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GE13: Hindraf sacked Waythamoorthy for 'selling out to the devil', says Uthayakumar
KLANG, April 27 — The Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) had sacked chairman P. Waythamoorthy for endorsing Barisan Nasional (BN) in Election 2013, group co-founder P. Uthayakumar said today.
Uthayakumar said Indian voters, who make up a significant minority in nearly 60 federal seats, still backed the movement that he and his brother Waythamoorty led in a 2007 mass protest that slashed the community’s support for BN in Election 2008.
“The Indian masses still look up to us (the movement) because we have not sold ourselves to the devil,” Uthayakumar told reporters at a small Hindraf operations centre here today.
“While I went to jail, Waythamoorthy ran away to London. Today he runs away to BN,” he added, referring to his 18 months’ detention without trial after the Hindraf rally.
Uthayakumar accused his brother of deviating from Hindraf’s original struggle, saying that “BN cheats more, Pakatan cheats less”.
“Waythamoorthy hijacked Hindraf and pledged support to Barisan Nasional, which is against the founding principles of Hindraf,” said Uthayakumar.
“Do not vote for BN. Whether they want to vote for Pakatan Rakyat (PR) is up to them, but Hindraf will not take responsibility for Pakatan’s non-delivery if they get to Putrajaya,” he added.
Waythamoorthy, who was reportedly formally recognised as Hindraf’s chairman by the Registrar of Societies (RoS) on March 8, signed a memorandum of understanding with the BN government last week to improve the economic position of the Indian community.
Earlier this year in a strategically-timed move, the Najib administration agreed to lift the ban on Hindraf in anticipation of the May 5 general election.
BN, however, fielded Perkasa vice-president Datuk Zulkifli Noordin in the Shah Alam federal seat for the May 5 polls despite the latter allegedly insulting the Hindu community in the past.
“Indians are upset with Zul Noordin being fielded as candidate,” said Uthayakumar today.
Analysts said recently that Indian votes remained up for grabs, adding that more Indians, however, were more likely to vote for BN this time compared to 2008.
Uthayakumar, who is standing as an independent in the Kota Raja federal seat, said he was fighting for an end to institutionalised racism as well as for equal business and education opportunities for Indians that would help Indian youths avoid a life of crime.
He stressed that neither BN nor PR had done much to improve the lot of Indians, saying that he wanted voters to elect him as the first Hindraf representative in Parliament.
Uthayakumar is up against MIC secretary-general S. Murugesan and PAS’s Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud, the incumbent Kota Raja MP, in a three-cornered fight.
Indians make up just about 950,000 of the 13.3 million voters eligible to cast their ballots in the general election.
If Hindraf can unite the Indians and the leaders can place their people's interest above their personal interest, it would definitely help them. The reason why they feel marginalized is because MIC leaders have failed them. The brother that ran away to London and running to BN now did not seem to learn from their race's political past.
Uthayakumar deserves his people's support, as long as he doesn't join BN if he were to win his seat. Good luck to all our Indian brothers and sisters.
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