Leaking of Hindraf-Pakatan discussions is sinister by P Waytha Moorthy
Friday, February 15, 2013
COMMENT I refer to Terrence Netto's comment piece in Malaysiakini, dated Feb 14, 2013.
making this clarification, I am cautious and take cognisance of the
high level of confidential discussions that took place initially between
PKR on Nov 1, 2013, and the subsequent meetings with the top Pakatan
Rakyat leaders that are still continuing. However, we are
disappointed that those confidential discussions could be leaked and we
believe there is a sinister motive behind this by irresponsible parties
to break any possible co-operation between Hindraf and Pakatan.
behalf of Hindraf, I made the proposal for Hindraf to contest against
all MIC-held seats as part of our contribution to bringing about
political and social change in Malaysia. This proposal was made from the
very beginning of our meeting with Anwar Ibrahim. We made it
clear to him that this request for strategic partnership was made to
cater to the voice of the poor and underclass Indian Malaysians, whose
voice has never been heard in Parliament. It was agreed between the
parties that further talks should be held on this electoral pact.
In the last general election, Hindraf was instrumental in bringing about the following:
Breaking the much acclaimed "fixed deposit" Indian votes and delivering that wholesale to the opposition candidates;
to the loss of job of a prime minister who unprecedentedly had to leave
office as a result of BN's loss of its two-thirds mandate in
Contributing to the unprecedented loss of the ruling government's two-thirds majority in Parliament; and
Being instrumental in the opposition coalition gaining an extra five states.
proposal to contest in seven Parliament and 10 state seats was made
after consultation with various parties and in this we have the mandate
of the Indian underclass that we represent. Their voices need to be
heard in the legislative bodies. Their rights and interests have to be
taken into account in formulating the various policies in this country. It'll be the most bitterly fought electionThis
13th general election is going to be the most bitterly fought election
in Malaysian history and it is important for Hindraf to be part of that
In proposing to contest seven parliamentary and 10 state
seats, we made it clear that it was negotiable and that we would never
ask for any seat currently held by incumbent Pakatan leaders. Our
negotiations for seats were conditional upon Pakatan Rakyat endorsing
the Hindraf blueprint. In the meeting with Pakatan leadership on Feb 6,
we made it clear to the chair of the meeting that seat discussions were
secondary and that our primary concern and goal were to get Pakatan to
endorse our proposed blueprint.
However, we were willing to make
any adjustment to the wordings, language or any matter in the blueprint
that was of concern to the Pakatan leadership. On Feb 9, 2013,
we declared openly, through media statements, that we were willing to
mobilise thousands of Hindraf volunteers to campaign for Pakatan should
Pakatan endorse the Hindraf blueprint. Our main concern is to bring the
marginalised Indians into the mainstream of national development. We are probably in the last 30 days before the general election. Parliament may be dissolved anytime now.
has to quickly make a decision as many grassroots Indians want to know
its stand before making up their minds. Our nationwide roadshows are
continuing and the Hindraf leaders in seven states are meeting thousands
of people weekly. Malaysiakini P WAYTHA MOORTHY is chairperson of the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf).