Original Hindraf Denies Making New Demands, Hindraf 2.0 Did

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Hindraf chairman P Waythamoorthy tells the group calling itself Hindraf 2.0, which is under Uthayakumar, to stop confusing the people.

Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) clarified it has not sent any demands to the Pakatan Harapan government, Council of Eminent Persons or the Institutional Reforms Committee (IRC).

The demands were made by another group, Waythamoorthy said in a statement today.

It was reported yesterday that Hindraf 2.0 under the leadership of lawyer Uthayakumar had submitted 25 demands to the IRC to improve the lives and livelihood of the bottom 75% (B75) of the Indian community.

He proposed an old demand of opening up UiTM, a public university created for the bumiputeras, for all Malaysians.

He asked that Felcra and Felda be opened up to the Indians.

He also demanded the repatriation of the estimated 4.6 million illegal foreign workers in 20% stages over the next five years while halting work permit renewals for all existing legal foreign workers.

“There is no such organisation as Hindraf 2.0. Its so-called leader P Uthayakumar is the leader of Human Rights Party. He was never part of any Hindraf activities since 2008 as he wanted to develop his own political party. His actions have caused confusion, anger and hatred among the public,” Waythamoorthy said.

“Hindraf wishes to invite Uthayakumar to formally join as a member of Hindraf if he so wishes. Confusing the people with a similar name to Hindraf is not helping our long struggle to find permanent and comprehensive solutions to the peoples’ problems,” he added.

He also said Hindraf had worked closely with PH chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad over the past year to ensure PH’s victory.

“I wish to say clearly to Uthayakumar. The war is over with the defeat of BN.

“Uthayakumar must drop his confrontational path and join all those who are now working hard to build a new Malaysia.

“It is time to rebuild the community in the new Malaysia that was the result of hard work of all those who supported Pakatan.”(Prime Minister) Tun Dr Mahathir (Mohamad) has given his commitment to Hindraf to solve the long-standing issues and we are already working with Tun and other Pakatan leaders.”

Waythamoorthy and Uthayakumar are brothers but had a falling out over different approaches to handling the problems of the Indian community.

Hindraf was set up in 2005 by Waythamoorthy, Uthayakumar and several others to champion the cause of poor Indians.

Following the detention of Uthayakumar and four others under the Internal Security Act in 2007, Hindraf was briefly helmed by its coordinator, RS Thanenthiran, who later formed the Malaysia Makkal Sakti Party to join the BN.

Waythamoorthy, who was in exile in London after his passport was revoked, returned home to lead Hindraf and signed a memorandum of understanding with the BN just before GE13. He was then appointed deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.

However, he quit his post the following year, claiming that Najib had failed to honour Hindraf’s blueprint to uplift the poor in the Indian community. In this election, he teamed up with PH.

Uthayakumar has been quiet for a couple of years but emerged suddenly after the Pakatan government was formed.