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Nothing moving for unit headed by Deputy Minister Waytha?

August 28th, 2013
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Received this via email. I just added the red color for focus. So, guess what – no name, no charter, no infrastructure procurement, no expert committee, no budget for 2013 and no planning for 2014 budget (next month gonna announce by PM).

Now push the ball to PM’s court and say Waytha will resign if nothing improves. Rightly so, as Waytha is just deputy minister and the minister in charge is PM himself. Our guess is that all the proposals has been made by Waytha and team but no approval given, thus no progress.

Now they know how hard things are. This is similar fate usually suffered by MIC, if and when they come out with proposals that require huge sums of money?

 

HINDRAF PRESS STATEMENT

Hindraf calls on Prime Minister Najib to get cracking on the Hindraf BN MOU

27th August 2013

The recent high pitched campaign by the police to address the rising crime rate in the country has helped to highlight the extent to which Indian youth are caught up in the whirlpool of crime. The fact that there is such a large involvement of the Indian young is a fairly recent phenomenon. This has not always been the case. This trend was set some 30 odd years ago in tandem with the massive forced displacement of Indian plantation workers out of their traditional abodes in the estates. This crime problem of the Indian young is only one of many, ailing the Indian community and is also only symptomatic of the more serious socio-economic problem.

It was against this background that Hindraf put out its five year Blueprint to address the situation of the displaced estate workers in a targeted and focussed manner with permanent and comprehensive solutions in mind. The Blueprint contained all the elements to address the socio-economic issues of the displaced estate workers which would have had a direct effect on this rising crime problem. The plan clearly addressed the many economic, social, physical and psychological factors that contributed to the marginalization of the Indian displaced estate workers – the path that leads to crime..

BN bought the Blueprint on the 18th of April 2013 in an MOU Agreement in an official ceremony and made a public promise to implement the Blueprint on returning to power. They returned to power on the 5th of May.

The most significant thing that that has been accomplished deriving from the MOU in the period since, is the appointment of Waytha Moorthy as a Deputy Minister.

The unit headed by Waytha Moorthy in the Prime Minister’s department has yet to be given a name. The charter of this unit has yet to be publicly confirmed. The infrastructure proposal for the unit has not been bought off. The Expert Steering Committee which is supposed to come out with the specific plan for addressing the income opportunities, housing and skills training for the Displaced Estate workers has yet to be even identified. The Budget proposed for 2013 has still not been deliberated upon, not to even mention the planning for the 2014 budget.

The process seems to be painfully slow. It is ironical that on the one hand, we have this situation with regards to crime being addressed in a hurried manner with these shootings and arrests and which does not assure sustainability anyway. On the other, we have a plan that promises to be a sure and sustainable remedy and which will have long term positive effects effectively delayed.

 The Prime Minister I am sure is behind the plan of the Home Minister to get aggressive in addressing the crime situation through the police. What he should be equally doing is to be behind Waytha Moorthy and get aggressive on rolling out the Blueprint.  He should speed matters up and get the implementation of the Blue print going. He should name Waytha ’s unit, he should publicly confirm its charter, he should immediately get the Expert Steering Committee going, he should approve the necessary infrastructure and budgets to implement the plan,

The current lacklustre and half-hearted approach is not going to win the hearts and minds of the affected Indian estate workers whose expectations are sky high because of the public promises during the recently concluded GE. They want “Janji mesti di tepati and Nambikei” to mean something tangible.

We hope the Prime Minster will get things moving without further delay. The Blueprint and its implementation through the unit is the last hope the Indian community places on the government. If Prime Minster Najib fails to keep his promises, he is looking at an imminent resignation of Waytha Moorthy from government and we believe this will permanently shift the Indian voter completely away from BN on a long term basis.

It is now in the Prime Minister’s hand which way all this will go. For our part we only want to see correction of a serious historical wrong.

N.Ganesan

Hindraf National Adviser.

Waytha requests to meet PM Najib Razak and PR leader Anwar Ibrahim

August 30th, 2012
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This is interesting. I wonder which of the requests will be successful. None, both or one of them? PM Najib may say he has the MIC and other NGOs, so why bother with Waytha and Hindraf. Or he may think that this is good opportunity to bring Hindraf into his side as its still has strong support in some areas.  Not sure about Anwar as he may agree to meet and nothing concrete may turn up.

