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Merdeka lawsuit in UK August 30, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Event, Huh?!, Human Rights, International, Malaysia, Politics, Race Relations.
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By the time we clock off from work today to join the Merdeka celebrations, a Malaysian, Waytha Moorthy, who leads the Hindu Rights Action Front (HINDRAF), will be filing a public interest lawsuit at the English courts, asking the British government, among other things, 100 billion sterling pounds for “crimes against minorities”.

He is also claiming for:-

1. Damages of one million pounds per Indian in Malaysia for atrocities by the British and the ‘Malay Muslim’ government;

2. The British government to refer the Malaysian government to the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court for human rights violations and “mini genocide” against minority Indians;

3. Two million minority Indians in Malaysia to be granted British citizenship

4. The courts to declare that Malaysia is not an Islamic state

5. Tthe courts to declare that the Malaysian Constitution is null and void.

If the British court doesn’t throw this out on the basis of jurisdiction and friviality, this will be a very interesting case to watch.

The full text of the writ is available here.

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1. OMG - August 30, 2007

Merdeka!

Abdullah Ahmad Badawi better wake up from his snooze, get in touch with reality, and understand that racism and religious supremacism has no place in a civilized society.

2. V T - August 30, 2007

This is a good one, I hope someone from the iban, kadazan and chinese community will follow suit, let’s make malaysia bankrupt.

happy merdeka

3. Muhammad Yunus - August 30, 2007

Woohoo…Merdeka!

Life itself is offensive, so stop complaining. What’s next? A Malay suing the British government for bringing in the Indians?

4. satria asia - September 1, 2007

Interesting that they’re asking for British citizenship…why not Indian?

Umno youth might be calling for repatriation of all Indians back to the ‘motherland’. They may say that the lawsuit is treason.

Idi Amin kicked Indians out of Uganda, but they were lucky and landed in Bradford. Malaysian Indians might not be so lucky and may end up in India instead – unless Hindraf thinks that is just as lucky.

I don’t see this as helping the cause of Indian Malaysians, rather seems more of a joke because they’ll still vote Samy Velu and BN and if the Maika AGM is anything to go by, Samy will keep on screwing them.

5. johnleemk - September 2, 2007

What a stupid lawsuit. Have any of you read the writ? The claims listed in Eli’s post seemed ludicrous, but possibly founded in fact, but after reading the writ, I find them completely detached from reality. I fear Haris Ibrahim was right to denounce HINDRAF as more concerned about Hinduism and Indians than Malaysians as a nation.

6. Asaf Jah - October 18, 2007

“What’s next? A Malay suing the British government for bringing in the Indians?”

Splendid idea, if indeed you see the point that is made in the writ about the nature of Indian migration particularised as indentured labour. Malays should sue the British government for bringing in the Indians, but how far a Malay can lay claim to Malaysia as his ancestral home is purely historical and we quite know the history of Malaysia. What indeed Indians are suing for, is neglect by the Crown. It has nothing to do with land rights or the notional question of to whom Malaysia belongs. Malaysia is for Malaysians so far as they want to be such.

Therefore, those sections of the writ purporting that the British Crown has authority to remit Malaysia’s status to a non-Islamic state are impractical although probably not frivolous as that decision was not made by the Crown. But upping and leaving without a sideways glance, now that is something else.

Doctrinally speaking, if reliance is made on that imperceptible yet powerful notion of the ‘honour of the Crown’ (courtesy of the common law), then the British Crown owed a duty to act honourably when dealing with the rights of its subjects ie the Indians of Malaya when the Crown decided to quit its colony. That decision has affected the rights of Indians in Malaysia to this day due in part to the political immaturity of the major race of the country.

Malays sit down and don’t excite yourselves. If by some slim and barely visible chance the argument gets up, you can be rid of all the Indians in Malaysia in one fell swoop. Now wouldn’t that be nice? We know you’re thinking it. Suing a colonial government is not treason (only UMNO youth can think this one up). Treason would be suing your own government…oops, that wouldn’t be treason either! (Unless a Malaysian government says it is – and I wouldn’t put that past them).

Again, its not about Britain or India (in terms of nationality). It’s a question of the quality of that citizenship. If your Indian brethren feel discomfiture at the hands of what they considered to be unfair government – although that’s an argument for another day – stand up and be counted. You might be next. Sooner or later it won’t be about Malays or Indians or Chinese; it will be about the love of self. You can continue to labor under the illusion that your leaders identify themselves racially for now, but if you’re a poor Malay eking out a living in your kampong; you may be a cousin but you’re a very poor one. And what if you’re not even the same race as your leaders, what then?

