PETALING JAYA: DAP and PKR Indian leaders have welcomed Hindraf Makkal Sakthi’s pledge to unconditionally support the grand coalition of the opposition to oust the ruling Umno/Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.
DAP national Vice-Chairman M Kulasegaran said his party had no qualms about working with Hindraf provided they adhered to the rules of engagement.
He said although the DAP was a multiracial party, it also championed and protected the rights of minorities like the Indians and Orang Asli.
The Ipoh Barat MP added that by now Hindraf supporters would have realised that the BN government was good only in delivering empty promises to secure their votes.
“This is the reason (its chairman) P Waythamoorthy had to give up his position as deputy minister when BN declined to implement the contents in a memorandum of understanding signed just before GE13,” he said.
Kulasegaran said this in response to Waythamoorthy’s statement on Monday that Hindraf would mobilise its supporters to work voluntarily to defeat BN.
“This move can be taken as a declaration of war against Umno/BN.” he said, adding that the Indian community could permanently erase from their minds that Umno and BN could ever be trusted again.
Waythamoorthy called on Opposition political parties to accept his movement’s declaration with an open mind.
“We have a common goal to bring down this regime. We agree with Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) reform agenda.” he said.
PKR political bureau member Sivarasa Rasiah, who also echoed the views of Kulasegaran, said his party was prepared to work with anyone to save the nation from the BN.
“I am also glad that he has extended the cooperation without any strings attached,” said Sivarasa, who is also Subang MP.
FMT failed to get a response from PH Secretary Saifuddin Abdullah despite a WhatsApp message sent to him on Tuesday.
Saifuddin on Monday said PH (which consists of PKR, DAP and Amanah) was engaging Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and PAS to take on BN in one-to-one contests in the coming election.