Samy: Hindraf leader spreading lies in India

(The Star) – CHENNAI: MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu lambasted the outlawed Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leader, P. Waythamoorthy, for distributing a pamphlet containing seditious allegations at the ongoing Pravasi Bharatiya Divas here.

“All the allegations are lies. As a lawyer, he should know that he would have to pay for it if he tells lies,” he told reporters.

Samy Vellu said the Indian Government and leaders were wise and would not listen to their call for them to stop all investments in Malaysia and also refrain from buying palm oil.

He said Waythamoorthy was behind time when he alleged that Indian slavery, including sex and child slavery was rampant in Malaysia even after 51 years of independence.

Samy Vellu, who is leading a 150-member delegation to the three-day conference, said the claim that there were 150,000 Malaysian Indians who were stateless was an outright lie.

In fact there were only 21,000 people without birth certificates and the Home Affairs Ministry had been directed to attend to the problem, he said.

Samy Vellu said they would write to the Indian government to inform them that the allegations in the pamphlet were not true.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam, who is also here, said he had briefed Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukerjee, Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Overseas Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi last week about the situation faced by Indians in Malaysia.

“They value the good relationship between Malaysia and India and are aware of the tremendous progress of the Indian community in Malaysia,” he said.