HINDRAF prowls in Malaysian polls

9 03 2008

Ethnic Tamil Minister Velu defeated in Malaysian polls
Result of HINDRAF effect
Malaysia’s long-serving Tamil minister Samy Velu was on Saturday handed down a surprise defeat in Malaysian snap polls seen as a ‘litmus test’ for the ruling coalition, which faces the danger of a getting its majority dented.

Even on Friday, he was confident that ethnic Tamils will overwhelmingly vote for him and his government and would not be misled by a few leaders who had been running a campaign complaining of racial inequality in the multi-ethnic country.

Adding salt to the ruling coalition’s injury was the impressive victory of detained Hindu Rights Action Force leader M Manoharan fighting on opposition Democratic Action Party ticket from the Kota Alam Shah state seat in Selangor. He beat Barisan Nasional’s Ching Su Chen, reports here said.

Manoharan, whose organisation has been fighting against the alleged marginalisation of ethnic Indians, has been behind bars since late 2007 along with four other Hindraf leaders for organising the November 25 ethnic Indians’ rally. His wife, a political novice, campaigned relentlessly for him.



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