Anyhow, I agree that much more could have been done all this while by both sides. They’ve been pussyfooting and doing small stuff and make its sound so grand.

 

Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) chairperson P Waythamoorthy, who returned to Malaysia earlier this month, has requested to meet Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim separately to discuss approaches to permanently addressing the socio-economic problems of marginalised Indians.

In a statement issued today, he said, “Hindraf believes all past and current approaches fall way below the power curve needed to resolve the problem permanently.

“It is also Hindraf’s belief that a permanent solution and the mechanics to arriving at the solution lies first in a proper definition of the problem, something we believe has eluded the policy-makers and problem-solvers up to now.

“To achieve this there need to be prerequisite political will. This is also another key element that has been missing in all past and current efforts”.

Yesterday,the movement delivered two letters to both leaders respectively requesting for the meetings.

Waythamoorthy said the meetings are to confirm first, the demonstration of that political will and then to work out the details and modalities for the solution.

“We are approaching this initiative with an open mind and are willing to talk to both the leaders as they both share the leadership of the governments in the country.”

‘We will let the people decide’

Waythamoorthy urged Najib and Anwar, who he calls “prime-minister-in-waiting”, to view this as an opportunity to demonstrate their seriousness and commitment to resolving the socio-economic problems of the marginalised Indian community.

“We have requested that both the leaders respond back within two weeks or by Sept 11 to our request for this meeting. It is also our intention to get the meetings going before the end of September 2012. We look forward to having these meetings.

“We will let the people decide on the respective attitudes shown by the leaders in their responses to our request. But we will go on, nevertheless, as we have ‘miles to go before we sleep’,” he added.

Waythamoorthy left the country soon after the Hindraf rally in November 2007 to take the movement’s campaign global. His passport was revoked on April 2008.

After nearly five years of self exile, he returned to the country on Aug 1 without a hitch.

source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/207373

HRP turnaround with IFs

April 6th, 2010
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I’m getting more worried about HRP. First, they said won’t support any candidate. And today, Uthaya is saying will support Zaid with some “ifs”.  I don’t this is the right way to proceed as it will affect the integrity. I would rather if HRP goes to ground and educate the voters to make right decision. DON”T DECIDE FOR VOTERS. Go to ground, explain your cause, explain what voters should expect, explain the rights and wrongs of both coalition. Tell them about money politics, about bribing voters, about giving handouts. Tell them to think about the future of their district. Ask them to evaluate. Ask them to ask the candidates what they can do or have done.

Even though I’m in full support of getting land for Tamil schools, let the voters ask, instead of another party making conditions. Let the Indian voters say to candidates: allocate land for Tamil school and you get my vote. Let’s see which candidate dare to do it.

But do bear in mind, Tamil school issue only affects Indian community. The other communities are not bothered about it.  So, I think it won’t really affect the PR coalition if HRP doesn’t support PR because current ratings indicate Indian community is giving thumbs up to PM Najib (according to Merdeka Center, 71%).

Human Rights Party (HRP) pro-tem secretary-general P Uthayakumar is willing to back fellow Kelantanese and Pakatan Rakyat coordinator Zaid Ibrahim in the forthcoming Hulu Selangor by-election.

Earlier the party said it would not get involved. However, this dramatic ‘about-turn’ comes, in his words, with two ifs – one small and another big.

The small if: “Zaid should prevail on the other Ibrahim, Anwar, to approve land for all the 98 Tamil schools in Selangor,” said Uthaya. “If he doesn’t stand in Hulu Selangor as we expect, we will still support any other candidate who replaces him.”

Tamil schools sitting on their own land, according to Uthaya (right), would be eligible for federal government aid and grants. “We need to educate all our children irrespective of who they are including the stateless, foreigners, illegals and refugees. Children are the future of the nation and the world.”

Uthaya disclosed that his party, the unofficial political wing of Hindraf, has a long list of more than 100 Indian issues to take up with the authorities. But for the moment he would be happy to settle for the resolution of one issue – land for Tamil schools in Selangor.

“We don’t want grand announcements and hollow pledges,” warned Uthaya. “We want the state government to pledge in writing. The media will be our witness.”

Once bitten twice shy, continued Uthaya, “considering what a disappointment Lim Guan Eng – the Penang chief minister – has been.”

In the absence of a written pledge, the fear among Indian voters is that they would be forgotten again after one brief moment of glory as kingmakers.

