"Hindraf Rally Politically Motivated." - How True Is This Najib Statement?
Whatever the motive, he added, the government would not be afraid of facing it.
"We will meet the challenge. We will not back down from a political challenge," he told reporters when asked whether the gathering posed a challenge to the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.
Najib, who is also BN deputy chairman, said that if the BN government had been discriminatory in its policies against the Indian community as claimed by Hindraf, the Indian community would not have supported the BN and the coalition would not have achieved its massive electoral victories.
"Now, all of a sudden, they (Hindraf) want to raise the issue (of alleged marginalisation). Their (Hindraf's) intention is politically motivated," he said after taking delivery of three Dauphin AS365 N3 helicopters from Eurocopter Malaysia for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in Subang near here.
Thousands of Hindraf sympathisers gathered in the heart of Kuala Lumpur yesterday to support the handing over of a petition to the British High Commission asking Queen Elizabeth II to appoint a Queen's counsel to represent the Indian community in a class action suit against the British Government for bringing Indians as indentured labourers to then Malaya and exploiting them.
Hindraf has filed a US$4-trillion (RM13.5 trillion) suit in London claiming that the British were to blame for the marginalization of Indians in Malaysia.
Police dispersed the Hindraf supporters with the use of tear gas and water cannons at the junction of Jalan Tun Razak and Jalan Ampang, preventing them from getting to the British High Commission in Jalan Ampang.
Some of the supporters turned violent and damaged public property and hurled stones and other objects at the police, injuring several policemen. Over 130 people were arrested.
Asked about the complaints by traders that their business was disrupted by the gathering, Najib said such gatherings would definitely have an adverse impact on the economy and disrupt the daily life of the people.
"The people will have to put up with roadblocks and such, which had resulted in bad traffic congestion over the last three days," he said. (Bernama)
***** I've already said my piece in the previous posts in this blog. But what do you think? Is Najib right when he alludes to a political motive behind the Hindraf rally? Or is it a protest by discriminated, marginalised and impoverished Malaysian citizens whose dilemma the rest of the world fully knows and acknowledges, with the exception of Umno leaders and their cronies?
But one thing I'm sure of is that not even one of these conscienceless political Umno pirates infesting our nation will accept responsibility for the state of utter disrepair our perpaduan is in. They will continue with their empty sloganeering and lofty speeches. For in their convoluted greedy mind they can do no wrong. It is a trait they share with dictators and mad men through the ages.
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