Perkasa meanwhile has no immediate plans to hold a counter rally to Bersih 3.0 gathering on April 28.
PETALING JAYA: Hindraf’s participation in the upcoming Bersih 3.0 rally will depend on the opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat’s response to an invitation it extended yesterday.
Hindraf had yesterday invited Opposition Leader and PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang to outline plans for Indian poor in the first 100 days if Pakatan Rakyat forms the next federal government.
Hindraf’s de facto leader P Uthayakumar today said the group has put a caveat on its participation in the Bersih rally on April 28 pending Pakatan’s decision.
“It depends on whether they accept our invitation or not,” said Uthayakumar.
Meanwhile PKR it appears is not in favour of kow-towing to Hindraf’s demands.
PKR vice president N Surendran in a reaction to Hindraf’s reported invitation, yesterday twittered: “We believe in development based on need and not race.”
Surendran said Pakatan’s common policy as outlined in Buku Jingga had nothing specific for any race.
The Bersih 3.0 rally is efforts of a 62-member strong coalition of NGOs. It is led by former Bar Council chairman S Ambiga and National Laureate A Samad Said.
Last year’s rally saw some 50,000 participants.
Perkasa holds back
When asked why Hindraf was linking Pakatan to the Bersih rally, Uthayakumar said: “Everyone knows that Pakatan is behind it even though they don’t say it.”
But Ambiga when contacted brushed off Uthayakumar’s allegations.
“Please note we are critical of the PSC which also consisted of Pakatan members,” she said.
Meanwhile in a related development, Malay rights group, Perkasa secretary general Syed Hasan Syed Ali told FMT that presently it had no plans to hold a counter rally.