by Lim Kit Siang in Parliament on
Wednesday, 15th October 2008:
Ban on Hindraf – a retrogressive,
vindictive and petty step which will hamper the nation-building healing
process vital for Malaysians to feel one and united people again
The banning of Hindraf by the Home Minister,
Datuk Seri Hamid Albar must be deplored in the strongest possible terms.
It is a retrogressive, vindictive and petty step which will hamper the
nation-building healing process vital for Malaysians to feel one and
united people again.
Instead of reaching out to the Malaysian Indian community to resolve the
root political, socio-economic, cultural and religious causes which have
made Malaysian Indians an alienated and aggrieved community as the new
underclass in the country, ham-fisted measures to ban Hindraf will only
aggravate the disaffection among the Indian community.
Coming in his last five months as Prime Minister, the ban on Hindraf is
also testimony to the failure of Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to
take nation-building to a new and more mature level.
DAP MPs will raise in Parliament the undemocratic and myopic ban on
After the March 8 general election, BN MPs from all the BN component
parties pledged to be more outspoken to protect the rights and interests
of all communiies.
I invite MPs from all the BN component parties to join with Pakatan
Rakyat MPs to take a common stand – to demand that the Home Minister
revoke the ban on Hindraf and to call on Abdullah to give top priority
in his last five months as Prime Minister to end the polarisation
process by heading an all-party parliamentary committee to address the
long-standing and legitimate grievances of the Malaysian Indians.
Kit Siang, DAP
Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor