Najib will have more talks with us, says Hindraf

25 March 2013

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak will have more discussions with the leaders of Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) over the next few days, the NGO said today.

Hindraf national adviser N Ganesan ( right ) said an hour-long meeting with Najib in Putrajaya today was "useful", but he refused to disclose the details of the discussion.

"What's important is that we have established a line of communication," Ganesan said after coming out from the meeting in Putrajaya.

He said more discussions would follow as the issues are "far too complex" to be trashed out in an hour-long meeting.

"What we have agreed on is to have more discussions over the next few days," Ganesan said though he did not specify on when the next meeting would be held.

Hindraf leader P Waythamoorthy, who was also present, is currently on a hunger strike at a temple in Rawang, pressing for the Hindraf blueprint to be endorsed by either BN or Pakatan Rakyat.

Ganesan admitted that the final goal for Hindraf would be to get its blueprint endorsed by the government.

"Obviously, the endorsement is the final outcome we are looking at," he said.

Today's meeting was the first between Hindraf and any member of the government since Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nazri Aziz said the government was now ready to listen to Hindraf.

Talks with Pakatan stalled

Hindraf was previously outlawed during Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's tenure as the Prime Minister.

Talks between Pakatan and Hindraf, which had started earlier this year on the possibility of Hindraf lending support to Pakatan in the coming general election, have stalled.

This, according to Hindraf, was because of Pakatan's refusal to endorse the Hindraf blueprint.

With negotiations apparently in a deadlock, Waythamoorthy ( left ) a fortnight ago started his hunger strike, demanding that either BN or Pakatan endorse the Hindraf blueprint.

The movement fighting for the rights of Indian Malaysians who have been oppressed and discriminated against for decades, says its blueprint will help to end the sufferings of Indians in the country.