The moment that the Selangor government makes its pledge in writing on land for Tamil schools in the state, HRP will be ready to reconsider its earlier position of studied neutrality in Hulu Selangor.

“Our members and activists from Hindraf will be ready to spring into action to bring in the votes for Zaid or whoever else stands in place of him,” swore Uthaya. “MIC won’t be a problem because they have actually written off the Indian votes.”

The HRP chief estimates that Pakatan can win in Hulu Selangor – a BN stronghold – if it bags a little over 4,000 of the 12,000-odd Indian votes.

This coupled with the majority of Chinese votes and a significant minority of Malay votes is sufficient to deny BN the parliamentary seat, according to Uthaya.

He reckons that BN doesn’t need the Indian votes to win but fielding an Indian candidate would be a bonus for them.

Earlier, before he came up with the land for Tamil schools proposal, Uthaya had asked Zaid whether he could cite even one instance where he spoke up seriously on Indian issues.

“We will help in Hulu Selangor if Zaid (left) can do that,” said Uthaya. “He may have done so (speaking up) on some minor issues but even here we are not sure.”

The big ‘if’ to win HRP’s and Hindraf’s support in Hulu Selangor is that the Selangor state government take the lead to stop ‘mandore politics’.

Uthaya didn’t ask for any written pledges here and this is more for future ties between HRP/Hindraf and Pakatan.

Uthaya explained ‘mandore politics’ as a situation where Indian legislators in the opposition, as in the BN, were reduced to the level of mandores in dealing with the community.

The work of the mandore politician is to announce empty pledges and have these suitably recorded in the Tamil media.

“We can see why mandore politics is happening in the opposition alliance,” said Uthaya. “Just like Samy Vellu and his MIC, the opposition alliance thinks that Indians are more foolish than the Malays and Chinese when it comes to politics.”

Uthaya pointed out that the Chinese and Malay communities, unlike Indians, are not plagued by the problem of mandore politics “because they would not tolerate this supreme insult for even a moment”.

The HRP chief sees a bleak future for the opposition alliance unless it can work together with his party and Hindraf to create a wave that would translate into votes. Of particular concern is the 67 parliamentary seats in Peninsular Malaysia where the Indians are the deciding factor.

Zaid was not immediately available for comment. Uthaya’s proposal, communicated to him via text message, drew no response.

Earlier, before Uthaya came up with the carrots for Zaid, the latter confessed in a text message that he had no idea who would be the PKR candidate for Hulu Selangor. He did not indicate whether he would be interested.

But it learnt that he’s keen to stand in Hulu Selangor provided he stands a 50-50 chance. Apparently he doesn’t mind even losing in the process as long as he does well in the by-election in terms of the votes garnered.

However Hindraf chair Waythamoorthy (right), speaking from Singapore, fears for Zaid in Hulu Selangor if Anwar continues labeling Hindraf as racist.

“Anwar called Hindraf racist twice within a week recently,” fumed Waythamoorthy. “He told a Tamil daily in Kuala Lumpur that Hindraf was racist and repeated the same thing in London a week later.”

Ironically, said Waythamoorthy, Anwar’s people at the same time keep appealing to him to highlight the Sodomy II trial in the international theatre.

The Early Day Motion on Anwar Ibrahim, introduced not so long ago in the British Parliament, is one such effort that Hindraf has made in recent weeks, stressed Waythamoorthy.

“At least the man should show a little gratitude,” he added.

HINDRAF not racist while HRP says no to pact with Pakatan

February 8th, 2010
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I guess when no else is bothered to fight for the community, then it will look like HINDRAF is racist. I don’t really see other people raising issue of temple demolition or lock-up deaths, unless there’s some political mileage. And its not as if HINDRAF is denying anyone of their rights (unless you consider inequality and privileges as rights). Instead they focus on creating awareness among the Indian community of the inequality that exists for the last half century. The are having their hands full with limited man power, so can’t really blame them for focusing on the Indian community. Anyway, I do remember Hindraf protesting against the death of a Malay youth who went berserk in Kedah and attacked the police with a kitchen knife. Do you think if HINDRAF had more man power, they will be able to cover more lock-up deaths, demolition of places of worship, displaced residents, and other injustices?

