Ethnic Indians

  • Book on ethnic Indians in Malaysia launched December 19, 2010

    Kuala Lumpur: A book, which can be used as a benchmark to assess whether the Malaysian Government has delivered on its promises to an estimated 2.5 million ethnic Indians has been released. The book, titled 'National Development Plans & Indians in Malaysia' and authored by an...
  • Malaysia bans Hindraf for exploiting Malaysian Indians October 17, 2008

    Kuala Lumpur: The Malaysian government has banned the Hindu Rights Action Front (Hindraf), which claims to speak for the country's two million-plus ethnic Indians, a bulk of them Tamil Hindus, for exploiting the Indian community and posing a threat to public order. The ban came Wednesday, precisely a year after the...
  • Students to sue Malaysian teacher over racial slur August 13, 2008

    Kuala Lumpur: What began as a classroom furore in a Malaysian school may reach the courtroom, with students and the ethnic Indian community appointing a lawyer to sue a teacher who cast a racial slur. The female teacher also allegedly called the four students "thieves and gangsters", and wrote those...
  • Malaysian King rejects plea to release ethnic Indians April 24, 2008

    Kuala Lumpur: The five ethnic Indian activists, detained since December last under a draconian security law will have to serve their two-year prison term as Malaysia's King rejected their appeal for release. A letter sent to a lawyer of one of the five activists of Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) said...
  • Watch: Malaysia votes, ethnic Indians protest March 8, 2008

    Voting has begun across 8,000 polling stations in Malaysia's general election. The ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, which has ruled the country since independence from Britain in 1957, is expected to return. But ethnic Indian voters are expected to register a strong protest over policies that have helped the majority Malays...
  • No ban on Indian workers, says Malaysian minister January 8, 2008

    New Delhi: Is Malaysia banning Indian workers? Though a senior minister denies such a ban, reports from Kuala Lumpur say otherwise. According to reports, Malaysia has put a freeze on all workers from India for every kind of job ranging from construction, information technology to financial services. But Malaysian Public...
  • Indian teachers abused in Malaysia | No hiring from India January 8, 2008

    Kuala Lumpur: Two Indian women who were beaten and abused by their employers in Malaysia are going home after being paid compensation by the abusive couple that runs the dance school they were teaching in. S Rajendra and M Sangeetha, both 27, have complained that their employers abused them "from day...
  • 2 Indians caught selling Malaysian minister's sex DVD January 5, 2008

    Kuala Lumpur: Two ethnic Indians have been arrested in Malaysia in connection with the illegal DVDs featuring clippings of disgraced ex-minister Chua Soi Lek's sex romp. The arrested Indians are believed to be sellers of pirated DVDs, the Sin Chew daily reported Saturday. Scores of the illegal DVDs with Chua's sex romp...
  • Indians' loyalty in Malaysian govt shaken: Minister December 20, 2007

    New Delhi: A Malaysian Indian minister on Thursday admitted his community's loyalty to the country’s government had been shaken. Samy Vellu of the Malaysian Indian Congress also admitted that the government had failed to resolve the concerns of ethnic Indians. His comments came in the wake of continued protests over...
  • Malaysia drops murder charge against ethnic Indians December 17, 2007

    New Delhi: After a month long stand-off, there's relief for ethnic Indians in Malaysia. The authorities have dropped attempt to murder charges against 31 ethnic Indians who were arrested last month for taking part in anti-government protests. Attorney General Gani Patail also dropped all charges against five students, who were...
  • Malaysia drops murder charges against 'Hindraf 31' December 17, 2007

    Kuala Lumpur Malaysian prosecutors on Monday dropped attempted murder charges against 31 ethnic Indians who took part in a massive anti-government demonstration, a step that might assuage the feelings of the community protesting their alleged marginalisation in the Muslim-majority country. Amid cheers and applause from relatives and friends of...
  • Malaysia justifies ethnic Indians' arrest, snubs US December 14, 2007

    Kuala Lumpur: The Malaysian government on Thursday told foreign missions that the arrest of Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leaders under the stringent Internal Security Act (ISA) was to prevent chaos and racial division of society. On Thursday, prominent ethnic Indian and Hindraf leader P Uthayakumar and four other associates were...
  • Three Hindraf activists arrested in Malaysia December 13, 2007

    New Delhi: In Malaysia, the crackdown on ethnic Indian activists continues as authorities there detained five Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) activists under the Internal Security Act (ISA) on Thursday. Of those arrested, P Uthayakumar, along with two others, had been charged with sedition on Tuesday. Malaysia’s ISA is a controversial anti-terror...
  • Ethnic Indians' protest had RSS link: Malaysian Govt December 8, 2007

    New Delhi: A day after Malaysia charged the protesting ethnic Indians with links to terror groups, the Malaysian Prime Minister's Office has specifically said that the RSS and the LTTE had links with the organisers of the protests. On Friday, Minister for Works Samy Vellu alleged that some Indian groups...
  • Malaysian protests: 31 ethnic Indians denied bail December 6, 2007

