“Pakatan cut the crap”- Where are the 300,000?
KUALA LUMPUR – MIC vice-president Datuk S.K Devamany wants Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice-president N. Surendran and Bersih chairperson Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan to sit down and discuss the issue of stateless Indians with MIC leaders, instead of taking it to the streets.
Devamany told – during the 66th MIC general assembly yesterday, “You tell Surendran that I have asked him alongside Ambiga to sit down and have a talk with MIC leaders over the matter.”
Devamany condemned Surendran and other opposition leaders on their plan to have a sit-in protest outside the National Registration Department (NRD) on Dec 12 to protest over the plight of stateless Malaysian Indians in the country. He stated that a rally culture will destabilise the nation.
“We will not move until Home Minister (Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein) and Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) promises to resolve the problem facing some 300,000 Malaysian Indians,’’ Surendran was reported saying.
Meanwhile, MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel during a press conference at the general assembly questioned: “Where are the 300,000, what is he talking about?”
“If he claims there are 300,000, present us with the name list, then we can sit down and talk about it,’’ Palanivel added.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak rebuked claims of having about 300,000 stateless Indians to a jam-packed of about 1,400 party delegates and 2,000 observers present at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC).
Najib said: “Firstly, there are no such claims. We have identified 9,000 stateless Indians and 4,500 have been issued their identity cards and birth certificates while 2,000 are still in the waiting list.”
He also said the opposition had promised to issue these stateless Indians with their documentations in one month if they had the power, this means they will have to solve 10,000 cases in a day.
“It means that they (Pakatan Rakyat) will find these 10,000 people, process their applications and approve them with their citizenships,’’ Najib added.
Prior to this, MIC secretary-general Datuk S.Murugesan expressed shock over PKR’s claims that there were over 300,000 Malaysian Indians without birth certificates and identity cards and offered to help the opposition party to solve the issue. – Mole