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Use common sense, Surendran told

 | July 12, 2012

The Pakatan-friendly WargaAMAN says MIC is not behind recent SMS threats.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Pakatan-friendly WargaAMAN today scoffed at PKR vice president N Surendran’s allegation that MIC was behind a SMS threatening to splash his face with acid.

The group’s secretary-general, S Barathidasan, said in a press statement that he received a similar threat last Tuesday, but had decided not to make a police report.

“Let’s be more practical and use a bit of common sense,” he said. “If a person is really

loyal, honest, concerned and cares about his party’s image, he will never use his party’s name to send a SMS threat.”

He suspects that the culprit is someone out to tarnish MIC’s name and “trying very hard to create a gap between MIC and Pakatan Indian leaders”.

WargaAMAN, a coalition of 20 Indian-based NGOs, has often been critical of Barisan Nasional and the Putrajaya administration and supportive of Pakatan Rakyat.

Surendran lodged his police report on Tuesday. He alleged that several other PKR members had also received the threat.

Barathidasan also shot down Surendran’s contention that the threat and other forms of “continuous harassment by MIC” were a follow-up to a brawl in Putrajaya last May. Puchong PKR chief S Murali sustained a fractured cheekbone in the fisticuffs involving MIC Youth members.

Barathidasan’s theory is that the threats were related to a Niat statement that MIC was irrelevant.

Malaysiakini reported that statement under the heading “MIC lost relevance 38years ago, says Niat chief” on Tuesday.

“The news was uploaded at 9.33am and I received the SMS after 20 minutes,” Barathidasan said.

“The sender must have thought I am still a member of Niat. Here, WargaAMAN stresses that the coalition has nothing to do with Niat’s current actions.”

Special operation’

Meanwhile, MIC Youth has repeated its allegation that PKR had assigned a team led by Surendran to carry out a “special operation” to tarnish MIC’s name.

“Just look at the recent incident where Surendran and his teammates accused MIC over an attack against V Ganabathi Rao and his brother Pappa Raidu,” MIC Youth information chief S Subramaniam told FMT.

“The truth is they were assaulted by PKR men.”

He alleged that PKR was bereft of real issues to raise, especially those concerning the Indian community, and was creating issues to confuse the public.

“Once, they tried to blow up the Effingham Tamil school issue by claiming that MIC grabbed three acres of land out of six acres,” he said.

“But, it backfired when MIC raised the matter and accused the Selangor state government of taking nearly RM20 million which originally belong to the school.”

Subramaniam challenged Surendran to speak up on the Midland Tamil school issue as well as issues concerning the Bukit Raja and Coalfield estates.

Recently, former workers at the two estates claimed that the Selangor government had acquired land originally given as compensation to former workers at the two plantations.


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