Tuesday, November 27, 2007

PETALING JAYA: The Barisan Nasional Government will face the “political challenges” thrown by the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) group which defied the law and went ahead with its rally on Sunday.

“We will meet the challenge. We will not back down from political challenges,” Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said when asked if the Government was pressured by the group, which alleged that Hindus in Malaysia were being marginalised.

He pointed out that if the Government had practised discriminatory policies against the Hindus as claimed by Hindraf, the Indian community in the country would not have supported the Government all this time and Barisan Nasional would not have been able to achieve big victories in elections.

“Now, they suddenly want to raise the issue (of being sidelined). It’s politically motivated,” he said at a ceremony for the delivery of three Dauphin AS 365N3 helicopters by Eurocopter to the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency yesterday.

Najib reiterated that street demonstrations only produced negative effects on the national economy, besides inconveniencing the people.

“Businesses are affected and the people are also inconvenienced by a few days of traffic jams as police set up roadblocks,” he said.

Hindraf defied a court order and went ahead with its gathering on Sunday and police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the illegal gathering.

Thousands converged at various locations in the city to give support to Hindraf's plan to submit a petition with 100,000 signatures to the British High Commission.

The petition was to ask Queen Elizabeth II to appoint a Queen’s Counsel to represent the Indian community in a class-action suit filed against the British government for bringing in Indians as indentured labourers to the then Malaya and exploiting them.

Hindraf called off its protest after seven hours without handing over its memorandum to the British High Commission.

At another function later, Najib denied claims that MIC leader Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu was a “mandor” of Umno and an ineffective leader for the Indian community.

In Penang, acting Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said the Indian community could use other avenues to air grouses, as they were well represented in the Barisan Nasional coalition.

Dr Koh said the Indian community could use signature campaigns to highlight their grievances.
signature campaigns..that's old fashion i think..u know how long the indian community suffered.. 200years over...no wonder they want to sue the british goverment 3 trillion!!!???wtf.!!??well what's your thought??


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