Pakatan reps steer clear of accusations

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 10 Jan 2009

CHENNAI: Pakatan Rakyat representatives have distanced themselves from a call by P. Waytha Moorthy, leader of the outlawed Hindu Rights Action Force (Hin­draf), for India to stop all investments in Malaysia.

At a press conference here, Pakatan’s Indian MPs and state assemblymen said they disagreed with Waytha Moorthy’s view.

Selangor state executive councillor Dr Xavier Jeyakumar said there were better ways and other platforms to fight for the rights of Indians in Malaysia.

“We are convinced of the strong ties between Malaysia and India, and want them to continue through their offices in India and Kuala Lumpur,” he said.

Four MPs – Dr P. Ramasamy (Batu Kawan), M. Kulasegaran (Ipoh Barat), N. Gobalakrishnan (Padang Serai) and S. Sivarasa (Subang) – were present with several other state assemblymen at the press conference.

They were part of a 40-member delegation attending the seventh Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Indian Diaspora) conference here, at the invitation of the Indian Overseas Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi and the Indian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur.

Ramasamy said there was no need for a foreign country to interfere in the domestic affairs of Malaysia.

On Thursday, MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu lambasted Waytha Moorthy for distributing a pamphlet containing serious allegations at the conference.

Meanwhile, Suhakam commissioner Datuk Denison Jayasooria, who presented a paper at the conference, said there was a deep sense of unhappiness over delays in resolving the grievances of the Indian community in Malaysia.

He urged the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and Confederation of Indian Industry to undertake a fact-finding mission to Malaysia over the concerns and grievances of the community and make specific recommendations for improvements.

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