Makkal Sakti – Pakatan stop your lies
KUALA LUMPUR – Makkal Sakti party president, Datuk R.S. Thanenthiran described Pakatan Rakyat claims that there are 300,000 stateless Indians in Malaysia as an absolute lie.
Thanenthiran told The Mole that the figure is an exaggeration and baseless.
“The figure is absolutely a lie and an exaggeration. Only God knows where they got the figures from,” Thanenthiran said.
“We don’t deny the issue persists, but I believe, at most, the number of stateless Indians at most is less than 10,000,” he added.
“Bear in mind it’s not only Indians who are facing the citizenship issue…there are other people who didn’t apply for proper documentation and are facing similar predicament.
“There is no need for the opposition to use racial sentiments and using Indians for their political mileage,” said Thanenthiran.
He was commenting on the planned sit-in protest by PKR vice president N.Surendran and other opposition leaders outside the National Registration Department (NRD) on Dec 12. The protest is over the plight of stateless Malaysian Indians in the country.
Thanenthiran said there are several factors including logistics and ignorance which caused some Indians to not register their children.
“Of course we understand that those living in rural areas might find it a hassle. But credit must be given to the NRD because they have been going to those areas to get these people registered,” he added.
On Sunday Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the claims of some 300,000 Indians without identification documents or citizenship is a lie fabricated by the Opposition to infuse hatred towards the government.
Najib reportedly said the claim was not true because based on checks only 9,000 such cases existed and 50 per cent of the cases have been solved.
Meanwhile Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) de facto leader P.Uthayakumar said both the government and Pakatan Rakyat are wrong with their estimation.
According to Uthayakumar there are actually 450,000 stateless Indians in the country.
“Our estimation of 450,000 poor and stateless ethnic Indian is based on the statement by former Selangor Mentri Besar Dr Mohamed Khir Toyo who in 2007 had acknowledged that there were some 40,000 stateless Indian children in Selangor alone who are denied their birth certificates,” Uthayakumar said.
Asked whether he has done a study or survey to back up his claims, Uthayakumar said the figure is solely estimated based on Khir’s statement.
He also said that he has written a letter to Najib and the Home Ministry in September this year addressing this matter but to no avail.
Uthayakumar said Hindraf will not participate during the sit-in (on Dec 12) as they have their own awareness programmes to highlight this issue.
Asked whether he supports the sit-in, Uthayakumar said: “What choice do we have? All avenues have been exhausted but no one seems to car – mole.my