Another problem is their name, which implies that the group represents Hindus only. I think Uthaya had clarified in one of his interview about the origin of their name, which was due to the temple demolition cases they took up since last 10 years or so – a issue that no one else took up. He also mentioned that HINDRAF is for everyone who has been denied justice. If the name is really a bother, then just open a new group. The detractors will disappear. Anyway, what’s in a name. The important thing is the essence.

However, I don’t agree when Waytha says “It’s not my business to speak up for them” in reference to non-Indian Malaysians. Even though HINDRAF is not focused on many other issues, it did speak up for the East Malaysians and the few odd cases here and there.

Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) chairperson P Waythamoorthy has denied that he is spearheading a racist movement.

“We just can’t understand this racist label pinned on us through no fault of our own,” he told Malaysiakini.

“People who say that we are racists should first examine the meaning and definition of the term,” added the Hindraf leader who was given political asylum in Britain.

Waythamoorthy was responding to an avalanche of public comments against him.

This followed mostly calls in Sabah and Sarawak that PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim should re-assess his position in the party.

Waythamoorthy was quoted in thearticle as well.

He reiterated his charge that Umno has over the past half-century finally degenerated into a racist organisation.

But he disagreed with the assertion that Hindraf and Umno are similar or that it is a case of “the pot calling the kettle black”.

“A racist is one who denies other people their place in the sun and their legitimate rights under the Federal Constitution. That’s Umno. That’s the truth whether some people like it or not.

“A person fighting for his place in the sun and his rights under the Federal Constitution – read Hindraf – cannot by any stretch of the imagination be labeled racist. That would be defamation,” he stressed.

The Hindraf view is that Umno has in fact emerged as the single greatest threat to the security of Malaysia “because of the irresponsible and infantile manner in which they conduct their politics”.

He cited the lingering ‘Allah’ controversy as an example.

Only Indian issues

The Hindraf chair also readily admitted that he only talks about Malaysians of Indian-origin all the time and their issues.

However, Waythamoorthy sees nothing wrong with this approach “since we are in line with the Declaration of the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities adopted as Resolution 47/135 by the UN General Assembly on Dec 18, 1992”.

He claimed that if he and his brother Uthayakumar do not speak up on Indian issues as human rights lawyers, “no one else in Malaysia will”.

Uthayakumar, the elder brother of Waythamoorthy, is the pro-tem president of the Human Rights Party (HRP).

While dismissing MIC as a party led by a “bunch of self-serving sycophants”, Waythamoorthy also claimed that Pakatan’s Indian reps have been barred from raising issues concerning the community “for fear that they will show up Pakatan as being ineffective and antagonize the non-Indians”.

“I am an Indian. I know only Indian issues and no one is taking up their cause,” he reiterated on what “is good enough for him.”

“I know that other Malaysians are also being systematically marginalised as well by the system. It’s not my business to speak up for them,” he said.

‘Examine your conscience’

The Hindraf chair again stressed that he has done his part for other Malaysians by arranging a briefing on the Malaysia Agreement at the House of Commons in London on March 9.

The delegation of other Malaysians to the briefing is expected to be led by Jeffrey Kitingan who, among others, heads the Borneo Forum, an NGO.

Elsewhere, Waythamoorthy has also made contacts with the British Prime Minister’s Office, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Commonwealth Secretariat to bring the plight of Sabah and Sarawak to world attention.

He also hopes to help East Malaysian states at the European Parliament, the US State Department and the United Nations just as he has done for Hindraf.

“We have been reaching out to other Malaysians in our own way although we are very busy pushing our own case worldwide.

“If I am a racist, surely I won’t lift even a finger to help others fight for their place in the sun,” he said.

Following that, HINDRAF says it would not create a pact with Pakatan Rakyat again, having learnt its lesson from the earlier liason. This may be a ploy, maybe to get the attention of the other coalition or to warn Pakatan.  HINDRAF on its own can only be like a pain in the posterior, never really able to make a crucial impact on the overall election process.

Hindraf brothers P Waythamoorthy and Uthayakumar have categorically ruled out another polls pact with Pakatan Rakyat, with their previous support for the opposition alliance being seen as “a flash in the pan”.

“Any debate on Hindraf backing Pakatan at the polls is like flogging a dead horse. The question does not arise at all,” Waythamoorthy said by phone from London.

He added that the two brothers are willing to work with anyone “short of the devil”, on the agenda for change and reform.

