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Monday, 10 February 2014

Hindraf chairman media-shy over reports of his resignation

PETALING JAYA: Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) chairman P. Waytha Moorthy continues to evade the media following reports that he is relinquishing all his positions in the Government and the Senate today.

Calls to his handphone went unanswered and he did not reply to reporters’ messages.

His former colleague in Hindraf, S. Jayathas, said that Waytha’s eight-month stint as Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department had been a waste, both for him and the organisation.

Jayathas, who is a PKR member, also said that Hindraf should have thrown its lot with Pakatan Rakyat after the general election instead of trusting the Government.

Asked if there was a possibility of a reconciliation between the two factions in Hindraf, Jayathas said it would be difficult.

“Many are angry over Waytha’s decision to work with the Government.”

In a related development, Dewan Negara Speaker Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang said Waytha should have notified the Senate of his decision to resign through an official letter before making any announcement or statement.

He said he heard the news through the media, adding that he had yet to receive any letter from Waytha.

Meanwhile, MIC deputy president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said that Waytha’s resignation would not affect efforts and programmes to help the Indian community.

Waytha’s resignation, he said, was a personal thing and would not deny the Indians representation in the Government.

“I don’t think they have raised any issues which have not been raised before because we (MIC) have virtually raised all of those issues,” he told reporters at a Hindu temple here yesterday.

Asked whether MIC would open its door and work with Waytha to improve the community, Subramaniam said that it was not impossible, although it would depend on the positive mindset and the common ground that both sides could work on.

Hindraf, in its statement on Saturday, quoted the Government’s failure to keep its promises made under a memorandum of understanding signed before the May 5, 2013 general election as the reason for Waytha’s resignation.

Tags / Keywords: Government , MIC , Hindraf , Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam , Waytha Moorthy


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