Malaysian Indians

There appears to be a delibérate attempt to vilify persons of Indian origin in Malayasia.

There is no doubt that the Malaysian government has over the last nearly three decades has been isolating the Malaysians  of Chinese and Indian origin. This has worsened after the islamisation drive by the government and the influx of fanatical wahabists in to a Malasia which was earlier an area of racial harmony.

Hindraf denies terror links, lodges complaint against PM

Kuala Lumpur: The Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), a Malaysian rights outfit, has lodged a police complaint against Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi after allegations linking the group with Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers for Tamil Eeelam (LTTE).

Hindraf’s senior leader and legal advisor P. Uthayakumar asserted that the outfit had “zero links” with the LTTE or any other terrorist group.

“We do not support violence. We are a non-violent group,” Uthayakumar was quoted as saying in The Star newspaper Sunday.

Uthayakumar, who lodged the report at the Jalan Travers police station Saturday, also named Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail, minister in the prime minister’s office Mohamed Nazri Aziz, and Inspector General of Police Musa Hassan in the complaint.

The Hindraf’s response came amidst reports that the government could invoke the stringent International Security Act (ISA) against top Hindraf leaders who organized a protest rally on Nov 25 to voice their grievances, claming to speak for the two million-plus, predominantly Tamil Hindu population of immigrants from India.

The rally was declared illegal and forcibly dispersed. Thirty-one people associated with the rally have been denied bail and are being persecuted on charges ranging from disturbing peace to attacking a policeman on duty with intent to murder.

The Badawi government has reacted strongly to the Hindraf’s reported charge of religious discrimination and “ethnic cleansing” of the Indians, who account for eight percent of the country’s 27 million population.

The government has said Hindraf was an “extremist” group, but has so far stopped short of calling it “terrorist”, something that would invite invoking of draconian laws. Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak asked Hindraf leaders to “be prepared for the consequences”, saying there was “no room for extremists and fanatics”.

Mumbai Trains :Boycott

Mumbai commuters to ‘boycott’ trains on Monday

Mumbai: Over three million Western Railway commuters will mark World Human Rights Day Monday (Dec 10) with an unprecedented mass protest – a voluntary “boycott” of the local train services for the day to demand increased frequency of trains.The move has been openly supported by all national, regional and local political parties, social and commuters’ organisations, and more than 1,000 co-operative housing societies.

The 25 km-long target is between Dahisar (the last suburban station on Mumbai side) and Virar (the last station in adjoining Thane district), the northernmost sector in Western Railway (WR)’s 60 km-long suburban section.

The suburban sections, comprising WR, Central Railway and harbour lines are the lifeline of Mumbai and carry nearly eight million commuters to and from homes and offices daily.

IANS Sunday.

Delays in Issue of Visas; Indian Embassy at London

The unhelpful attitude of the Indian Embassy staff in various countries and their rude behaviour towards all, especially Indians, is well known.  

So there is nothing surprising in the following report, 0f 09 Dec 07.

IFS officer at India mission in UK attacked

New Delhi: An IFS officer, Anupam Ray,  on deputation to the High Commission in London, was assaulted on Friday by some Britons. The reason? There was an inordinate delay in issuing visas, said sources in the High Commission to HT.The offenders had to be taken away by the diplomatic protection group.

A shaken Ray, who was due to move to the US in January, is flying to Washington on Monday itself. An MEA spokesperson, however, denied the matter, saying there was only an incident of a lady assaulting a security guard with her umbrella. London Mayor Ken Livingstone had raised the visa delay matter during his recent visit to India. Another senior High Commission official, Gitesh Sarma, traveled to India last month to seek his transfer out of London as soon as possible.

Failure by the senior officials to put adequate systems in place to cope with the additional winter rush for visas to India has led to large queues in front of the High Commission choking traffic all the way beyond the London.

 Even the plan to outsource some of the consular arrangements (like collection of application forms and return of visa-stamped passports) has not taken off in London, although it is in place in many other Indian missions abroad, official sources said.

To add to their woes, the Mission has been flooded with complaints from people of Indian origin who are seeking their People of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Indian Citizen (OIC) cards that will give them dual citizenship rights. 

Some senior officials, including Ray and Rajat Bagchi, who oversees Indian Affairs as the Minister (Coordination) in the High Commission, are being transferred out following the spate of complaints.