“This must not be seen as a polls pact. No one is going to ride to victory any more at the polls on the backs of Indian Malaysians.”

He was giving his take on a report that Pakatan can win back its lost Indian votes by teaming up with the now-outlawed Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf).

It was the Indian vote in 67 key parliamentary seats that gave Pakatan the winning edge in five states and Kuala Lumpur, in the 2008 general election.

The votes were marshalled by Hindraf after the Nov 25, 2007 street demonstration in Kuala Lumpur and the more peaceful ‘rose rally’ in Putrajaya on Feb 16, 2008.

Waythamoorthy further claimed that Pakatan is doing nothing in the states that it governs to end the continued marginalisation of the Indian community from the mainstream.

This is the main reason why a future election pact is not on the table.

“Indian legislators in the opposition have been forbidden from raising issues of the community in any forum, public or private” he alleged.

Complaints against Pakatan

Waythamoorthy said his brother is in agreement with him that they need to keep a good distance from Pakatan, explaining this was on a ‘once bitten, twice shy’ basis.

Uthayakumar (left) is pro-tem head of the Human Rights Party – described as Hindraf’s political wing – while Waythamoorthy leads Hindraf Makkal Sakthi, the new face of Hindraf.

Waythamoorthy trotted out a litany of complaints against Pakatan, in particular, several of its leaders.

De facto PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim is said to have misled the Indian community on the post of deputy menteri besar in Selangor, among other matters.

Both Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and his deputy P Ramasamy are seen as having turned against the community since the last general election.

And worse is HINDRAF’s political arm, HRP, says it may stand for election in Perak if there’s a snap polls. Imagine HRP candidate taking up PAS’s Nizar. Hmm…sure recipe for a disastrous loss for HRP.

The Human Rights Party may pose a candidate against former Pakatan Rakyat menteri besar Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin in Pasir Panjang, Perak, should state elections be called.

HRP pro-tem secretary-general P Uthayakumar announced at the Sitiawan Recreation Club over the weekend that the party – the political wing of Hindraf – will also contest in six other seats.

These are Buntong, Hutan Melintang, Jalong, Changkat Jong, Jelapang and Sungkai.

As a result, there will be a likelihood of a three-way contest in these seats. There are 59 state seats in Perak.

The Federal Court will rule tomorrow as to whether to allow Nizar’s appeal to challenge Barisan Nasional’s Zambry Abd Kadir as the menteri besar.

Nizar has promised to call for state elections to resolve the political imbroglio if he wins. Zambry, however, will continue to lead the silver state if he emerges victorious.

Perak’s constitutional crisis has been going on since Feb 6 last year.

Buntong has 46.2 percent Indians

Uthayakumar said it is likely that the HRP may contest, either under its own banner or field Independents.

Of the seven state seats, Buntong has the highest number of Indian voters, comprising 46.2 percent of the electorate.

It is followed by Hutan Melintang (32.1 percent), Jalong (26.7 percent) and Changkat Jong (26 percent)

Jelapang, Pasir Panjang and Sungkai have fewer than 20 percent Indian voters.

Uthayakumar announced the formation of the HRP, which he described as a multiracial party, on July 19 last year.

“We will fight our own cause… we can’t count on others to do so for us,” he said, adding that Pakatan Rakyat, like Barisan Nasional, is not addressing the needs of marginalised groups.

Waytha, Public Enemy No 1

December 16th, 2009
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This is serious allegation indeed. All along, I thought “Dadah” was “musuh negara”, but it seems BTN says its Waythamoorthy. Hmm…were the presentation materials screened? Is it standardised across all camps?

Hindraf is dead set against the National Civics Bureau (BTN) courses as it demonises the movement’s chairperson P Waythamoorthy in its modules as Public Enemy No 1.

It’s political wing, the Human Rights Party’s pro-tem secretary-general P Uthayakumar alleged that the Nov 25, 2007 Hindraf protests are screened at BTN courses, and an image of Waythamoorthy is shown, captioned as ‘musuh utama negara’ (public enemy number one).

Meanwhile, DAP’s Kota Alam Shah assemblyperson, M Manoharan said he feared for Indian Malaysians as BTN trainees have systematically implemented Umno’s racist, religious and supremacist policies.

“The standard operating procedure is to implement (what is) taught at BTN courses. They are attemping to portray Indians as dangerous and violent people,” said Manoharan.