M’sian minister to tell Indian PM about situation of Indian community in Malaysia

By NNN-Bernama

Chennai, India : Malaysian Works Minister S. Samy Vellu is to meet Indian leaders, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, to tell them about the real situation concerning the Indian community in Malaysia.

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Samy Vellu, who is president of the Malaysian Indian Congress, the main party remain ethnic Indians in the Malaysian ruling National Front coalition, will also meet the Chief Minister of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, S. Karunanidhi, on a similar mission.

He is undertaking the task following the negative publicity arising from Nov 25 illegal street demonstrations in Kuala Lumpur involving a group of Indian Malaysians, most of whom are Tamils.

Samy Vellu was speaking to Indian journalists after launching a book Sunday in this Tamil Nadu capital. He is on a stopover here en route to New Delhi to attend a conference beginning Jan 7.

Samy Vellu is leading a 70-member delegation comprising MIC leaders and Indian-based non-governmental organizations to the annual meeting of the Indian Diaspora.

“I hope to meet the Indian Prime Minister on the sidelines of the Pravasi conference and meet the Tamil Nadu chief minister here within the next few days,” he said.

Samy Vellu said it was not true that Indians in Malaysia were deprived of many things and that many Hindu temples had been demolished arbitrarily. “Some of the temples were demolished because of court orders as they were built illegally,” he said, adding that many of the temples were relocated to alternative sites.

He also said the Malaysian government had created many opportunities for Indian Malaysians and many were doing well in various fields.

Samy Vellu expressed hope that his explanation to the Indian government would clear up any misunderstanding over the issue. Relations between Malaysia and India are strong “and nothing will affect this cordial relationship”, he added.