KUALA LUMPUR — November 19, 2018: An online petition demanding P. Waytha Moorthy to step down as minister of national unity and social well-being has garnered over 21,000 signatories in less than 24 hours.
Using his controversial view on the supposed mistreatment of Malaysian Indians as a basis, the petition which was put-up on the same day Waytha maintained his previous stand argued that he was unfit to hold the post.
The petition followed a widely re-circulated 2011 video of Moorthy accusing the then Barisan Nasional government of several abuses against Indians, including forced conversion to Islam and destroying 10,000 Hindu temples.
“The crux of the matter is that is he qualified to be the country’s custodian on national unity, given what he had said about Muslims in this country? We demand his resignation,” wrote the petition writer, Pendukung Perlembagaan.
Moorthy, who founded the Tamil pressure group Hindraf, made the allegations in an interview with a Dutch television station over Hindraf’s street demonstration in November 2007.
In the video, he discouraged the Netherlands from being Malaysia’s trade partner due to the alleged gross violation of human rights.
“We were brought to Malaya as forced laborers 200 years ago and we are now Malaysian citizens but unfortunately we are still being unfairly treated. The country spends billions to elevate only the majority race, the Malay Muslims,” claimed Moorthy in the video.
This is the second controversy that has implicated Moorthy after Pakatan Harapan formed the government after the May 9 general elections. The first was when he announced that the government will ratify a contentious anti-racial discrimination convention of the United Nations early next year.
The dispute over the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination is a result of suspicion that the convention will eventually negate Article 153 of the Malaysian Constitution which protects the special rights of the Malays and Bumiputera.