    New Delhi: A Malaysian Sessions court has denied bail to 31 ethnic Indians charged with attempted murder during last month's anti-government protests. All of them are now in jail awaiting trial, which begins on the January 14. If convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison. The judge has said...
  • No bail, only jail for Malaysia's ethnic Indians December 6, 2007

    New Delhi: A Malaysian court has denied bail to the 31 ethnic Indians who had been arrested on four counts, including attempted murder of a policemen, in a banned anti-discrimination rally on November 25. The arrested have been sent to jail and could stay there for at least one year while...
  • 31 ethnic Indians charged with injury to policemen December 5, 2007

    New Delhi: In Malaysia, five more ethnic Indians have been charged with attempted murder of policemen, taking the total to 31. This is the harshest possible charge in connection with an injury to a policeman. If convicted, they could face up to 20 years in jail. The court today refused to dismiss...
  • Malaysian court won't drop charges against Indians December 5, 2007

    Kuala Lumpur: A Malaysian court on Wednesday refused to throw out attempt to murder charges against 31 ethnic Indians, for allegedly causing injury to a policeman during a rally last month, rejecting the defence's contention that the case was 'Racially and Politically motivated'. If convicted,...
  • Ethnic Indians charged with murder in Malaysia December 5, 2007

    New Delhi: The raging controversy over the treatment of ethnic Indians in Malaysia refuses to subside. On Tuesday, 26 members of the community were charged with attempted murder of a policemen in a banned anti-discrimination rally on November 25, where more than 10,000 people staged the biggest anti-government protest. The...
  • Malaysians don't want foreign interference: Minister December 3, 2007

    Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia): Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar warned other governments not to meddle in his country's affairs on Monday after ethnic Indian activists wrote to Britain urging UN action over what they alleged was ethnic cleansing in Malaysia. Albar said the Malaysian government is capable of resolving the woes...
  • British MPs to Malaysia: leave ethnic Indians alone December 3, 2007

    London: The pleas and the protests of Malaysian Hindus seem to have reached the British parliament.19 British parliamentarians have moved an early day motion in the parliament urging the British government to step in and take the matter of Hindu protests. They have demanded that the Malaysian government should abolish...
  • British MPs take up the cause of ethnic Indians December 3, 2007

    New Delhi: British MPs have urged the Malaysian government to take up the plight of the Hindus in Malaysia and not demolish temples. A group of ministers urged the British government to take up the matter with the Malaysian government in the strongest possible manner. Meanwhile, speaking out for the first...
  • Prove ethnic cleansing and I'd quit: Malay PM December 2, 2007

    New Delhi: In a statement reflective of the growing tension in Malaysia over ethnic clashes, the country’s Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi on Sunday offered to resign if the allegation of ethnic cleansing of Indian Tamils was proved. Outraged at the allegations levelled against his government by a local Hindu group, Badawi...
  • UPA walks the tightrope over Malaysian protests November 30, 2007

    New Delhi: Snubs are hard to ignore especially if important political allies have been at the receiving end. So when a Malaysian minister asked Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to mind his own business regarding the protests by ethnic Indians in Malaysia he virtually forced the UPA to react. Members...
  • Marginalised in Malaysia: The story of ethnic Indians November 30, 2007

    New Delhi: Ethnic Indians staged their biggest anti-government protest in Malaysia last Sunday. Thousands of protestors braved tear gas and water cannons to raise their voice against alleged racial discrimination. Mostly Tamils, the protestors are the descendants of 19th Century indentured labourers who worked for British colonists. They comprise...
  • BJP, DMK find common cause in Tamil tension November 29, 2007

    New Delhi: Thousands of ethnic Indians are taking to the streets across the Malacca strait against the Malaysian government’s affirmative-action policies that favour majority ethnic Malays. In India, members of Parliament gave voice to their cries of protests with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's key ally, the DMK, demanding that their...
  • Lay off, Malaysian minister tells Karunanidhi November 29, 2007

    New Delhi: Malayasia has reacted sharply to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi's appeal to the Prime Minister to intervene on behalf of that country's ethnic Tamils. Malaysian Justice Minister Nazri Aziz has asked Karunanidhi to back off, saying the matter has got nothing to do with him. "His place is in Tamil...
  • 88 Indians charged for Malaysia unrest | Tamils panic November 28, 2007

    Kuala Lumpur: At least 88 ethnic Indians were charged in court on Wednesday for taking part in a massive, banned rally to demand equal rights for minority Indians in Muslim-majority Malaysia. The Indians pleaded not guilty to the charge of ''participating in an illegal assembly'' on Sunday by about 10,000 people,...
  • Clampdown on protesters in Malyasia creates ripples November 28, 2007

    New Delhi: Ethnic Indians in Kuala Lumpur are protesting against racial discrimination in Malaysia. The government there was quick to crush the demonstrations held on Sunday by the 10,000-strong protesters, most of them Tamils, who add to more than 90 per cent of the Indian community there. The protests have...