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They Don't Love The Nation, Says Abdullah

Contributed by Anonymous on Thursday, December 13 @ 02:44:58 CST

National: Politics
PETALING JAYA, Dec 13 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Thursday that those who defame the country overseas are people who do not love their country.

"The people are also angry at those who go overseas to seek support and cook up baseless allegations.

"Actually they don't love the country, they only hunger for power and don't care about what happens to the country," he told reporters after receiving a memorandum from the Damai Malaysia group opposing street demonstrations in the country.  


Abdullah said that those who were obsessed with their views did not care about the consequences of their acts.

"We are the ones who have to face everything. We have to defend the peace and well-being of the people," he said.

Damai Malaysia, a group of caring Malaysian non-governmental organisations (NGOs), submitted the five-page memorandum from 395 NGOs which jointly rejected street demonstrations and called on the government to take stern action against the culprits.

Abdullah said the country had become developed and successful based on the practice of democracy which respected and upheld the law and constitution.

Malaysia still gave the people the freedom to voice their opinions, including in the mass media, he said.

"If this freedom is used in an irresponsible manner, the people will suffer," he added.

He said that as a result of the recent street demonstrations, various sectors, especially the tourism and business sectors, had suffered losses.

He had been informed that hotels in the Bukit Bintang area had received 10 per cent cancellations of room reservations because of these demonstrations.

"If already 10 per cent of the bookings are cancelled, it's a loss to the hotels. Besides, I believe that the tour agencies and tour bus operators have also received cancellations," he said.

The memorandum submitted by Damai Malaysia coordinating chairman Mohd Saiful Adil Mohd Daud contained a declaration condemning the organisation of any street demonstrations and rejecting discussions on sensitive issues like race and religion through this means.

The declaration also condemned certain parties which resort to fraud, defamation and sedition to get the support of foreign countries and powers to interfere in Malaysia's internal affairs.

Among the 395 NGOs in Damai Malaysia are the Federation of Peninsular Malay Students (GPMS), Malaysian Association of Youth Clubs, Felda Youth Council Malaysia, Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia and the United Indian Welfare Organisation.

Speaking in KUANTAN later, upon his arrival for a one-day visit to Pahang, Abdullah labelled those who solicit support from outsiders as traitors and the action of the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), which claimed to fight for the rights of the Indian community in Malaysia, as an attempt to destroy the country and racial unity.

"This is a betrayal of our country. Was there ethnic cleansing? There was nothing about wiping out the Indians in the country," he said at a function to welcome him and his wife, Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah at the Royal Malaysian Air Force base.

Abdullah said the Barisan Nasional-led government always listened to the views of the people which were conveyed through the proper channels like the elected representatives, associations, non-governmental organisations and certain committees.

"We carry out development according to the wishes and aspirations of the people and we practise a policy of helping all the races," he said.

-- BERNAMA

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PM: Hindraf wants to destroy the country
Dec 13, 07 Malaysiakini
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today said the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) is attempting to destroy the country with its actions.

He also slammed those who tarnish the name of Malaysia overseas and described them as people who do not love the country.

In an obvious reference to Hindraf chairperson P Waythamoorthy, Abdullah said those who solicit support from outsiders are traitors.

This is a betrayal of our country. Was there ethnic cleansing? There was nothing about wiping out the Indians in the country," he was quoted as saying by Bernama.

The premier said the people are angry at those who go overseas to seek support and cook up baseless allegations.

"Actually they don't love the country, they only hunger for power and don't care about what happens to the country," he added.

Abdullah said that those who were obsessed with their views did not care about the consequences of their acts.

"We are the ones who have to face everything. We have to defend the peace and well-being of the people," he said.

Waythamoorhy is currently in London canvassing for support. Previously, he was in India where he met several top politicians.

Hindraf has accused the Malaysian government of marginalising the Indians and subjecting them to ethnic cleansing.

On Nov 25, it organised a massive street rally which incurred the wrath of government leaders who later linked the movement to terrorist organisations, a charge which has been denied.

