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MIC Youth rap Malay Mail

Contributed by Anonymous on Wednesday, August 26 @ 09:29:40 CDT

Unhappy with news report on caste politics in the party
Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 The Malay Mail
UNHAPPY: MIC members shouting slogans outside the Malay Mail office before handing over a protest memorandum yesterday
ABOUT 100 Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) Youth members carrying banners and chanting slogans in Tamil staged an angry protest against Malay Mail outside our Dataran 3 Dua office in Petaling Jaya yesterday. They also handed over a memorandum protesting a story published in the paper.

The article, “MIC battles caste politics” on page 3 of Monday’s edition, touched on the prevalence of caste politics in the party, accompanied by graphics that depicted leaders of various castes in the MIC battling for posts in the Sept 12 party elections. Group leader deputy MIC Youth chief V. Mugilan, who handed over the memorandum to a senior administrative officer of the paper at 11am, said: “We are unhappy with the way this article was written, especially how the caste system was brought up. "We want an apology within 24-hours or we will take the matter up with the Home Ministry as well as consider legal action.” He said so far 12 reports had been lodged against the two writers of the reports by Youth divisions nationwide. The memorandum in Bahasa Malaysia said: “We want to show our dissatisfaction over the said article... where the contents had insulted the Indian race in general and the MIC specifically.” Indian Newspaper Vendors Association president Datuk N. Muneandy also lodged a report against Malay Mail on the same article at the Brickfields district police station about 3pm. In his report, Muneandy said: “We the Tamil commuinity feel (the writers) have hurt the integrity of the Tamil community in Malaysia. We (the people) in Malaysia don’t encourage caste issues and don’t practise it in common. “The journalists who wrote the articles have tarnished the pride of individuals by stating their caste and they should be brought to justice by the authorities and charged in court for bringing disunity and damaging the individuals’ position in the Tamil community.” Yesterday, Malay Mail ran a clarification which has been reproduced in full below. Sea Park and Petaling Jaya police were present during the protest. WITHOUT MALICE MALAY Mail may have unfortunately given an impression that it was maligning the Indian community
when it made a specific reference to a caste in our graphics accompanying its Page 3 report “MIC battles caste politics” on Aug 24.
We acknowledge that we could have calibrated that word in the graphics differently, and apologise to those aggrieved by our miscue. We accept this as a teaching moment in our efforts to address situations in the various communities. Malay Mail is very proud about its diversity within the Indian community and how hard we’ve worked over the years to build a strong, solid relationship between the paper and the community.



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