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Tuesday, April 30, 2024

I don't need love, treat Indians better - Ramasamy

KKB BY-ELECTION | United for the Rights of Malaysians Party (Urimai) chairperson P Ramasamy has demanded better treatment for the Indian community.

This is in response to Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil’s suggestion that he seek love by joining Perikatan Nasional.

He thanked Fahmi for the suggestion but clarified that he sought fair treatment for the Indian community and all Malaysians.

“Thank you, Fahmi, for directing me to PN to seek the much-needed love and care.

“Sorry, I don’t need love, but what I need is for the government to be fair to the Indians and other deserving Malaysians,” he said in a statement today.

Following his call for Kuala Kubu Baharu voters not to vote for Pakatan Harapan in the by-election, Fahmi, who is also PKR’s information chief, suggested Ramasamy join the PN coalition as the latter “lacked love”.

Ramasamy responded by urging Fahmi to understand the struggles faced by the oppressed and discriminated, emphasising that true love is achieved through human emancipation.

Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil

Ramasamy criticised attempts to manipulate the Indian community for political gain and highlighted various forms of discrimination faced by Indians in Malaysia.

The former Penang deputy chief minister said Indians in the country had faced discrimination from all corners and slowly realised that Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim was full of fluff.

“Indians are discriminated against in employment in the public sector, the entry to matriculation programmes, and public universities.

“Indians are called ‘keling’ to belittle them, and the conventional practice of appointing an Indian cabinet minister was bypassed,” he admonished.

Asserting Urimai’s commitment to protecting the Indian community, Ramasamy criticised MIC, calling the BN component party a pushover and vowed to resist discrimination or bullying from any political party or coalition.

He also questioned the need for Harapan to rely on MIC for Indian votes in the Kuala Kubu Baharu by-election, questioning the relevance of a party that is neither “dead nor alive”.

Focus on job, not politics

In another statement, Urimai secretary Satees Muniandy advised Fahmi to focus on his ministerial duties rather than making political statements daily.

Urimai secretary Satees Muniandy

He criticised the government’s suppression of freedom of expression and urged the minister to empower his agencies instead of engaging in political propaganda.

Highlighting the importance of educating Indian voters and challenging Harapan’s narrative, Satees questioned Fahmi’s agitation over Urimai’s campaign in Kuala Kubu Baharu, suggesting that it reflects the government’s insecurity about its performance.

“It is our duty to enlighten Indian voters not to fall for Harapan’s fallacy again. Why is Fahmi restless about it if his government is doing its job?” Satees jibed. - Mkini

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