Jaya plea to Centre on Malaysian Tamils

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Chennai, Nov 28 (UNI) Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK General Secretary J Jayalalithaa today urged the Centre to secure the rights of Tamils, living in Malaysia and ensure them first class citizen status.

Condemning the police attack on the Tamils when they took out a rally last week, Ms Jayalalithaa, in a statement, also urged the Centre to take immediate steps to secure the release of all those arrested.

She said the 'brutal' attack on the ethnic Tamils, who had contributed to the prosperity of Malaysia and its economic and political development, deserved to be condemned.

Tamils, who were taken to many countries, including Malaysia, during the British Regime as bonded labourers to work in sugarcane fields and tea estates, had converted Malaysia into a prosperous country but were being treated as third class citizens there.

Their standard of living remained unchanged and was similar to the time when they went there as daily wage workers, she claimed.

The Malaysian Government continued to deny them education, she alleged. Some of their places of worship, which were 150-years-old, had been demolished and they were not provided alternative places, she claimed.

When the Tamils took out a procession to ascertain their rights, they were 'brutally attacked by the police and sprayed with chemical mixed water.' The Malaysian Police had even denied treatment to more than 200 people injured in the incident, Ms Jayalalithaa alleged.

UNI

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