Indians made up almost 8 per cent of the country’s population. Recently, the police have made an alarming claim that almost 71 per cent of all triad members are Malaysians of Indian origin.
In a 2012 report, the deputy minister of home affairs Lee Chee Leong said that almost 60 per cent of the total prison inmates were Malaysian Indians.
P Uthayakumar, the brother of Deputy Minister P Waythamoorthy and a Hindraf founder, has blamed it on Umno for neglecting and excluding the Indians from the mainstream development. He said that Indians have been denied equal opportunities in jobs, business, education, licences, et cetera that would give them upward mobility opportunities.
Ironically, Uthayakumar is also part of the prison statistics. He is currently serving a jail term of two years and six months after being found guilty of writing a letter of a seditious nature against the government to former British prime minister Gordon Brown six years ago.
Weeks before the 13th general election (GE13) last May, Waythamoorthy pledged his support for Barisan Nasional (BN) after signing a memorandum of understanding with the BN government to improve the economic position of the Indian community. His action had caused a spilt within Hindraf and he was subsequently “sacked” from the faction led by Uthayakumar.
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