Mr. Moorthy, pay particular attention to the honour of the Crown; you might just get up on it.

7. Simon Teo - October 18, 2007

What a nonsense thing-lah? Stop fighting!

8. UMIRAH - October 29, 2007

MALAYS ARE UNITED BY UMNO – GOOD LEADERS @ SUPPORT THE MALAY COMMUNITY IN GOVERNMENT EMPLOYMENT / BANK LOANS AND SPECIAL DISCOUNTS / OFFER.
CHINESE ARE UNITED BY MCA – GOOD LEADERS @ SUPPORT THE CHINESE COMMUNITY IN FINANCIAL / EMPLOYMENT / POSITION .
FOR INDIAN , ONLY ONE RUSTED MINISTER PLANNING HOW TO BE RICH , NEVER DO ANYTHING FOR THE INDIAN COMMUNITY .
IF ALL THE INDIANS CAN GET TOGETHER TO GET THEIR RIGHTS IN EVERTHING IN THIS COUNTRY , BETTER CHASE OUT THE OLD HAIRLESS AND BRAINLESS MAN AND ASK FOR YOUR RIGHTS AS HOW OTHER RACES DO . 50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENT , 3 MAJOR RACES = HARI RAYA PUASA – 2 DAYS HOLIDAY , CHINESE NEW YEAR – 2 DAYS HOLIDAY , DEEPAVALI – 1 DAY HOLIDAY . WHAT YOUR LEADER BEEN DOING ? COME ON WAKE UP. YOUR LEADER CAN’T EVEN ASK FOR EXTRA 1 DAY FROM THE GOVERNMENT , THEN YOU INDIANS EXPECT HIM TO VOICE OUT YOUR PROBLEMS !!!!!!!!!!. IF YOU ALL THINK THIS MAN Waytha Moorthy OR ANY OTHER YOUNG AND HONEST MAN CAN BE A GOOD LEADER THEN WHAT ARE YOU ALL WAITING FOR , JUST CHANGE YOUR LEADER , AS SIMPLE AS THAT . MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT PROVIDE EVERYTHING BUT ONLY YOU ALL DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO GRAB IT .

9. arah - November 18, 2007

Good on you sir!! Finally someone wakes up and smells the stink in Malaysia!!
God bless you!!!

10. Melayu tulen - November 20, 2007

Umirah! you talking rubbish! Since when umno/government gave chance to talk? Dapat ISA nanti! Selama ni u kat mana? oversea or tanjung rambutan? Wake up!!

11. Eddy - November 20, 2007

Well, as i know the indian been voting for the current gov. for the past 50 years.The fact that i know :Their equity drop from 3% to 1.5%, gov. job drop from 10% to 4%,education drop from 7% to 4%, population stastic drop from 10% to 7% and the tamil school stastic declined from 1000 to 523.Their crime rate increase from 5% to 24%. -reliable sources
So, if their indian leaders are not doing anything about this, why can’t the gov.(rep.all races) intervene to help the indians …as a MALAYSIAN!!!

12. Melayu tulen - November 20, 2007

Try to speak in malay, i mean proper malay! Oh im sorry, malay is not a complete language, 99% words stolen from Indians, english, chinese and arab! hahaha, not even got own civilization. hahaha
Think who are we at 1st! we are not bumiputera as well, we are from indonesia. only thing we came earlier before they do! that’s it! chinese came as traders. Indians came as businessmen and cetti. only in Bristish colony they came as workers, We are not in any of this category. islam also not belongs to us. So we shouldnt be fanatic too. Think wisely.

13. wanlin - November 22, 2007

these all are just jokes. I don’t know how the ppl of Hindraf can present most of those things to the British Government. I seriously think that they were laughing while doing that. “OMG, who wrote all these?? bad luck me to be the one to submit all these nonsense.” Doesn’t make sense for most of those claims………hahahhahaha………..im still LOL now. My friend, an Indian, felt so embarrassed when he came across this news.

14. xyz in xy country - November 24, 2007

Umirah,

Being a chinese, I never realise MCA ever helped in getting myself a job. Not to say that the party not doing anything, but there are many cases that when you needed help, the help is not there. The way you speak is pretty bias to each race, that many of us will not agree upon. In many ways, there is unfair treatment for each races in Malaysia.


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