Tuesday, December 30, 2008

'Hindraf will never walk with MIC' - MalaysiaKini

Hindraf chairperson P Waythamoorthy today denied that the movement was involved in brokering a pact with MIC which would see its five ISA-detained leaders being released.

He also stressed that the movement's legal advisor and his elder brother P Uthayakumar has not had any contact with any MIC leaders over such a pact.

The five Hindraf leaders were detained under the Internal Security Act on Dec 13 last year for allegedly provoking the Indian community to rise against the government.

Yesterday Malaysiakini reported that plans were afoot to absorb Hindraf leaders into the Indian-based party in order to regain the trust and support of the Indian community.

According to sources, the plan was purportedly hatched by a top MIC leader without the sanction of party president S Samy Vellu.

Under the plan, apart from Uthayakumar, PKR's Kapar parliamentarian S Manikavasagam was also being enticed to join MIC.

"If it goes according to the plan, Samy Vellu will be removed as party president, Hindraf 5 will be released, Waythamoorthy will return to Malaysia and Manikavasagam absorbed into MIC along with Uthayakumar," the sources had said.

‘MIC is under Umno's thumb'

Responding to this today, the London-based Waythamoorthy said that Hindraf would never enter into a pact with MIC, or any other Barisan Nasional component party.

However, he did not rule out the possibility of the other four Hindraf leaders of meeting with representatives of BN parties.

"Uthayakumar has never met any MIC or PPP leaders... But the same could not be said of the other four detainees," he told Malaysiakini.

Apart from Uthayakumar (left), the other Hindraf detainees are M Manoharan, V Ganabatirau, R Kenghadharan and T Vasantha Kumar.

Uthayakumar is the face behind Hindraf while Waythamoorthy left the country and is now living in exile in the United Kingdom following the crackdown on Hindraf leaders.

"Uthayakumar believes in his struggle. He will not rest until the plight of the Indian community is properly addressed," said Waythamoorthy.

He also said that Uthayakumar would never be in talks with MIC as the party "can never represent the Indians as long as Umno continues to bully (the minorities)".

He added that the leaked news about the pact was a "creation of MIC for cheap political mileage". -- MalaysiaKini

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