Persecution of malaysian hindus by a presentation by Waytha Moorthy


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Waytha Moorthy's eye opening presentation at the University of Maryland, USA on the plight of Malaysian Hindus. Here we are publishing that presentation, in the hope to create awareness and generate support for this cause :

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    1. 1. The Status of Minorities in Malaysia By Waytha Moorthy Chair Hindu Rights Action Force (Malaysia) HINDRAF
    2. 2. Major Issues Faced by Hindus in Malaysia <ul><li>Institutional Discrimination </li></ul><ul><li>Economic, Social and Educational Marginalization </li></ul><ul><li>The Legal System and Religious Freedom </li></ul><ul><li>Stateless Status of Hindus/Indians </li></ul><ul><li>Temple Destruction/Encroachment </li></ul><ul><li>State Repression and Police Brutality </li></ul>
    3. 3. Institutional Discrimination <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Bumiputra Policy – Government officially favors Muslim Malay majority through political, educational , economic and social benefits </li></ul><ul><li>95% of 1.2 million government employees are Muslim Malays </li></ul><ul><li>Government administration perpetuates racist and religious supremacist policies, with civil servants trained under the racist-indoctrination programme called BTN </li></ul><ul><li>90% of Indian students denied admission in public universities; 1% of money spent on higher education goes towards Indian students </li></ul><ul><li>Companies listed on Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange require minimum 30% Muslim Malay ownership </li></ul>
    4. 4. The source of institutionalized racism <ul><li>Article 153 of the Malaysian Federal Constitution. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Article153. (1) It shall be the responsibility of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to safeguard the special position of the Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>and </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the legitimate interests of other communities in accordance with the provisions of this Article. </li></ul></ul></ul>This has caused a racial segregation system and the evolution of a defacto two tier citizenship in the country and forms the core basis for the institutionalization of Malaysian racism
    5. 5. Treatment in State Policies <ul><li>The New Economic Policy (NEP) of 1970 became the primary policy vehicle for the institutionalization of racism. </li></ul><ul><li>The stated policy objectives of the NEP was </li></ul><ul><li>1) Restructure of society to eliminate identification of race with occupation </li></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><ul><li>2) The eradication of poverty </li></ul><ul><li>Both of these were interpreted to mean creation of all new opportunities by the government for the majority malay community and for the eradication of poverty of the majority Malay community </li></ul>
    6. 6. Educational Discrimination
    7. 9. The Legal System and Freedom of Religion <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Article 11 of Malaysian Constitution provides for freedom of Religion </li></ul><ul><li>In 1988 amendments to Article 121 1 (A) were passed recognizing the official status of syariah (shariah) law </li></ul><ul><li>Non- Muslims are subjected to syariah Law in personal and family law matters as the civil courts have abdicated their powers to the inferior syariah courts </li></ul><ul><li>Forced conversions to Islam </li></ul>
    8. 10. Ex-judge: High Court can rule on Islam-related cases Retired Federal Court judge Justice Gopal Sri Ram today questioned the reluctance of High Court judges to decide on whether civil courts have the jurisdiction to hear cases related to Islam. &quot;It is the High Court that decides what the jurisdiction of the Syariah Court is,&quot; said Sri Ram. He finds it humorous that High Court judges would immediately withdraw themselves from hearing a case even before the word &quot;syariah&quot; can be spelled in full. –source Malaysiakini. M'sia is Zimbabwe by another name' Without mincing his words, political analyst Abdul Aziz Bari likened those who hold the reins of power in Malaysia to a bunch of 'thugs'. According to him, these individuals do as they please without proper regard for the law of the land and the percepts laid down in the federal constitution – source Malaysiakini.
