TN Traders Federation demands ban on Malaysia Oil

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Chennai, Dec 8 (UNI) The Tamil Nadu Traders' Federation today organised a protest demonstration, demanding ban on import of palm oil from Malaysia, to ''teach'' the country a lesson for ill-treating the ethnic Tamils.

Federation President T Vellaiyan, who led the agitation, urged the Centre and DMK government to impose the ban and exert more economic pressures on Malaysia, till it realised its mistake.

He said the ban should be in force till the Malaysian Government changed its attitude towards the ethnic Tamils and withdraw all cases foisted against them.

Pointing out the strong economic ties between the two countries, Mr Vellaiyan said the Malaysian economy strongly depended on us and India should make Malaysia realise this and mend its ways.

The agitators, who assembled in front of the Chennai Port, demanded that the Malaysian Minister tender an apology for criticising Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, who had sought the intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

They also expressed shock and surprise that the Malaysian Government let loose violence on the ethnic Tamils, who were responsible for the development and prosperity of Malaysia.


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