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Friday, February 28, 2014

Waytha: Prove what govt has done for Indians

Umno leaders Khairy Jamaluddin and Hishammuddin Hussein are 'invited' to present their 'helping the Indian community' case to Kajang voters.
waythamoorthyPETALING JAYA: Hindraf leader P Waythamoorthy today challenged Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein to present a full report on what the government has done for the Indian community.
Waythamoorthy who recently resigned from all his government posts said this as a comeback to Khairy and Hishammuddin’s criticism on the former for not being a team player.
“Hindraf maintains its claim that the Indians in Malaysia have been marginalised from the mainstream development of the country,” Waythamoorthy said in a statement today.
He added that Khairy and Hishammuddin are ‘invited’ with their ‘team players’, the MIC, to meet the 10% Indian voters in Kajang and to present their case of how, as a team, they have helped the community.
“Let the Kajang people decide whether to believe Barisan Nasional’s (BN) achievements or not.
“This exercise, if both ministers dare, will provide a yardstick (for us) to gauge what they and their ‘team players’ have done for the community,” said Waythamoorthy.
He stated that although RM1,115 billion had been spent through the last 10 Malaysian Development Plans, there had however not been any significant allocations made for the development of the Indian poor over the past 48-years.
“All the so-called allocation had come in the last five years in a piecemeal manner, it had been handled by the existing political parties without accountability, transparency or any monitoring,” he said.
He explained that the purpose of the Hindraf-BN Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was for a special unit to ensure that a fair amount of funds were allocated on a targeted basis for the upliftment of the Indian poor.
“This was not an exclusive treatment but rather to correct and rectify previous lapses made by the government due to its lopsided governance and policies,” he said.
Waythamoorthy resigned from the government after accusing the government of not sticking to the MOU signed between Barisan Nasional and Hindraf just before the 2013 general election.
Since his resignation, he has been highly critical of the Najib administration for not doing enough for the Indian community.

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