PETALING JAYA, 11 May 2009: Gerakan has urged Indian Malaysians to unite, and invited the five Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leaders who were recently released from Internal Security Act detention to join in this quest.
Gerakan vice-president A Kohilan Pillay called on all parties to look beyond the divisions and tribulations of the past two years and to unite to further the interests of all Indian Malaysians.
“Gerakan invites anyone who is interested in being part of the struggle to transform the Indian community. I welcome all parties including the Hindraf 5 to join us in this quest, and together we begin a new chapter in Indian [Malaysian] relations in this country,” Kohilan said today in a statement.
“While I still harbour some disagreements with their (Hindraf’s) approach, I have to say that the time has come for the Indian community in Malaysia to unite,” added Kohilan, who is also foreign affairs deputy minister.
He said the government must do more to help Indian Malaysians but he was grateful for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s positive response about the matter.
“However, we too as a community must start thinking and acting like a cohesive unit and stop allowing unscrupulous parties from taking advantage of the present divisions,” Kohilan said.
He added that he welcomed the release of the remaining three Hindraf leaders, M Manoharan, K Vasanthakumar and P Uthayakumar, and urged the government to allow exiled Hindraf leader P Waytha Moorthy to return.
Waytha Moorthy earlier announced that he would return to Malaysia with or without any government assurance or conditions. The Hindraf leader has been living in self-exile in the UK since November 2007.