Waytha calls for setting up of Minority Affairs Ministry
Waytha calls for setting up of Minority Affairs MinistryJoe Fernandez | March 30, 2016
Most of those marginalised and discriminated against do not have representatives in Parliament or the state assemblies to defend their interests.
KUALA LUMPUR: Race relations are at its worst in the country and unless something concrete is done to repair the damage, Malaysia would sink into “a hell with racial and religious bigots” running amok and causing irreparable damage, warned Hindraf Makkal Sakthi in a statement.
“We call for the setting up of a Minority Affairs Ministry (MAMi) which would look into the plight of the over 45 per cent non-Malay citizens, especially those left out by the system.”
Waytha: Stop bragging about billions for Indian poor
Waytha: Stop bragging about billions for Indian poorWilliam Mangor | March 28, 2016
Treasury Secretary-General Irwan Serigar Abdullah claims that RM2.8 billion was spent by the Federal Government on the Indian poor from February 2014 to December 2014.
KUALA LUMPUR: Hindraf Makkal Sakthi, an ad hoc human rights organisation, has cautioned the Federal Government that simply making statements that billions had been channelled to the Indian poor, while throwing peanuts at proxy NGOs and making a big fuss of it, won’t help gain the people’s trust.
The 11th Malaysia Plan had failed to address the issue of displaced estate workers, nor did it provide any affirmative plans by the government, said Hindraf Chairman P. Waythamoorthy in a statement.
Waytha questions why the rush to execute three last Friday
Waytha questions why the rush to execute three last FridayJoe Fernandez
| March 26, 2016
The amendments to the law was supposed to be tabled at the next sitting in March 2016.
KUALA LUMPUR: Hindraf Makkal Sakthi, an ad hoc apolitical human rights movement, has urged the government to put in place a moratorium for all pending executions until it introduces a Bill in Parliament to abolish capital punishment in totality. “This has been assured by the de facto Law Minister and the Attorney-General.”
Hindraf Chairman P. Waythamoorthy was expressing shock over the execution of three individuals by the authorities on Friday morning and condemned it. “The hastiness in the execution of these three individuals raises many questions.”
Waytha: Magistrate not compassionate in Milo theft case
Waytha: Magistrate not compassionate in Milo theft caseJoe Fernandez
| March 3, 2016
KUALA LUMPUR: Hindraf Makkal Sakthi, referring to the case of a woman who was jailed a day and fined RM200 for stealing a packet of Milo from a supermarket for her two-year-old child, said that it would have sufficed if the magistrate had warned her instead and referred her to the Welfare Department for assistance.
“Instead, Madam Sellamah risked a further five days in jail by not paying the fine,” lamented Hindraf Chairman P. Waythamoorthy in a Facebook posting.
Forum in commemoration of labour movement
Forum in commemoration of labour movementPosted on 12 March 2016 - 02:53pm
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PriJOHOR BARU: Sahabat Rakyat, Hindu Rights Action Force (HINDRAF) Johor and Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) Nusajaya will jointly organise a forum in commemoration of eminent leaders of the Malaya labour movement - S. A. Ganapathy and Lim Chin Siong.
The forum, entitled "Tribute to S. A. Ganapathy and Lim Chin Siong: Develop the selfless devotion spirit of these eminent leaders of the Malaya labour movement", will be held at TJ Mart, Saleng, Kulai on March 20, from 2pm to 6pm.
Two panel speakers will present their papers in the forum. Johor social activist Saminathan Munisamy will present his paper on "S. A. Ganapathy: From a social reformist to independence fighter".
Historian of the Singapore and Malaysia left-wing movement, Chen Jian@ C. C. Chin will present "The significance of inheriting and persisting Lim Chin Siong's struggle line today".
The public is welcomed to attend the forum which is free for all. Those interested in the forum can contact Y. Mohan (019-7102895) or Choo Shin Chei (017-7721511).
Why do we really need 1.5m Bangladeshis?
Why do we really need 1.5m Bangladeshis?Mikha Chan | February 20, 2016
The issue of 1.5 million Bangladeshis and whether the Federal Government is telling the whole story.
The debate around the Malaysian workforce situation has become somewhat convoluted. The government says that employing foreign workers will ease the desperation felt by sectors needing people willing to do dirty, dangerous and difficult – or 3D – jobs. Those who oppose this plan either say the government is taking away jobs from Malaysians or express a worry that the influx of more foreigners would result in more social problems. The government says it has no choice because Malaysians aren’t willing to take up 3D jobs.
Waytha: Industries should use locals, or ship out
Waytha: Industries should use locals, or ship outJoe Fernandez | February 15, 2016
Putrajaya was supposed to bring 850,000 displaced estate workers and 350,000 stateless persons in the peninsula into the labour force under the RM4.5 billion Hindraf-BN MOU.
KOTA KINABALU: Low-end and middle-end industries in Malaysia should either use local workers or shift abroad to labour surplus countries, said Hindraf Makkal Sakthi Chairman P. Waythamoorthy. “In the US, for example, the consumer industries keep shifting to China. They don’t import Chinese workers.”
“US factories at home can, of course, employ locals but they find that workers in China are much cheaper to employ.”
Decision on Deepa case sets dicey precedent
Decision on Deepa case sets dicey precedentMikha Chan | February 14, 2016
A look at the Federal Court ruling from the humanitarian perspective.
The recent Federal Court ruling in the S Deepa custody case has been widely lauded as being a good first step towards resolving the issue of unilateral conversions and interfaith child custody cases.
“The Federal Court made a first good step, and it needs to take the next right step,” said former de facto law minister Zaid Ibrahim. MIC president S Subramaniam was effusive in his praise of the ruling as well, saying it had put to rest the problem of conflicting court orders. “The trap door is shut,” he said.
Waytha: Federal Court should have censured Syariah Court (FMT)
Waytha: Federal Court should have censured Syariah CourtJoe Fernandez | February 12, 2016
The Federal Court didn't rule on the invalidity of the conversion but instead obviously expects a Hindu mother to bring up her daughter as a Muslim until she is 18 and can get to choose.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Court (FC), said Hindraf Makkal Sakthi Chairman P. Waythamoorthy on the Deepa inter-faith case, should have censured the Syariah Court for carrying on as if it was equal in status to the civil court. “It’s an inferior court under the Federal Constitution but went out on a limb and further complicated matters.”
Two other preliminary points the Hindraf Chairman stressed was the FC making no mention of the Inspector of General of Police “literally humiliating” the High Court by flatly refusing to implement the custody order. “It’s obvious the Syariah Court has no jurisdiction on matters that come within civil law. If the IGP was a man of law, he would know that.”
Waytha, briefly a Senator and Deputy Minister during 2013/2014, in any case looks forward to the Federal Court’s (FC) written judgment on the Deepa inter-faith case. “The FC arbitrarily varied the High Court judgment to give custody of the son to the converted father,” he lamented in a telephone interview . “On what basis did the FC do this? Just because the Panel interviewed a frightened little boy privately? Rulings must be based on facts and law and who the Court believes.”