated 1% in Felda.

But for Malay-sian Prime Minister Najib this is One Malay-sia.

P. Uthayakumar.

Indians excluded by UMNO & PKR Felda’s Bisnes Tani & Pasar Tani

Indians excluded by UMNO & PKR Felda’s Bisnes Tani & Pasar Tani

(UM Mega 19/2/2010 at page 1,2,3,4)

The Agriculture and Agriculture based Industry Ministry, Mardi, Fama, are all backing up the 322 Fama participants of contract farming in 949.86 hectres of land in Selangor alone.

But UMNO & PKR has deliberately excluded the poor and underprivileged Indians from this scheme.

When PKR Selangor could grant 949.86 hectres of agriculture land to the poor Malay muslims why is there not a single hectre of this Fama land ever granted to the thousands of poor and underprivileged Indians since PKR has been in power for two years now? As it stands they are no different from UMNO vis a vis the poor Indians.

P. Uthayakumar

JKKK helps (only poor Malay muslims).

The Jawatankuasa Kemajuan dan Keselamatan Kampong (JKKK), the lowest and grassroots level government body was created to help all Malaysians at the very grassroots level.

But in reality the grassroots Indians excluded from this JKKK help.

Right from the poor Indians needing welfare help, medical help, Sosco help, Indian orphans, Hindu temple and cemetery land, land for Tamil schools and Indian settlements, are all ignored or prevented from being channeled to the appropriate authorities, causing hundreds of thousands of Indians from being excluded from the national mainstream development of Malaysia by this Malay-sian JKKK.

But Prime Minister Najib Razak otherwise cries One Malay-sia.

P. Uthayakumar