Saturday, October 2, 2010

Najib, clean up Islamophobia in Malaysia first

By P Waytha Moorthy,

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak should look into his own backyard at how the minority Malaysian Indians and the non-Malays suffer from Islamophobia through BTN, Jakim, Rela, the judiciary, Perkasa and practically every organ of the government institution against the minorities in Malaysia.

Coerced sharia law onto non-Muslims, forceful conversion, statelessness, body-snatching, direct insults similar to the cow head incident that prevails through state-sponsored institutions in Malaysia are classic examples of Islamophobia that affect the tenet of human rights in Malaysia for minorities that needs to be rectified and curtailed before Najib goes to the US to preach how to assist the Barack Obama on Islamophobia.

There are ample examples for this as per the Everest Moorthy, Indra Gandhi and Baggarama cases, the slurs against non-Muslim students by the headmistress and the latest on the issuance of a derogatory statement by a BTN official against non-Muslims.

All the above happens without a wink of an eye against the minorities in Malaysia and even more accommodated by the government, yet here we have the premier offering a publicity speech on assisting on Islamophobia in US to Obama.

Najib, your Islamophabia preaching is a ‘red herring’ argument whereby in doing so; you intend to mislead and distract the discussion away from the issues under debate and instead focus attention on publicity stunts.

The Islamophobia is perpetrated to the highest extent in Malaysia through your administration’s practice towards the minority so how will you be able to assist Obama when you can’t even clean up your own backyard?

If you look at the incidents that occur in Malaysia as discussed above, it definitely gives the credence to Ismaophobia as an irrational fear or prejudice towards Islam and Muslims seems to prevail. It is no more a theological belief system for what is humane but becomes a cult institution perpetrated by the Malaysian institution against what is a basic right for minorities.

Frankly, looking at how a majority Islam-based government in Malaysia and its organs treats its minorities in Malaysia for the last 53 years; it would enlighten any nation of its ramifications.

The writer is chairperson, Hindraf.

Permanent solution and land titles for poor Indian villages cum settlements like for Malay, Orang Asli, Kadazan, Iban and Chinese. But which are systematically “ethnically cleansed” by DAP, PKR, PAS and UMNO in bi racial One Malay-sia.


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Date : 1st October 2010

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Re: Permanent solution and land titles for poor Indian villages cum settlements like for Malay, Orang Asli, Kadazan, Iban and Chinese. But which are systematically “ethnically cleansed” by DAP, PKR, PAS and UMNO in bi racial One Malay-sia.

We refer to the above matter on the need to stop all and any further demolishment of Indian villages cum settlements which are also the history and heritage of this country.

In the latest case reported in today’s New Straits Times (1/10/10 at page S2) the family of S.V.Sugayindan (55) who has been occupying their land for more than five generations has now been given notice to vacate their 2.02 hectres of land they are occupying in Kg Haji Abdullah Hukum, Bangsar despite he having a black and white Grant of Letters of Administration granted by the High Court in 1964 for the transfer of estate from his grandfather to his father.

The Kuala Lumpur City Hall refused to acknowledge this legal document but instead deem them as squatters and wants to demolish his ancestral village within one month.

Sugayindran also claims that the government had taken several parts of the land for various projects since 1964 without compensating his family. “For years they have taken our land without even giving us a sen. For even just this one man Sugayindran, he was never offered the RM4 Million the UMNO government has offered to each of the 5,000 Kg Baru Malay muslim villagers in the 80 hectres Kampong Baru which was in the 1960’s granted land titles and is now worth RM80 Billion as said by the Federal Territories Minister Raja Nong Chik. (UM 19/2/10 at page 27).

Also in today’s Sinar Harian (SH 1/10/10 at page S23) three siblings M Aruchunan (54), M Ratnom (51) and M Rabas Sanderek (45) who have been living on their land for 50 years are now forced to move out by the Selangor PKR government. And again they were never offered the RM 4 Million offered to Kg Baru Malays but are forced to buy a RM30,000.00 low cost flats.

The aforesaid happenings to the Indian poor is just the tip of the iceberg. From our monitoring, it happens on an almost day to day basis. On average almost every day some Indian poor is served an eviction notice or is evicted from their only homes.

Unlike for the Indian poor, there are even 507 permanent Chinese New Villages with land titles nationwide receiving RM55 Million allocation @ RM500,000.00 per Chinese village. (The Star 11/8/10 at page N18).

There are similarly thousands of permanent villages with land titles for the Malay, Orang Asli, Kadazan and Iban poor.

Today in real terms the poor Indians do not have permanent villages like these poor Malays, Orang Asli, Kadazan, Iban and Chinese as they have been denied their due land titles from the word go.

We have taken note that within one month of coming to power in Perak the DAP, PKR & PAS government granted up to 110,000 Malays, Chinese and Orang Asli land as follows:-

Utusan Malaysia on 1/1/2009 reported that “349 Rancangan Perkampungan Tersusun (RPT) and 134 New Villages in Perak with 110,000 and 102,000 (60,000) titles respectively to be given out irrespective of the National Land Councils orders involving almost all Malay and Chinese owners and land recipients. Freehold titles for just RM63.00 for 110,000 planned villages (almost 99% Malay) and 102,000 (60,000) (estimated at almost 99% Chinese) Chinese New Villagers in Perak. “The value of these properties will then go up and they can apply for bank loans to rebuilt their houses” says Datuk Ngae Koo Ham, the Senior DAP EXCO Member for Perak (NST 10/10/2008 at page 23). The PKR, DAP and PAS Perak State government also allocated 1,000 hectares (about 2,500 acres) of land to nine Chinese schools “for them to generate revenue to pay for their operational expenses” says PAS Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Nizar Jamaluddin (NST 31/8/2008 at page 38). The schools were urged to form a company to work the land and share the profits among themselves. The Pakatan Rakyat Menteri Besar also donated RM30,000.00 for each of the nine schools.

Further the 3.3 hectares of land for every orang asli family was approved. 18,000 hectares of forest land have been gazetted as orang asli reserve and another 30,000 hectares more are waiting to be gazetted, says Perak Senior EXCO Member Datuk Ngae Koo Ham (NST 20/9/2008 at page 20).

Enough has been said about the demolishment by DAP of Kg Buah Pala in Penang, the last traditional Indian village in Penang Island.

Also the small Indian farms and settlements demolished by the Kedah state government.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of land granted to the poor Malay, Chinese and the Orang Asli. But a similar permanent being granted land titles solution has never been granted to the poor Indians. Why?

Why are they are systematically “ethnically cleansed”?

Why one rule for the poor Indians and another for the poor Malays, orang asli, Iban, Kadazan and Chinese? in bi racial One Malay-sia. Why take advantage and bully these poor Indians who are powerless and helpless as they have no economic power and are poor and politically powerless?
As a permanent solution, we hereby call for all Indian villages and settlements nationwide to be forthwith granted land titles and for there to be a permanent, lasting and wholesome solution instead of systematically “ethnically cleansing” them one by one and then either offering them a token sum of cash or nothing at all or peanuts flats to be bought which they may not be able to buy or because of poverty and/or old age cannot get a loan in the first place or cannot even pay the monthly installments and are evicted when their property is auctioned. They are then back on the streets or end up like the – Three day old baby in cramped up low cost flat with 20 others including 13 children is height of urban Indian poverty. (The Star 13/7/10 at page N6).

Kindly revert to us accordingly.

Thank You.

Yours Faithfully,



Secretary General (pro-tem)