44 Indians return home over alleged mistreatment

  • Letters
  • Saturday, 15 Mar 2003

FORTY-FOUR Indian IT professionals left for home after their alleged mistreatment by the police during a recent raid at their condominium block in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, on Sunday. 

The Tamil Nesan reported that many more among the 165 nationals who were detained by the police were waiting for their flight tickets to return home. 

The daily reported the Indian nationals' allegation that they had been kicked and, slapped by the police and their passports were damaged. 

It also reported that one of them, A. Srinivasan, had complained to Suhakam secretary Kamaruddin Bahria that he was mistreated by police during the raid.  

Srinivasan was accompanied by DAP chairman Lim Kit Siang. 

Tamil Nesan also carried a statement by Multimedia Development Corporation (MDC) that there was no change in the Government’s policy to hire IT professionals from India following the incident. 

It stated that the MDC recognised the contributions of Indian IT professionals in the development of the Multimedia Super Corridor and it would do its part to avert a recurrence of such an incident. 

On another matter, Tamil Nesan in its editorial urged the Government to increase its allocations to the 1,815 skills training centres nationwide.  

It said more than 100,000 students were undergoing industrial training at these centres operated by the Human Resources Ministry.  

The editorial referred to Umno Youth’s recent call to the Government to increase the allocation by RM50mil to ensure students got uninterrupted training.  

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