Waythamoorthy seems to be the only one benefiting from his cooperation with BN's Najib, amid the usual publicity and fanfare, with his famous quote: "It doesn't matter whether Rama or Ravana rules, so long as Indians get a fair share of the money." But could he speak for all? He was sacked by Hindraf instead, by his own brother!
Earlier, there was already suspicions about his secrecy over ROS approval as early as March 8. According to S. Jayathas (former Hindraf leader and information chief), 'Waytha went on hunger strike to get sympathy, kept ROS approval secret...'
KLANG, April 27 — The Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) had sacked chairman P. Waythamoorthy for endorsing Barisan Nasional (BN) in Election 2013, group co-founder P. Uthayakumar said today.
Uthayakumar said Indian voters, who make up a significant minority in nearly 60 federal seats, still backed the movement that he and his brother Waythamoorty led in a 2007 mass protest that slashed the community’s support for BN in Election 2008.
“The Indian masses still look up to us (the movement) because we have not sold ourselves to the devil,” Uthayakumar told reporters at a small Hindraf operations centre here today.
“While I went to jail, Waythamoorthy ran away to London. Today he runs away to BN,” he added, referring to his 18 months’ detention without trial after the Hindraf rally.
Uthayakumar accused his brother of deviating from Hindraf’s original struggle, saying that “BN cheats more, Pakatan cheats less”.
“Waythamoorthy hijacked Hindraf and pledged support to Barisan Nasional, which is against the founding principles of Hindraf,” said Uthayakumar.
“Do not vote for BN. Whether they want to vote for Pakatan Rakyat (PR) is up to them, but Hindraf will not take responsibility for Pakatan’s non-delivery if they get to Putrajaya,” he added.
Waythamoorthy, who was reportedly formally recognised as Hindraf’s chairman by the Registrar of Societies (RoS) on March 8, signed a memorandum of understanding with the BN government last week to improve the economic position of the Indian community.
Earlier this year in a strategically-timed move, the Najib administration agreed to lift the ban on Hindraf in anticipation of the May 5 general election.
BN, however, fielded Perkasa vice-president Datuk Zulkifli Noordin in the Shah Alam federal seat for the May 5 polls despite the latter allegedly insulting the Hindu community in the past.
“Indians are upset with Zul Noordin being fielded as candidate,” said Uthayakumar today.
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