MIC Deputy Chairman shot dead in Malaysia

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Singapore, Jan 12: A Malaysian assembly man, S Krishnasamy, was gunned down inside the lift of his political party's Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) building.

This incident is the first slaying of a top politician since 2000 and following the 25 November 2007 protest by ethnic Indians for being marginalised in the country. The 61-year-old MIC deputy chairman was shot point-blank under his left eyebrow yesterday and the bullet exited the back of his head, Johor police chief Hussain Ismail told reporters in Johor Bahru. A bullet slug was found in the pool of blood with Krishnasamy slummped in the lift building in the southern Peninsular Malaysian state capital of Johor Bahru.

The police is looking for 5-ft 4-inch man, believed to be ethnic Indian, according to Malaysian media reports today. In November 2000, assembly man Dr Joe Fernandez, 54, was shot by a pillion rider on a motorcycle.

While Malaysian police is investigating all possible links to the Krishnasamy murder, politcal analysts see a link with the 25 November protest where some 20,000 ethinic Indians sounded out their grievances for being left out of the Malaysian prosperity.

MIC, the third largest component of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, has been blamed for doing very little for the country's enthic Indians, many of whom are still plantation workers, the most backward strata of the Malaysian society.

Political observers believe MIC's underperformance for the ethnic Indians in the country could result in vote loss for the Barisan Nasional which is expected to hold General Elections in March this year.

The predominantly Malay Muslim party United Malays National Organisation dominates the Barisan Nasional, which has uplifted the living standards of indigenous Malays, called Bumiputeras, while the second largest party Malaysian Chinese Association is supported by businessmen leading the Malaysian commerce sector.


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