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16
Jul
08

HINDRAF LETTER TO COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY ASSOCIATION SEC GEN

Secretary General

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

Suite 700, Westmnister House

7 Millbank London SW1P 3JA

email: hq.sec@cpahq.org

15th July 2008

 

Dear Sir,

 

RE: Request to raise serious Human Rights Issues at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association meet in Kuala Lumpur from August 1-10, 2008.

Democratically elected representative at Selangor Legislative assembly Mr.M.Manoharan denied his rights to serve his constituents.

4 other HINDRAF leaders and workers detained under draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) without trial for raising  legitimate issues affecting minority rights.

P.Uthayakumar one of the detainee  denied right to seek medical attention for heart ailment.

51 years of neo colonization of ethnic Malaysian Indians by the majority Malay  UMNO led Government.   

 

HINDRAF is a NGO formed to protect the legitimate rights of the ethnic Malaysian Indian community but the Malaysian Government has refused our application to be registered as a formal organization. We have been raising serious Human Rights issues pertaining to the rights of the minority ethnic Indian community since 2005 and from November 2007 our organization is seen as a threat to national security and thus on December 13th 2007 5 key persons linked to our organization were arrested under the draconian Internal security Act (ISA) which means detention without trial. They were arrested after the mass protest organized by HINDRAF on 25th November 2007 and were accused of creating unrest in the country. One of the detainee Mr.P.Uthayakumar is continuously being denied his right to seek treatment for the silent heart attack he suffered at the national heart Institute but are deliberately taken to a district hospital which does not have the facilities.

In the recently concluded general elections on 8th March 2008 one of the detained person Mr.M. Manoharan had contested whilst in custody and without given the opportunity to campaign had won the seat comfortably  but till today he is denied his right to serve his constituents. This is a serious affront to basic principles of human Rights which need much intervention from your esteemed organisation.

 

I now write to you to table an agenda on the above 2 pressing issues at the next Commonwealth Parliamentary Association meeting to be held in Kuala Lumpur between the 1st August 2008-10th August 2008  and to raise the matter with the Malaysian Government.

 

In the Harare Commonwealth Declaration, 1991, the heads of government of the countries of the Commonwealth had reaffirmed their pledge that were set out in a Declaration of Commonwealth Principles agreed by their  predecessors at their Meeting in Singapore in 1971 amongst them being that;  

 

They believe in the liberty of the individual under the law, in equal rights for all citizens regardless of gender, race, colour, creed or political belief, and in the individual’s inalienable right to participate by means of free and democratic political processes in framing the society in which he or she lives;

 

They recognise racial prejudice and intolerance as a dangerous sickness and a threat to healthy development, and racial discrimination as an unmitigated evil;

 

They oppose all forms of racial oppression, and they are committed to the principles of human dignity and equality;

Malaysia, being one of the so called materially developed Commonwealth members in every possible way has breached and failed to uphold its declaration and fundamental principal of the Commonwealth in affirming human rights and good governance for the Malaysian Indians with its practice of continued oppression and suppression towards their ethnic citizens.  

Although the cold war is far gone, but in Malaysia, the government is in cold war with the ethic groups and minority mainly the Malaysian Indians for voicing their grievances and plight to be treated as a citizen with equal human rights and freedom through their totalitarianism and government apparatus to silence the dissenting citizens.  

 

         

The Malaysian government continues to undermine human right and civil liberties issues although they had pledged to the Harare Convention and their membership with the United Nations Human Rights Council.    

Nearly all the International Human Rights instruments adopted by United Nations bodies since 1948 elaborate principles set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights states in its preamble that it developed out of recognition of the fact that

 

“in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ideal of free human beings enjoying freedom from fear and want can only be achieved if conditions are created whereby everyone may enjoy his economic, social and cultural rights, as well as his civil and political right”.

 

HINDRAF’s crusade in Malaysia on the plight of the ethic Malaysian Indian has been along this paradigm nationally and internationally so that through this process a member of the society should be able to achieve his/her conscious of human dignity and worthiness for the society without any systematic marginalization or discrimination based on one’s origin or suppressive law and system that defies humanity.     

I attach herewith brief notes on the issues raised by HINDRAF.

