Article 10 provides for freedom of expression and the author of Interlok is entitled to his literary works. But making the UMNO racist and religious supremacist Interlok Book as a compulsory book in order to pass SPM is another matter altogether; it is mischievous, degressive and an attempt to continue suppressing, oppressing and depressing the Indian poor in One Malay-sia. What is the motive of the Education Ministry in compelling our students to study about the degressive thoughts of the author? We hereby propose that Interlok is forthwith replaced by the 400 page “25th November 2007 Hindraf Rally” by P. Uthayakumar which outlines the current very serious problems faced by the Malaysian Indian poor by being excluded and segregated from the National mainstream development of Malay-sia under the UMNO regime’s racist and religious supremacist policies. Unlike Interlok, 25th November 2007 is progressive in having identified UMNO racism and religious supremacy policies of excluding and segregating the Indian poor from the national mainstream development of Malay-sia, equal rights and in particular equal job, educational, scholarship, licences and business opportunities as the way forward and progressive. Talking about the Interlok the Indian poor may actually have been better off 150 to 200 years ago when they were brought into Malaya. At least they had an attap hut in their villages in India to sell or mortagage to raise money top come to Malaysia (see page 210). And upon arriving in Malaya they were free to sell kacang putih, ice water, mee (goring) rice (food) or the kandar tea. Many could save enough to even set up a food shop in India when they finally returned home. But in One Malay-sia today an Indian poor unlike a Malay muslim poor is excluded and segregated from setting up a kacang putih, ice water, mee goreng food or a tea stall. Even when they have attempted, their stalls are demolished within months if not within weeks. Because of the UMNO racist and religious supremacist policies, the Indian poor cannot even afford to pay RM 124 being their monthly rentals and end up 20 including a one month old baby living in one small government low cost flats, if not made homeless and having to sleep on the streets. And their can they go back to India as an estimated 450,000 Malay-sian Indian poor have been rendered stateless when they have even been denied their innate Birth Certificates and Identity Cards. This level of racist and religious extremist atrocities does not happen in any other part of the world. (see Malaysian Indian Minority & Human Rights Violations Annual Report 2010). In conclusion replace this Interlok book with 25th November 2007 Hindraf Rally Book as the compulsory book for all Form 5 students as the very least attempt to undo the injustices the these Indian poor. (see NST 13/1/11 at page 6) “Rights not Mercy” S.JAYATHAS Information Chief HINDRAF & HRP
Activist Uthayakumar is pleased with the results of his New Delhi meeting with senior officials of the Indian opposition party.
GEORGE TOWN: A senior MP in India has promised to pursue the idea of forming a parliamentary caucus to fight for the rights of Malaysian Indians, according to human rights lawyer P Uthayakumar.
He said Avinash Rai Khanna, who heads the Barathiya Janata Party (BJP) in Punjab, would confer on the matter with BJP supremo Lal Krishna Advani and parliamentary opposition leader Sushma Suvaraj.
Uthayakumar and several other delegates from Hindraf Makkal Sakthi and the Malaysian Human Rights Party (HRP) were in New Delhi recently to attend a conference on the Indian diaspora.
They had a meeting last Monday with Avinash and other BJP officials at that party’s headquarters in the Indian capital.
“It was a major breakthrough in our efforts to form the caucus,” he told FMT today.
“BJP officials were shell shocked to learn of the level of atrocities befalling the Malaysian Indian poor.”
They had thought of Malaysia only as a “prosperous and fair country with the world’s tallest twin towers”, he added.
Avinash was one of nine senior BJP officials at the meeting. Among the others were the party’s Kashmir chief, Dr Nirmal Singh, secretary-general Vijay Goel and supreme court judge Sudhir Aggarwal.
Aggarwal heads BJP’s human rights cell, of which Avinash is a member The meeting was facilitated by Vivek Goyal, a senior lawyer and Hindraf sympathiser.
Human rights violations
“The caucus would be an important group to lobby the New Delhi administration to pressure its Malaysian counterpart to address and resolve the Indian predicament,” Uthayakumar said.
“Hindraf-HRP and the caucus will be a thorn in the flesh in New Delhi-Putrajaya ties until the plight of Malaysian Indians has been addressed.
“The caucus aside, Avinash nonetheless will raise the question of serious human rights violations against poor Malaysian Indians by the Umno-led Putrajaya administration.”
He said Avinash had promised to speak up on such Malaysian Indian problems as statelessness, forced conversion to Islam and discrimination in employment and education.
At Monday’s meeting, Uthayakumar briefed the BJP officials on the contents of the Hindraf-HRP report on Malaysian Indian Minority and Human Rights Violations for the year 2010.
The report noted that the first batch of students under the Universiti Sains Malaysia international medical programme commenced classes last September in Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College in Belgaum, Karnataka, India. Of the 74 students in the programme, only one is Indian. She is Abilasha Nair of Johor.
Uthayakumar said he also told the BJP officials that the 15 ethnic Indian MPs in Malaysia were all political mandores playing to the dominant Malay-Chinese gallery.
The rally's estimated to be 100 000 people gathered outside the Petronas Twin Towers at midnight, early Sunday morning.At least 240 people were detained, but half of them were later released. One day before the rally, police arrested three HINDRAF lawyers, P. Uthayakumar, P. Waytha Moorthy and V. Ganabatirau for sedition charges. Uthayakumar and Ganabatirau posted bail of 800 Malaysian ringgits each, but Waytha Moorthy refused bail as a sign of protest.