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HINDRAF - Path to Conflict?

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    Posted: 18 Jun 2009 at 14:00
Malaysian Indians

They are descendant from those who migrated from India during British colonization. Majority Indians population in Malaysia is from Southern India, which are Tamil, Telegu and Malayalees. Meanwhile, the remaining balance is from the Northern India, which are Punjabis, Bengalis, Gujaratis and Sindhis.

Malaysia is known to have multiracial nation. Since the country had its independence from British in 1957, the harmony among the people is remained.

HINDRAF or Hindu Rights Action Force (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HINDRAF) was formed by Indians as a campaign in opposition unofficial policy of temple demolition and concerns about the steady intrusion of sharia-based law. Nonetheless the purpose and intention of the movement are rather inappropriate and overreacting.

Malaysia is populated by different religions and ethnicity where implementing Sharia-based law can be said as almost impossible to be applied and enforced. On top of that, there are no restrictions for anybody to carry on their religious activities. In other words, it just an exaggerated way to agitate unity among Malaysians for certain people interests and benefits.

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I don't really know much about it, but this is my completely unqualified opinion.

I can understand that Indians are somewhat unhappy at their position and the position of race relations in Malaysia, and to be honest I think some of their demands are reasonable, however this group will also attract more radical types and opinions.
Media groups will undoubtedly try to sensationalise this group and push them to the fringes, with their radical opinions being given more press than their reasonable ones.

So I'm really hedging my bets;
I think they have a point,
They could be radicalised,
They could be misrepresented as being radical and dangerous,

Or all three or any combination.
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