Thank you

 

Yours faithfully

 

P.Waytha Moorthy

CHAIRMAN

16
Jul
08

Statement made by Ipoh HINDRAF supporters does not reflect the view of HINDRAF

I refer to the statement made by supporters of HINDRAF  from Ipoh and in particular statement made by Ipoh Co ordinator Mr. Moorthy with reference to the appointment of Councillors in the State.

 

I wish to stress the said statement made by Mr. Moorthy and other supporters in the Tamil daily does not reflect the official stand of HINDRAF and are purely their personal opinions.

 

HINDRAF  have from its inception maintained apolitical stand and does not wish to dwell into the merits and criteria of the said appointments.

 

We wish to apologize to our supporters for the miscommunication of views presented by certain quarters within HINDRAF. 

 

P.Waytha Moorthy

Chairman

Currently in London

01
Jul
08

Letter to PM on mid term review of 9th Msia Plan- Indians shortchanged as usual

Y.A.B. DATO’ SERI ABDULLAH AHMAD BADAWI

Prime Minister of Malaysia
Block Utama,
Bangunan Perdana Putra,                                               Email: reduceredtape@pmo.gov.my
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan,                       Email: abdullah@kdn.gov.my

62502 Putrajaya                                                             Tel:   03 8888 8000

                                                                                       Fax: 03 8888 3444

29/06/2008

 

 

Y.A.B,

 

 

Re:      1) RM 230 Billion mid term review of ninth Malaysian Plan by Prime

                Minister in Parliament on 26/06/2008 but zero allocation for indians.

 

2) No specific allocation for the marginalised Indians unlike marginalised

    orang Asli and natives in Sabah & Sarawak. (RM 20Billion for Sabah      

    alone)

 

3) This mid term review is “50 year old wine in a new bottle” for the

     Malaysian Indians.

 

4) Urgent formation of Royal Commission into the critical Indian issues

    as per Hindraf’s 18 point demands to the Prime Minister dated 12/08/2007

 

5) Urgent implementation of Race Relations Commission (to eliminate all

     forms of racism in Malaysia) and Equal Opportunities Commission to

     give effect to Article 8 of the Federal Constitution.

 

6) RM 5 Billion annual allocation (and to be fully utilised) to address the

     critical Indian issues.

 

7) Indians should not be put/lumped with the far economically superior

    Chinese in all government projects and policies.

 

8) UMNO should stop all forms of shadow play “wayang kulit” in this

    mid term review and all government policies and should get real in dealing

    with especially the critical Indian issues as UMNO is no longer dealing

    with our grandfathers and great grandfathers but the current, third and

     fourth generation Malaysian Indians.

 

9)  In interim urgently setup a special Indian Focus Group to address the  

     critical Indian issues to be headed by Chief Secretary to the Government.

 

          10)  Indian house hold income at RM 3,799.00 per month, yet again another

     intellectual dishonesty as at least 90% of the Indians don’t earn that kind

     of money. 

 

We refer to the above matter and regret to point out once again the UMNO controlled Malaysian government’s deliberate refusal to address the critical Indian issues faced by the Malaysian Indian Community especially as per our 18 point demands to the Prime Minister dated 12/08/2007 and hand delivered to your goodselves’ Senior Private Secretary on the same day. The Malaysian Indian Community is greatly disturbed by your goodselves announcement of the UMNO government’s Mid Term Review of the Ninth Malaysian Plan (9MP) on 26/06/2008 which we deem as being vindictive as 90% of the Indians did not vote for the BN in the March 8th 2008 general elections.

 

By your own admission you have admitted that the Indian equity has further dropped to 1.1% in this mid term review of the 9MP from 1.5% in 1999. (NST 27/06/2008 Pg 8).  We no longer accept (the failure to address the critical Indian issues ) the yearly repeat at the beginning of every new Malaysian Plan and mid term review that the policies of the UMNO government was good but it was the implementation that went wrong.

 

To start off with there has been zero allocation in the RM 230 Billion 9MP Budget to specifically address the aforesaid critical Indian issues as opposed to the RM 20.5 Billion allocated for the poor in Sabah under the 9MP (NST 20/06/2008/ pg 4).

