PMK seeks Central intervention in Malaysian Tamils issue

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Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, Dec 3 (UNI) The Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), part of the ruling UPA at the Centre, today exhorted the Union Government to prevail upon the Malaysian Government to prevent attacks on ethnic Tamils in that country and ensure equality for them in education and job opportunities.

In a resolution passed at the party's Working Committee meeting at party founder-leader Dr S Ramadoss' Thailapuram residence, the PMK condemned the ''brutal'' attack on the Malaysian Tamils and Malaysia's stand that no one should interfere in its internal affairs.

Welcoming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement expressing concern over the development, the meeting noted that the Tamil diaspora were denied fundamental rights and were being treated as secondary citizens across the world. It felt, the discrimination and oppression in Malaysia was a fallout of the silent 'spectator' approach of the Indian Government and the global community towards the continuing human rights violations in Sri Lanka.

The meeting urged the State Government to make efforts on a war footing to get electricity from power-surplus States to tide over its power crisis and present a white paper on the State's power position.

Other resolutions included, taking initiatives to arrange for supply of fertilisers to farmers through cooperative societies, import cement immediately, not to acquire fertile lands and habitations for setting up SEZ, announce MSP for cashew and tea, and form a district out of six Assembly constituencies for better administration.


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