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PKR: Najib Perkecil Angka Golongan India Tanpa Kerakyatan

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 01:03 AM PST

Naib presiden PKR N Surendran menyelar dakwaan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak yang mendakwa hanya terdapat 9,000 masyarakat India tanpa kewarganegaraan di Malaysia.
"Kenyataan perdana menteri tidak jujur dan cubaan memalukan untuk memperkecil-kecilkan jumlah keturunan India tanpa kerakyatan di Malaysia; jumlah 9,000 adalah tidak berasas dan tidak masuk akal," katanya dalam satu kenyataan.

Najib semalam menafikan dakwaan Pakatan Rakyat bahawa terdapat 300,000 keturuan India tanpa kerakyatan di negara ini.

Dalam ucapannya di perhimpunan agung MIC semalam, Najib berkata jumlah itu diperbesar-besarkan, namun tidak memberi anggaran sebenar jumlah anggota masyarakat India yang mengalami masalah itu.

Katanya, semakannya menunjukkan seramai 9,000 orang telah mendaftar dan sebanyak 4,500 kes telah diselesaikan dan diberi kad pengenalan, manakala seramai 2,000 lagi sedang diproses.

Surendran berkata, perdana menteri membuat anggaran itu berdasarkan jumlah individu yang tampil ke kaunter Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara semasa kempen MyDaftar.

Namun, jumlah sebenar mungkin "terlepas pandang" memandangkan kempen MyDaftar hanya dijalankan selama beberapa minggu.

"Perdana menteri memperolok-olokkan dan menipu masyarakat India," katanya lagi.

Surendran seterusnya mendakwa, Najib tidak menjalankan usaha untuk menyelesaikan isu masyarakat India tanpa kerakyatan.

Katanya, satu-satunya penyelesaian kepada isu berkenaan adalah menemui individu terjejas di seluruh negara dan mendaftar golongan itu secara sistematik.

Sumber: Malaysiakini

‘Stateless’ Indians Sue Govt

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 12:05 AM PST

KUALA LUMPUR: Three Malaysian "stateless Indians" have filed a suit against Putrajaya at the High Court here today in a move, which their lawyer said, signalled their despondency over the ruling coalition's lack of political will to resolve the longstanding issue.

The three, represented by N Surendran who is also PKR vice-president, said they named the Home Ministry, the National Registration Department and the Malaysian government as defendants.

Speaking to reporters later, the human rights lawyer said S Letchumy, K Sarojini and K Mala were part of a larger problem facing thousands of Malaysian Indians allegedly denied citizenship.

"They are asking for a court order on the defendants to immediately issue a MyKad which they have unlawfully denied. They are also asking for a declaration that their fundamental rights have been violated and are claiming for damages," he said.

The filing came just two days before the opposition bloc planned to hold a sit-in outside the NRD office to protest against the alleged systematic effort by the authorities to deprive the minority Indians of their basic rights.

Malaysian Indians, who form less than 10% of the country's population, are among the poorest.

The majority of them have no basic education and Surendran said one of the major reasons was that their citizenship status, despite being born in Malaysia, remained unknown.

"Both Letchumy and Sarojini did not go to school because they have no IC (identification card)," he said.

Surendran claimed that there were currently 300,000 "stateless Indians".

His colleague in PKR R Sivarasa said this was a conservative figure based on their calculation.

The Subang MP cited the report, made by chief statistician of Malaysia, R Chander, to show that the population growth for the Indians was below the projection, alleging that this meant the numbers of those left out by NRD could be more.

Putrajaya dismissed the accusation that it was intentionally victimising the Indians as baseless but admitted that the problem was real with Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak vowing to solve the problem.

Surendran said the suit would have a larger impact and force the government to respond.
"It's a damning indictment on their failure to resolve the issue," he said.

Source: FreeMalaysiaToday

Why Do We Still Have Stateless Indians?

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 12:01 AM PST

Source: Free Malaysia Today
By Chua Jui Meng
The plight of some 300,000 stateless Indians is more than enough a reason for you to change the federal government.

This problem should have been resolved long ago and therefore the Indian community in Malaysia cannot continue to trust the Umno-led Barisan Nasional federal government.

These stateless Indians have either lived here for decades or were born in this country. They can also communicate fluently in Bahasa Malaysia.

Why must their application for citizenship be rejected or their files left in the cupboard to collect dust?

In contrast, why were 600,000 Muslims from Indonesia and the Philippines in Sabah given citizenship and bumiputera status to vote in Malaysia? The majority of the Filipinos cannot even speak Bahasa Malaysia.

Clearly, the BN's ulterior motive and bad intentions for the people and country were to topple the then PBS state government and then use the foreigners as its fixed deposit voters.

There is absolutely no reason for Indians born in Malaysia and those who have stayed here for decades to remain stateless.

I also urge the Indian community to consider our (Pakatan Rakyat) proposed long-term people-centric fiscal policies in the Buku Jingga (Orange Book) and alternative Budget 2013 when going to the next national polls.

Take whatever sweeteners that the BN is giving you now even though it is a measly RM500, but when it comes to casting your ballots, think of the long-term benefits Pakatan is offering.

Pakatan's slew of such benefits include monthly welfare aid for the poor raised from RM300 to RM550, free education for all Malaysian children all the way to university and RM2,000 annual aid for elderly couples.

In addition, RM1,000 annual allowance will be given to low-income families for every child aged 12 and below to enable mothers to send their children to day care centres. This will help free mothers who need to go to work for additional income.

Pakatan also wants to make cars more affordable to the people by reducing excise duty by 20% every year, the setting up of a national trust fund for the welfare of women in the country akin to the Employees Provident Fund and the scrapping of road tolls.

Chua Jui Meng is PKR vice-president and Johor state chief. He is also a former MCA vice-president and an ex-Cabinet member.

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