 

Over the last 50 years the UMNO controlled government has unfairly lumped the Indians together with the economically powerful Chinese community as being the non bumi putera category in almost all government policies, allocation, economy and affirmative action plans. The latest and most evident is the replies given in Parliament on the bumi putera and non bumiputera participation in the economic sector, education, small and medium sized industries etc.

 

We also wish to register the intellectual dishonesty of your government in stating as a fact knowing the same not to be true that an average Indian actually earns RM 3,799.00 per month. Our estimate is that 90% of Indians do not earn this kind of money with at least 70% of the Indian population in the poor (earning below RM 1,500.00 per house hold) (NST 11/06/2008 Pg 2) and hardcore poor (earning below RM 698.00 NST 18/5/2008 Pg 26). Therefore the UMNO government’s target in this mid term review of eradicating poverty by 2010 (in 2 years time) is a near impossibility in so far as the Indian community is concerned.

 

Further there has been specifically zero allocation for Tamil schools and the UMNO’s controlled government skirted away from the issue by merely mentioning as usual “Tamil schools will continue to be given aid and upgraded”. The usual general and non committal game!

 

We suggest that UMNO stops playing “wayang kulit” shadow play and get real with the critical Indian issues as UMNO is no longer dealing with our grandfathers and great grandfathers but the current generation, third and fourth generation Malaysian Indians. In short this Mid term review of the 9MP is actually “50 year old wine but in a new bottle called the 9MP”. In the circumstances we demand for the following as we believe we have exhausted all our appeals:-

 

1) This mid term review of the 9MP is re-reviewed to include a : RM five (5) Billion is

    allocated annually and specifically to address the critical Indian issues especially as per

    our 18 point demands dated 12/08/2007.

           

2) Stop lumping the Indians together with the economically powerful Chinese as

    being in the non bumiputera group in all government policies, this mid term

    review of the 9MP and all affirmative action plans.

 

3) A Special Focus Group specifically for the Indians and to be headed by the

    Chief Secretary to the Government and to also be included in this group the

    Director General of the Economic planning unit, Implementation and

    coordinating unit, Central coordinating Unit, Secretary General of the Finance Ministry

    and the Prime Minister’s Senior Private Secretary to ensure the following:-

 

a) The 70% poverty level among the Indians is reduced to the national average of  

    3.6% as per the 9MP within one year.

 

b) To this effect RM Ten (10) Billion special allocation is made and fully utilised

    within the one year time period to provide RM 50,000.00 loans to the Indian

    poor without surety and especially for those Indians earning less than RM

    3,500.00 per month providing especially small, micro and medium sized

    industries and creating 100,000 entrepreneurs and Indian human capital

    development.

 

c) With this RM Ten (10) Billion to help Indians purchase commercial buildings

as done along the lines of UDA, Mara and Yayasan Amanah Hartanah    

Bumiputera etc.

 

d) Grant 10,000 affordable homes to the Indians within the next one year.

 

4) Urgently set up/form a Race Relations Commission with the view to end all forms of

     racism and religious extremism (along the lines of the British Race Relations Act) for

     a genuine and not name sake harmonious and united Malaysian society.

 

5) Urgently set up/form an Equal Opportunities Commission to give effect to Article 8 of

    the Federal Constitution and to specifically undo all the lost equal opportunities for the 

    Indians over the last 50 years.

 

6) Establish/form a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate the critical

    Indian issues especially as per Hindraf’s 18 point demands to the Prime Minister dated

    12/8/2007.

 

 

Your kind indulgence in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

Thank you,

 

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

 

…………………………….

P.Waytha Moorthy

(Chairman)

27
Jun
08

Dublin Human Rights group wants Hindraf 5 to be released.

http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/

 

Front Line – The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders
81 Main Street
Blackrock
Co Dublin
Ireland

 

Front Line EU office
Square Marie-Louise 72
B-1000 Brussels

 

 

Mizan Zainal Abidin ibni al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud

Supreme Head of State (Yang di-Pertuan Agong)

Office of the Head of State

Istana Negara

50500 Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

 

24 June 2008

 

Re: Malaysia – Human rights lawyer P. Uthayakumar denied medical

treatment in detention

 

Your Excellency,

 

Front Line is deeply concerned following reports that detained human rights defender and lawyer,

Mr P. Uthayakumar, is being deprived of his required prescription medication for diabetes and is

suffering from a number of diabetes related illnesses. Mr P. Uthayakumar is a human rights lawyer

working to defend the rights of the ethnic minority Indians and an active Legal Advisor of Hindu

Rights Action Force (HINDRAF). He was arrested on 13 December 2007 for organising a peaceful

demonstration.

