Apartheid racist policy was continued and intensified under Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s premiership.
1970 and 2012, the government set aside RM1.1 trillion for economic
development but the money never reached ethnic Indians, claims Hindraf.
PADANG SERAI: Malaysian Indians are the single largest displaced
community in the Southeast Asia region, claimed Hindraf Makkal Sakti.
Its chairman P Waythamoorthy said ethnic Indians, who were brought to
Malaya as indentured labour since 200 years ago, suffered tremendously
under Umno-sponsored racist displacement policy after independence.
Due to this relentless Umno-sponsored displacement policy, he said some
800,000 ethnic Indian workers and their families have been uprooted from
the country’s plantation sectors.
“Indians became the region’s
biggest single community victmised by state-sponsored displacement
policy,” Waythamoorthy told a small gathering here during a briefing on
Saturday night on Hindraf’s blueprint. He said the mass displacement
policy was first mooted under the New Economic Policy (NEP) in 1970
after Abdul Razak Hussein replaced Tunku Abdul Rahman as the prime
He said the racist policy was continued unabated and intensified under Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s premiership.
Since then, he said, Indian plantation workers were thrown out of their
homes without compensation of any form, cash, land, houses or jobs.
He claimed Indians were also denied skills training and opportunities
for new jobs. They were also denied Tamil school, cultural and religious
He said the United Nations guidelines on displacement
and re-settlement clearly stated that such state policies amounted to
He recalled that rubber exports was the Malaya’s
main revenue earner since colonial days, hence ethnic Indians were the
major workforce to move the nation’s economy. Under the UN
guidelines and domestic land settlement laws, he said the government
should have given ethnic Indians land and houses, and provided them
business and job opportunities. Money never reached Indians
However, he said the Umno government systematically excluded Indians
from the NEP and violated their rights by flushing them out from their
homes and abandoning them like orphans in the name of development and
“They became jobless, homeless, and suffered from social-ills. “They lost their Tamil schools, Hindu temples and burial grounds. “They lost their community neighbourhoods, which are crucial for religious and cultural growth. “They were disfranchised and defragmented.
“This is how Umno repaid Indians who have contributed so much to the country’s well being,” pointed out Waythamoorthy.
He said over the years the Umno government had set aside some RM1.1
trillion for economic development between 1970 and 2012, but the money
never reached ethnic Indians.
In contrary, he said ethnic Malays
were given free land to develop rubber small holdings, landed property
to live and hefty cash compensation when they were displaced from
traditional villages. “Thus Felda, Felcra and Risda schemes were
executed for Malays only,” said the Hindraf supremo, citing Felda
Sendayan in Negeri Sembilan and Felda LBJ in Sepang.
When NEP was launched, Waythamoorthy said Razak declared it would give land for the landless and job for jobless. “However, in reality, it was land for landless Malays and job for jobless Malays,” he noted.