It takes a nation to protect the nation
An exiled Indian Malaysian human rights lawyer plans to file a lawsuit against the British government for failing to provide adequate safety to the community under the rule of Malay-Muslim majority when independence was granted to the former colony. London-based Waytha Moorthy claims that the then British Harold MacMillian's government failed to provide protection to Indian Malaysians when independence was granted to the former colony in 1957. The 46-year-old lawyer was expected to re-issue a class action lawsuit at the High Court Monday. He is claiming a sum of $1 million in compensation for each one of Malaysia's 1.8 million Indians. Originally launched in 2007, but never heard and now out of time, Moorthy's claim is on behalf of Indian Malaysians who he said face human rights abuses and live unprotected and in "continuous colonisation". The then British government gave the Muslim population special rights and privileges, effectively establishing a system of apartheid ever since, he said in a statement. "In India, at the time of partition, the British government gave rights to minorities. "In Malaysia, minority racial and religious groups were hung out to dry. The result is that 45 percent of the population is still being marginalised, humiliated and discriminated against when it comes to jobs, education and finance," said Moorthy, chair of HINDRAF, an NGO advocating equal rights for Indian Malaysians. The organisation is banned in Malaysia and Moorthy has been jailed on numerous occasions in that country.
The Batang Kali Massacre trial - end of a Very British Cover-Up?
14 May 2012
In 1948, Scots Guardsmen shot dead 24 unarmed Chinese labourers in the rubber tapping village of Batang Kali, part of what was then colonial Malaya. Their village then was razed to the ground. Their dependents were left destitute. Then, in 1970, several of the Guardsmen involved came forward and, in the presence of their solicitors, openly confessed to the Metropolitan Police that they were ordered to execute the villagers extra-judicially, that the male villagers were divided into groups to be shot, and that they were later coached to say that this had happened during a mass escape attempt. A detailed chronology of the events surrounding the killings and their investigation can be found here.
These events have been the subject of two police investigations, both of which were terminated against the wishes of the police officers involved, investigations by print journalists, a BBC documentary and a recently published book, Slaughter and Deception at Batang Kali.
Against this backdrop, the victims’ families have been calling for an acknowledgement of wrongdoing and an independent inquiry or investigation into why it occurred.
Yet far from taking responsibility for this most shameful episode in British military history, the Coalition’s Secretaries of State for Defence and Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs have told the families that they are simply unwilling to do anything so that the truth of what happened can be made public. No apology has been offered. Responsibility has been evaded on the basis of hollow and technical arguments that the British Army was somehow under the command and control of the Sultan of Selangor at the time of the massacre. The Secretaries of State have not even bothered to take advice on whether the killings were legal.
On 8 and 9 May 2012 the victims’ families asked the High Court to overturn the refusal to investigate. The written submissions prepared by the families’ lawyers – Michael Fordham QC, Danny Freidman, Professor Zachary Douglas and Bindmans’ John Halford are here. In summary they argue:
• the Secretaries of State ought to have accepted that the official account given the UK Parliament – that these were necessary and justified killings - is simply unsustainable;
Well imagine how the british feel, we have given better rights to minoritys in this country as well. Maybe we should all sue.
I have ever sympathy for the indians in malaysia. I feel sorry for any non-muslim who has to endure life under islamic rule But if Britian had given independence with conditions, what sort of independence would that have been. With Britian its a case of dammed if you do, dammed if you don't.
Malaya was no different to Iraq and Afghanistan, a lot of British troops where killed, so as islamists can take power.
Notice the sign is written in english and Arab,not Malay
The United Malays National Organization, or UMNO, a Malay/moslem political association formed by Dato’ \Onn Jaafar on March 1, 1946, led the opposition against the Malayan Union.
In the end, due to tremendous internal pressure inside the Malayan Union, the British finally conceded to the local opposition. The Malayan Union ceased to exist on January 31, 1948. It was replaced by the Federation of Malaya (Persekutuan Tanah Melayu in Malay) which recognised the position of the Malays/Moslems as the definitive people of Malaya as well as outlining stricter conditions on the granting of citizenship.