 

Mr P. Uthayakumar has been a diabetic patient since 1996. His condition required that he take

medication, 500 mg of Glucophage three times a day and 80mg of Diamicron twice a day, which

would control his blood sugar levels and maintain a level of between 5 and 7 mmol/L. Following

his arrest on 13 December 2007, the prison authorities at first allowed his family to supply his

medication. In February 2008 the prison authorities refused to accept the medication and

furthermore did not provide Mr P. Uthayakumar with any alternative medication despite repeated

formal requests that it be supplied or accepted from family members. Mr P. Uthayakumar believes

that the prison authorities have been intentionally providing him with a diet of rice and curry made

in a ‘Malay’ style that is very sweet, in a deliberate attempt to affect his health. On 7 April 2008 he

was admitted to the Taiping General Hospital, suffering from frequent thirst, urination, tiredness,

headaches, dizziness, weakness, high blood pressure, skin disease and problems with his vision.

He had a blood sugar level reading of 18,8 mmol/L. An application has been filed at the Kuala

Lumpur High Court for a release order on the grounds of medical deprivation and treatment. It will

be heard on 25 June 2008.

Mr P. Uthayakumar was arrested on 13 December 2007 together with Messrs M. Manoharan, V.

Ganapathy Rao, Mr T.Vasanthakumar and R. Kengatharan, under the Internal Security Act (ISA) of  Malaysia on the grounds of threatening national security by organising a peaceful demonstration. All five human rights lawyers had taken up, on a pro bono basis, many cases of death in police custody and police violence. They had filed many cases against the Malaysian Government and authorities.

 

Front Line believes that Messrs P. Uthayakumar, M. Manoharan, V. Ganapathy Rao, Mr

T.Vasanthakumar and R. Kengatharan have been targeted as a result of their legitimate work in the

defence of human rights, in particular their work defending the rights of the ethnic minority Indians

in Malaysia. Front Line is concerned for the physical and psychological integrity of the

aforementioned human rights defenders, in particular Mr P. Uthayakumar who is suffering from

diabetes and is not receiving the required medication.

 

Front Line urges the Malaysian authorities to:

 

1. Immediately release Messrs P. Uthayakumar, M. Manoharan, V. Ganapathy Rao, Mr

T.Vasanthakumar and R. Kengatharan as it is believed that they are being detained solely

on account of their legitimate human rights activities;

 

2. Ensure that Mr P. Uthayakumar is supplied with all required medication for his condition and

medical attention as needed;

 

3. Take all necessary measures to guarantee the physical and psychological security and

integrity of the aforementioned human rights defenders;

 

4. Guarantee in all circumstances that human rights defenders in Malaysia are able to carry

out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals, and free of all

restrictions including judicial harassment.

 

Front Line respectfully reminds you that the United Nations Declaration on the Right and

Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally

Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, adopted by consensus by the UN

General Assembly on 9 December 1998, recognises the legitimacy of the activities of human rights

defenders, their right to freedom of association and to carry out their activities without fear of

reprisals. We would particularly draw attention to Article 6 (c): “Everyone has the right, individually and in association with others: (c) To study, discuss, form and hold opinions on the observance, both in law and in practice, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms and, through these and other appropriate means, to draw public attention to those matters”, and to Article 12 (2): “The State shall take all necessary measures to ensure the protection by the competent authorities of  everyone, individually and in association with others, against any violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action as a consequence of  his or her legitimate exercise of the rights referred to in the present declaration.”

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mary Lawlor

Director

 

26
Jun
08

Why the double standards by UMNO?

Voice of Hindraf | Jun 25, 08 4:42pm| Malaysiakini

 

In the New Straits Times on Feb 28, there was this story reported. Thosinameri, 12 years old, suffered massive burns all over her face and body when a fire razed her home when she was just a month old. Her parents abandoned her and she was brought up by her aunt who earns RM600 a month and RM450 from welfare.

