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Indian businesses against street protests in Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, July 01, 2011
The Indian business community in
Malaysia has said it is strongly against the holding of street
The 12 Indian chambers of commerce and 13 trade associations
under the umbrella of the Malaysian Associated Indian Chamber
of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI) resolved that the political
parties Bersih, Umno Youth and Perkasa should not take to the
streets for a rally scheduled for July 9, the Star Online
MAICCI president K.K. Eswaran said the chambers' decision on
the rally was unanimous.
"Bersih wants fair elections, but it was already proven in the
2008 general election that Malaysia is a truly democratic
society," he said.
He said Bersih chairman Ambiga Sreenevasan - as a practising
lawyer and former bar council chairman - should know it is
important to adhere to the law.
"Ambiga must practise what she preaches by abiding to lawful
conduct," he said.
Eswaran urged police to take action against those who break
The Malaysian Indian Youth Development Foundation (MIYDF) -
with a membership of 18,000 people - said it would take to the
streets opposing the July 9 rally.
MIYDF chairman S.A. Vigneswaran said everyone should be
"If one group is allowed to rally, others should be allowed to
do the same. I will advise people not to join Bersih or any
other gathering. But if Bersih goes on, we will have no
choice," he said after launching the MIYDF anti-Bersih
Vigneswaran, a former Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) youth
wing chief, said the foundation would go on a nationwide drive
There were about 1.9 million people of Indian origin in
Malaysia in 2010, according to the Department of Statistics.