Monday, March 7, 2011

Hindraf to submit memo on racism to king

Royalty urged to set up a royal commission to end all kinds of discriminative policies.

PETALING JAYA: Hindraf Makkal Sakthi will be submitting a proposal to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin to urge for the setting of a royal commission to investigate institutionalised racism allegedly practised by the Umno-led government.

A memorandum containing the recommendation will be sent to the king on March 21 to mark International Day for the Elimination of Racism.

“The royal commission should report on the damage racism has caused and dismantle all racist policies in the country.

“The commission can also propose new policies and legislations that will embrace all citizens as equals in accordance with Article 8 of the Federal Constitution,” Hindraf Makkal Sakthi chairman P Waythamoorthy said.

He said that a royal move to dismantle discriminative policies would be in line with Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Waythamoorthy also said that cases of racial discord in Malaysia have accelerated at an alarming rate over the years.

“The minority races are hurt and neglected as they are unable to live freely with equal rights due to Umno’s racist policies.

“Now is the time to nourish our understanding and provide equality and freedom with policies that are colour blind,”said Waythamoorthy.