 

The aunt also has to take care of her own five children and two nieces and her handicapped husband. The aunt now cannot even afford to pay the RM150 monthly rental for her low cost flat and is in arrears of eight months. She has been been given an eviction notice to vacate their flat.

 

An MIC minister promised to pay her eight-month rental arrears and medical bills for the girl. Yet another piecemeal answer and not a wholesome solution. This family’s case only got some attention and ‘promises’ as the minister was on his election rounds and campaigning. Umno and the private sector have neglected this young girl.

 

Racism yet again. The state and social welfare departments choose not to see this girl and thousands of other poor and underprivileged Indians even after 51 years of independence.

 

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in that same newspaper asks: ‘Let me ask you, who can honestly say that the people from his or her community has been left out or failed to achieve any progress these past 50 years?’

 

Well, this is the clearest example (Thosinameri) reported in Umno’s very own newspaper. In the same newspaper, it is reported that Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak grants an allocation RM1,000 with one stroke of open just for the upkeep of a few blocks of army housing quarters.

 

What ever happened to the Estate Workers Home Ownership Scheme introduced in 1971? Hardly any scheme was implemented for the Indians unlike the successful Felda, Felcra and other land and housing schemes which have benefited millions of the bumiputera in Malaysia.

 

And yet Abdullah has the cheek to imply that no community (including the Indians) has been left behind after 50 years of independence. How is Hindraf then not to tell the people not to vote for Umno?

 

Umno oppresses, marginalises and discriminates against Indian Malaysians; the MIC has no power in the Umno-controlled racist Malaysian government. MIC is merely a showcase piece for the illusion of the power-sharing concept.

 

For the first time in 51 years, the MIC took out advertisements in the local papers before the elections to try and justify their existence. MIC claims to have on a piecemeal basis (not on a holistic basis) paid for medical bills, bus fares, breakfasts, loans of RM3,000 per small trader amongst others.

 

But Indian students at the MIC-owned Aimst University pay fees like at any other university (some though may be given small subsidies and other ‘peanuts’ handout). MIC must concede that they have failed despite being a BN senior component member in the Umno-controlled Malaysian government.

 

They have failed to ensure that to ensure Indians got the same opportunities as provided for in Article 8 of the Federal Constitution (equality before the law) ie, making all Tamil schools fully-aided, equal public university places, scholarships, jobs in the civil service, business licenses etc.

 

Why haven’t the Indians been treated equally? Umno is the real culprit, not MIC.

 

26
Jun
08

Voice of Hindraf.

Voice of Hindraf 1:

 

200 Petronas Petrol Stations to sell natural gas. Datuk Shahrir Samad, Minister of Domestic Trade. But there are zero Petronas Station owned by Indians because they were never given the opportunities to own one. Article 8 of the Federal Constitution provides equality (and equal opportunities). But UMNO has been violating this constitution guarantee for the last 50 years.

 

UMNO: End racism and religious extremism. 50 years enough. Let us move on. Help all the poor including the Indian poor. Let us be NEEDS based and not RACE based when giving opportunities to Malaysians.

 

 

Voice of Hindraf 2:

 

UMNO refuses to solve very basic grassroots kindergarten problem for Indian children of the Bukit Asahan Plantation/Estate, Malacca. (Tamil Nesan 04/06/08 pg 15). The new management of the estate believed to be an UMNO linked company has asked the at least 60 year old kindergarten to vacate its premises. The UMNO Malacca state government turns a blind eye. It is the duty and responsibility of the UMNO government by law and according to the Federal Constitution and the Education Act to provide for the education of the people. Millions if not Billions are to spend to build and maintain the kemas kindergartens for UMNO children. UMNO even has plans to make all kemas kindergarten teachers graduate teachers as these children would be future professionals of the country. But what about the Indian children? Why this racism by UMNO even after 50 years of independence? UMNO is so cruel, racist and religious extremist that they even pick on the poor and innocent Indian children. What more the other basic necessities for the day to day living of these Indian community? When even a basic kindergarten is being denied. Let alone equality and equal opportunities.

26
Jun
08

Uthaya in Taiping GH again.

Pictures of Uthayakumar in Taiping Hospital. He’s having skin problem right now and he is weak.

 

 

 




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