Gerakan backs Waytha, urges ministers open to criticism

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30: Gerakan Vice President A. Kohilan Pillay has thrown his support behind Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P. Waythamoorthy in the recent public confrontation involving him and a few ministers in the Cabinet.

The issue involved over the manner of the police in the controversial shooting of five gang members at an apartment in Sungai Nibong in close range, said Kohilan in the media statement.

Kohilan maintained that Waytha was only voicing his concern over the manner of the police in the shootout with alleged breach of standard operating procedures (SOP) that would prove to be a grave concern to human rights if it is found true

“I believed Waytha was only playing his role as the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister Department tasked with the responsibility to uplift the Indian community,” Kohilan informed The Malaysian Times (TMT).

On Waytha’s remarks, Kohilan said, it was understandable and reasonable for him to stand up defending the Indian community and to a greater scope the whole society on the grounds of universal human rights against any forms of social injustice and violence.

He further said that Waytha’s action in raising the matter on suspicion of possible extrajudicial actions of the police must not be frowned upon, rather it showed that as a deputy minister, he was taking his job seriously.

“It is hugely important for government leaders to be more open to criticism. Waythamoorthy should soldier on and not to compromise on any unreasonable demands to quit the cabinet simply out of their unwillingness to accept criticism,” said Kohilan.

Kohilan also pointed out there was no need for Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to jump the gun and reacted strongly against the constructive criticism, which was well-meant to help and improve the enforcement by the police and local security.

Yesterday, an English news portal reported that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has told Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P. Waythamoothy to toe the line as he is a member of the administration.

Najib said, “As a member of the administration, we should be on the same wavelength, meaning our opinions must be in sync with that of others. That’s the principle.” Najib was referring to the remarks made by Waytha.

Waytha was handpicked by Najib to be appointed as a deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department after the 13th General Election (GE13).

He led the Indian rights NGO Persatuan Hindraf Malaysia after returning from exile in the United Kingdom late 2012.

Waytha later went on a hunger strike for either Barisan Nasional (BN) or Pakatan Rakyat (PR) to sign Hindraf’s blueprint prior to the May 5 general election, and Najib finally agreed to sign the blueprint in April 2013. -TMT





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