Sunday, March 07, 2010

Human Rights Party rallies against PKR over Indian grievances

Human Rights Party (HRP) today led a demonstration in front of PKR's head office, claiming that the Pakatan Rakyat coalition had failed to address Indian community issues.

hindraf isa prayer 131209 uthayakumarThe demonstration was led by HRP's pro-tem secretary general P Uthayakumar, who was backed up by about 100 people consisting of HRP activists and residents of Petaling Jaya Selatan.

Uthayakumar said the protest was held to voice out the disappointment of Indians against Pakatan as they had failed to address issues affecting the Indian community, despite the latter's role in putting the coalition into power in five states.

"Indian, who were (the) king makers during the general elections in 2008, are still treated like slaves today," said the lawyer-politician.

Uthayakumar did not hand over a memorandum he had planned to submit to Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, as Anwar was at the time at the Pakatan Selangor convention in Shah Alam.

He said the memorandum would be submitted to Anwar on March 15 when Parliament reconvenes.

Uthayakumar said further that the HRP would be fielding candidates in the next general election in 15 parliamentary seats.

Contacted for a response, Anwar's personal aide, R Suresh Kumar, asked why Uthayakumar did not demonstrate in BN- held states as they were held for the past 53 years.

"He is a mandore of highest order for them (BN)," Suresh charged.

NONEUthayakumar's ex-Hindu Rights Action force (Hindraf) comrades V Ganabatirao (left) and K Vasanthakumar (right) also lashed out at their former comrade.

"They have lost ground. He is attempting to gain cheap publicity," said Ganabatirao.

"Who is the real enemy here? HRP does not represent Indians, as claimed by redundant leader, Uthayakumar. Indians are with Pakatan to realise the Hindraf dreams," alleged Vasanthakumar.

The demonstrators later left the vicinity about 40 minutes later. No police officer was seen during the time of the protest, despite a police beat being located doors away from the PKR headquarters.

courtesy of Malaysiakini

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