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Now MIC woos Hindraf leaders

Posted in Uncategorized by malaysiasms on May 11, 2009

Malaysia Today

(Bernama) KUALA LUMPUR: The MIC has invited Hindraf leaders for possible talks and partnership for the sake of the Indian community.

MIC secretary-general Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said the party was also willing to consider views and suggestions by the movement on ways to alleviate the plight of the community.

He said the MIC was ready to hear suggestions from Hindraf leaders on how they could work together for the benefit of the Indians.

Dr Subramaniam was speaking after officiating at the National Temple Conference here yesterday.

He was commenting on Hindraf founder P. Uthayakumar, who upon his release from detention under the Internal Security Act, said that he would continue to fight for the Indian community, which he alleged was marginalised.


Dr Subramaniam also invited Hindraf leaders to join the party, saying that since both of them shared a common goal of elevating the living standard of the community, they would be able to achieve the objective better if they worked as one.

“I am for a united Indian community, as we can see all the splintering in the group does not help.”

On Saturday, Uthayakumar and two other Hindraf leaders, M. Manoharan and K. Vasanthakumar, who were held at the Kamunting detention camp since last year, were freed, along with 10 others detainees.

Asked whether Hindraf leaders might form a political party to serve its cause, as the opposition parties which it was currently allied to had failed them, Dr Subramaniam said: “Now, they are an illegal movement. But nobody can stop them if they want to form a political party, as long as they follow the proper process. The decision is up to the Home Ministry.”

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