Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Samy Velu admits HINDRAF has no Link to LTTE

Wednesday, January 2, 2008 (Chennai)

Malaysian Indian Congress leader and Public Works Department Minister Dato Samy Vellu is in Chennai to meet Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to clarify his government's stand on the Malaysian Tamils issue.

In an exclusive interview to NDTV the minister admits that his government has no concrete evidence to suggest that Hindraf (Hindu Rights Action Force), a coalition of 30 Hindu organisations in Malaysia, has links with the LTTE and explains his Cabinet colleague's recent outburst against the Tamil Nadu chief minister.

Following is the excerpts from the interview:
NDTV: Do you have any evidence to back your government's charge that the Hindraf has links with terrorists?

D S Vellu: Hindraf said they would fight like the Tigers, the way the Tigers are fighting in Sri Lanka. It was by Vedamurthy. After he talked like that, we did an investigation and it was felt that he may have gone there for training.

NDTV: Do you have evidence of this?

D S Vellu: No. It is our suspicion.

NDTV: The Tamils were protesting with pictures of Mahatma Gandhi. It was a peaceful demonstration.

D S Vellu: I don't think it was peaceful. They started at 4 am and broke the temple door and shops and stoned policemen and broke the heads of 4 policemen. Is that called peace?

NDTV: Do you think the statement of your colleague in the Cabinet asking the Tamil Nadu CM to lay off, could have been avoided?

D S Vellu: When two or three opposition parties got up in Parliament and said the Tamil Nadu government wants the Indian government to interfere in Malaysia's internal affairs, my colleague had answered them, and interference is different from using diplomatic channels.

NDTV: But the Tamil Nadu CM didn't ask the Indian government to interfere.

D S Vellu: My colleague didn't mean any disrespect.


seals: wah ...can take under ISA just for that?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Malaysia has indeed instituitionalised apartheid against Indians and more than one state policy is its evidence as is experience of Indians who have lived there. If they dont want our workers let them also not have our tourists. Government of India as a policy had banned travel by Indians to South Africa until that country changed its policy. Malaysians must be subjected to similar denial in a swift and sure move. It is time that we as a Nation assert our pride at our own initiative and not wait for international community's lead.


Naveen Sood

RE: Apartheid in Malaysia

Dear Editor,

Even during my brief professional stint in Kuala Lumpur, it soon became evident that ethnic Indians were subjected to discrimination. It is indeed a "colour" issue. In Malay mind, Indians are "dark skinned". North Indians including Sikhs do OK and that's why there are no barbs like "Pakis". Whites, yellows, and light browns is indeed the prevalent pecking order. Malaysia has acquired the veneer of a "first world" country as a stated national goal and while declaring ethinc cleansing would be politically disastorous, discouarging darker shades to surface is certainly on, in a country conditioned by colonisation and currently emulating Arab model of native nepotism.

The best way to urge Malaysians to introspect and "right" the wrongs is to boycott tourism to the country. Jago India, Jago !!. Indian passports were specifically stamped to prohibit travel to South Africa, to support the same cause. Malaysia, too, is practising apartheid.

Naveen Sood