Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Malaysia urges Indians to take complaints to the government, not foreign powers

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: ( Published: December 3, 2007 )The Malaysian foreign minister warned other governments not to meddle in his country's affairs Monday after ethnic Indian activists wrote to Britain urging U.N. action over what they alleged was ethnic cleansing in Malaysia.

Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar said Malaysia's government is able to resolve any woes of members of the ethnic Indian minority, and urged them to refer any complaints to the government rather than foreign countries.

"If there is anything that we are dissatisfied with, there are avenues within our system to deal with it. Malaysians don't want foreign interference," he told reporters.

Ethnic Indian activists, who say they suffer discrimination because of an affirmative action policy that favors members of the Malay Muslim majority, cited the demolition of dozens of Hindu temples as evidence of "ethnic cleansing" in two letters sent to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown last month.

They said the moves were an attempt to drive out the ethnic Indian minority.
The activists, from the Hindu Rights Action Force, urged Britain to spearhead U.N. action against Malaysia over the allegations. The group's leader also was traveling to India, Europe and the United States to seek support for the cause.
Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has angrily rejected the allegations, calling them "lies."

The Hindu Rights Action Force shot to prominence last month when it organized a rally by some 10,000 ethnic Indians in downtown Kuala Lumpur to demand equality and fair treatment in Malaysia. Police dispersed the Nov. 25 demonstration with tear gas, and charged 94 people with taking part in an illegal gathering.

Indians make up 8 percent of Malaysia's 27 million people, while Malays form about 60 percent of Malaysia's population and control the government. Chinese make up a quarter of the population and generally are much wealthier than Indians, most of whom earn low incomes and work in menial jobs.

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/12/03/asia/AS-GEN-Malaysia-Indian-Unrest.php#end_main

Question:

What you did with the memorandum that was given to you at PM's office? Was that not "referring complaints to the government"? What was the result of that ?

What happen to the "avenues " then?

We are with you BN/MIC but you are not with us.... for past 50 years.....

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