New Malay Indian party vows no street protests

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Petaling Jaya, May 20 (ANI): The newly-formed Indian origin Malaysia Makkal Sakti Party will not resort to street protests, preferring to solve things through discussions.

Party president and former Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) national coordinator R.S. Thanenthiran said grievances could be heard through round-table discussions.

"Enough fighting on the streets. We are more determined than ever that non-violence is the way forward with dignity and justice," he told reporters on Tuesday.

The party, formed by several key Hindraf members, received its approval from the Registrar of Societies within two months of application and was officially registered on May 11, The NST online reported.

Thanenthiran said they would remain an independent party, but would not turn down funds from either Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat.

"We are not being funded by Barisan. But if they give us money, why not? We will take it. However, this does not mean that we will compromise our principles.

"We will work with any party coalition that supports and benefits the Indian community, be it Barisan or Pakatan," he said, adding that the party would be officially launched in July.

Thanenthiran said he would meet Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and Pakatan Rakyat's Anwar Ibrahim soon to convey the party's aspirations.

Makkal Sakti is targeting an increase in membership from 5,000 to 300,000 by June next year. (ANI)

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