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January 9, 2008

Chat with Malaysian Indian politician Log Nathan
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The politics of Malaysia has threatened to overshadow the ongoing Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in New Delhi.

Unrest has been brewing in Malaysia, with ethnic Indians in that country taking to the streets in protest against their alleged marginalisation. The leader of the Malaysian Indian Congress and the only representative of the ethnic Indians in the government Malaysian Minister for Works Samy Vellu had taken up their case.

Then came the announcement on Tuesday that Malaysia will stop recruitment of Indian workers. Though Vellu has denied that there were such plans, reports from Malaysia indicate otherwise.

Vellu faces rivals within the Malaysian Indian Congress. Log Nathan, a former councilor and an aide of Vellu for 30 years, was propped as the face of the rebel group.

Their version was that Vellu was the one who has done the ethnic Indians in and that they had no problem whatsoever with the Malaysian government. “We can’t blame the Malaysian government for what is happening in the country. In fact, we know that they are doing a lot to improve the lot of the ethnic Indians there. The problem with the community there is that they have played into the hands of Samy Vellu. He has exploited the community to further his own gains,” Nathan said.

Chat with Nathan to know more about the plight of the ethnic Indians in Malaysia and the status of India workers there, only on rediff chat at 1500 hours on Wednesday.

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