PKR vice-president N Surendran announced that the rally will be held on Dec 5 at 10am in front of the Department, and Pakatan Rakyat leaders, civil society groups and “thousands” of stateless Indians will be there.
“We will go to the NRD, and we will insist they immediately resolve all the clear cases on the spot. We need clear answers on the spot.
“We will go there with tents, we will go there with food and provisions, and we will not move until the federal government gives the solution to this problem,” said Surendran in a press conference today.
The human rights lawyer stressed that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and the government still have time to resolve the problem, and the rally is the Indian community’s last resort to highlight the problem to the authorities
“Najib and the government cannot blame us if we bring thousands to Putrajaya because we had been left with no choice,” he said, adding that the party is currently in the process of mobilising people to the rally.
Sidelining Indians: ‘Deliberate attempt by Najib and BN'
PKR legal bureau chief Latheefa Koya, the party human rights and legal bureau deputy chairperson S Jayathas as well as several Indians who is facing citizenship problems were also presented.
Despite the government and MIC having repeatedly said that the number of stateless Indians were only between 10,000 and 20,000 people, Surendran insisted that the number should be way bigger, around 300,000 people.
He accused the Barisan Nasional federal government had deliberately and systematically marginalised the Indians in this country.
“We had highlighted cases like this many times, this is not the first time… The government knows it, why are they continuing to do it?
“And I say there is a deliberate attempt by the Najib and the BN government to marginalise the Indian community and to that extent, of denying proper education to young Indians.
“This is a serious allegation, I’ll stand by it, and I challenge the government to deny it,” he added.