Caste exporting out: Malaysia feels shame
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk T. Murugiah has proposed that the registration of caste-based Indian associations be abolished to avoid a split in the community, especially among the Tamils.He said the Home Ministry should enforce stricter vetting on applications for setting up of associations which were based on caste because, if not monitored, they could split the Tamil community.
“If we want to talk about racial unity, the caste system should be addressed first, only then unity can be strengthened,” he told reporters after opening the World Tamil Unity Conference 2009 here on Saturday.The three-day conference, which began yesterday, aims to find new ideas to strengthen relations among the Tamil community in Malaysia, as well as in Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and South Africa.Murugiah said he would write a letter to, as well as meet with, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein to convey the matter.He said that there were more than 20 caste-based Indian associations registered in the country so far.In another development, Murugiah, who had been expelled from the People Progressive Party, reiterated his stand not to join any opposition parties, despite having received offers to do so.
“I’m still looking for a suitable platform to continue with my political career, but I will not join or form a new party as it will only split the Indian community in the country, ” he added.
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