Malaysiakini Letter

End racist policies victimising Indian poor

P Uthayakumar  |  Published:  |  Modified:

Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Abdul Razak, we refer to the above matter and to the headlines in today's (May 27, 2013) New Straits Times headlines, The Star and the Sun on page 2 (calling for a change in attitude, strategy. programmes and approach).

This is an era when a black man is already in his second term as president of the USA.

Yet in Malaysia the Indian poor is even denied an office boy's job in government departments, denied work in GLCs, denied even a kachang putih licence, denied even a garbage collection contract.

This is because of the ruling Umno government's institutional racist policies victimising in particular the Indian poor as is documented on a day-to-day basis in .

Halting and dismantling Umno institutional racist policies should be the bold course of action that Umno/BN under your premiership should implement to stay relevant. It must not be mere political rhetoric.

The very first bold step we propose that your goodselves take is to forthwith admit 10,000 average and below average Indian poor students into the 22 UiTM campuses nationwide which currently admit 200,000 Malay only students

A further 10,000 places in the 208 Giatmara skills training colleges nationwide which currently admits 250,000 Malay only students  should also be given.

A thousand mile journey begins with a single step. Please take this first bold step, Mr Prime Minister.

Please also let this be the very first bold step towards a truly harmonious 1Malaysia to dispel the notion of the same being a mere political catchphrase with the ulterior motive of merely gaining political mileage.

And then by all means open up BN to become a single truly multi-racial political party.

P UTHAYAKUMAR is de facto leader, Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf).


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