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Hindraf leader not to contest against Samy Vellu|
Contributed by Anonymous on Thursday, February 07 @ 19:13:07 CST
|Thursday, February 7, 2008
Kuala Lumpur (PTI): An ethnic Indian leader held
under a controversial security law here has turned down appeals from supporters
to contest against a Malaysian Minister belonging to the community in the coming
general elections, saying he preferred to remain "apolitical".
P Uthayakumar, along with five other leaders of NGO
Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), has been under detention for two months now
under the tough Internal Security Act after they organised a massive rally of
ethnic Indians to protest their alleged marginalisation in this multi-racial
Uthayakumar's response came after several supporters
urged him to stand against Samy Vellu, the president of the Malaysian Indian
Congress (MIC), a component of the ruling Nasional Barisan party coalition.
Vellu is also the Works Minister in the cabinet of premier Abdullah Badawi.
Hindraf coordinator R S Thanenthiran said
Uthayakumar preferred to remain "apolitical" so that he could serve the ethnic
Indian community "more effectively".
Thanenthiran said he had met Uthayakumar last week
at a hospital where the Hindraf leader was admitted after he complained of
"But he will support other Hindraf leaders if they
want to contest since they will be championing Indians rights," Thanenthiran was
quoted by the Star newspaper as saying today.
Last week, 200 workers employed at plantations
staged a demonstration at a temple in Ayer Tawar urging one of the five detained
Hindraf leader to take on Samy Vellu who has been at the helm of MIC for over
two decades now.
Many Indian activists accuse Vellu of not doing
enough for the community.
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