There is freedom of expression

Meanwhile, Abdullah said the country had become developed and successful based on the practice of democracy which respected and upheld the law and constitution.

Malaysia still gave the people the freedom to voice their opinions, including in the mass media, he said.

"If this freedom is used in an irresponsible manner, the people will suffer," he added.

He said that as a result of the recent street demonstrations, various sectors, especially the tourism and business sectors, had suffered losses.

He had been informed that hotels in the Bukit Bintang area had received 10 percent cancellations of room reservations because of these demonstrations.

"If already 10 percent of the bookings are cancelled, it's a loss to the hotels. Besides, I believe that the tour agencies and tour bus operators have also received cancellations," he said.

Abdullah said the Barisan Nasional-led government always listened to the views of the people which were conveyed through the proper channels like the elected representatives, associations, non-governmental organisations and certain committees.

"We carry out development according to the wishes and aspirations of the people and we practise a policy of helping all the races," he said.

Earlier, the prime minister received a memorandum a memorandum from the Damai Malaysia group opposing street demonstrations in the country.

Damai Malaysia, a group of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), submitted the five-page memorandum from 395 NGOs which jointly rejected street demonstrations and called on the government to take stern action against the culprits. This afternoon, the police arrested five Hindraf leaders, including its legal adviser P Uthayakumar, under the Internal Security Act.
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PM to meet Indian groups tomorrowRK Anand | Dec 13, 07 4:02pm
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is expected to meet several Indian non-governmental organisations, community leaders and academicians tomorrow.

The meeting, scheduled for 9am at the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya, comes in the wake of a mass rally organised by the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) on Nov 25 and the allegation that Indians have been marginalised.

However, one observer, who declined to be named, described the meeting as nothing more than a public relations exercise which will not address the root causes of the problems affecting the community.

The reason for this, according to the observer, is that the more critical voices in the Indian community have been excluded.

It is learnt that those invited are the National Land Cooperative Society Limited (NLFCS), the Malaysian Hindu Sangam, Hindu Youth Organisation, Malaysian Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Tamil Youth Bell Club, Malaysian Indian Youth Council, Malaysian Indian Business Association, Hindu Dharmam Mahamandram, National Union of Plantation Workers (NUPW), human rights commissioner N Siva Subramaniam and economist Dr R Thillainathan.

“The PM says his got big ears and that he is willing to listen to the truth, but I doubt this group will be able to tell him the truth,” said the observer.

He said the meeting - organised by Abdullah’s special aides popularly known as the ‘fourth floor’ - will turn out to be more of a damage control exercise.

“Some of these groups get government grants while there are also those which are aligned to MIC, namely party president S Samy Vellu,” he added.

Detractors have also accused MIC and its leaders of failing to represent the Indian community effectively, a charge which has been denied by its veteran president.

‘PM being misled’

The observer said if the government is sincere in wanting to resolve the problems faced by the community, then they should listen to all groups and not only those “who will paint a rosy picture”.

“The PM is being misled by those who organised the meeting by leaving out the majority of the Indian representation.

“The community’s support has gravitated towards Hindraf, if the government does not wish to engage the movement’s leaders in a discussion, that is fine, but they should talk to everyone else,” he added.

The observer also noted that organisations linked to Samy Vellu’s former deputy and political nemesis S Subramaniam have also been left out.

He said when the question was raised as to why the other groups were not invited, the reply from the Prime Minister’s Department is that they do not want to turn it into a political issue.

The Hindraf rally which saw some 30,000 people taking to the streets had incurred the wrath of government leaders.

The rally was organised to support a class action suit filed by the movement against the British government for bringing Indians to Malaysia as indentured labourers.

Hindraf also submitted a memorandum to the British government alleging Indians in Malaysia are being marginalised and subjected to ethnic cleansing.

Earlier today, five Hindraf leaders were arrested under the Internal Security Act for being a threat to national security.


 
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