    9. 12. Temple Destruction and Encroachment <ul><li>Hindu temples continue to be demolished and forcibly relocated under special laws </li></ul><ul><li>Temple land appropriated by the Government for “public use” </li></ul><ul><li>Malaysian government has failed to officially legitimise Hindu temples and shrines that have been in existence for more than 200 years, dating back to the colonial period </li></ul><ul><li>Mosques have been granted land titles after independence - Hindu temples have not </li></ul><ul><li>Religious sites desecrated by Muslim extremists </li></ul>
    10. 17. STATELESS HINDUS OF MALAYSIA <ul><li>An estimated 300,000 Hindus/Indians have been denied Malaysian citizenship and are stateless </li></ul><ul><li>Government refuses to acknowledge the problem </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of birth certificates and identity documents further results in a denial of basic rights to education, healthcare, jobs, driving licences, and formal marriages </li></ul><ul><li>According to a Home Ministry statement, 93,360 birth certificates were processed in 2009, but the system of registration of births are made difficult by the Muslim controlled civil service </li></ul>
    11. 20. State Repression and Police Brutality <ul><li>Internal Security Act (ISA) used to suppress and silence political dissent </li></ul><ul><li>Thousands of Hindu/Indian activists have been arbitrarily detained without trial since 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Extra-judicial killings and deaths in police custody of Hindus/Indians </li></ul>
    12. 24. <ul><li>Outsource of UMNO led racist agenda to NGO’s and Para-military group. </li></ul><ul><li>PERKASA – an NGO formed post the Hindraf democratic uprising in 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>PEKIDA – An NGO funded by UMNO. </li></ul><ul><li>3 LINE – A Para military group </li></ul><ul><li>All 3 groups are sanctioned to perpetuate racial / religious hatred and fear towards the Non-Malays . </li></ul><ul><li>They are above the Law and often their violent demonstrations and threat of violence are given approval by the state. </li></ul>
    13. 25. Significant manifestations of institutionalized racism <ul><ul><li>Treatment in State Policies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Treatment by the Malaysian Police </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Treatment in and by the State Administration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Treatment by the Judicial System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Treatment in the Media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Treatment in the Education system </li></ul></ul>As experienced by the Non-Malays in Malaysia
    14. 26. Treatment in and by the State Administration <ul><li>National Civics Bureau BTN is a program to implement racist and religious extremist policies. It has trained more than 1 million Malay employees with annual budget of RM55 Million. </li></ul><ul><li>Access to Government aid programs, information of all kinds relating to the many development programs, information of government awards, contracts, special opportunities are all made easy for the majority Malays but kept well out of reach for the Non-Malay minorities by ethnic identification and the wall of a monolithic Malay Administration. </li></ul><ul><li>All of this is aggravated for the Indian minority by the fact that a sizeable portion of the Indian populace is semi-literate or illiterate, as a direct result of the development policies of the Malaysian Government.. </li></ul>
    15. 27. Treatment by the Judicial system <ul><li>Alongside the racially lopsided developments on the economic front, the Islamists have been steadily gaining influence over the judicial system in the 1990s. </li></ul><ul><li>This is visible in the steady deterioration of the status of the civil Legal System that is enshrined in the Federal Constitution leading to the ascendancy of the Sharia Legal system </li></ul><ul><li>The Civil courts do not want to rule on matters involving non-Muslims who are entangled between the two systems passing such adjudication to the Syaria courts which have no constitutional authority over the non-Muslims. </li></ul><ul><li>90% of Judges who serve on the bench are Malay Muslims. </li></ul>
    16. 28. In summary <ul><li>Promoting freedom and democracy and protecting human rights around the world is central to U.S. foreign policy and consistent with the values upon which the United States was founded. </li></ul><ul><li>The Malaysian minorities long to live with dignity and freedom but are denied dignity and freedom by a racist regime that has developed over the last 50 years in the name of affirmative action for the majority. </li></ul><ul><li>It is time for the international community to hold the Malaysian government accountable for this performance. The world has to wake up to these developments in Malaysia. </li></ul>
    17. 29. Thank you for your attention By Waytha Moorthy Chair HINDRAF