"I don't subscribe to Hindraf's aggressive views ...". Anwar Ibrahim has been ducked left, right and centre since my Dec 2 posting Anwar: India right to fight for Indians, which I did based on a news article from an interview he had given to the Daily News and Analysis, India.
The former DPM posted the full transcript of the interview in his blog today. After reading the full transcript, I have to say that the news article did not do justice to Anwar.
Excerpts:What do you think about the racial discrimination faced by Indians in Malaysia?
Ours is a multiracial society and it is not just the Indians, but also the ethnic Malays and ethnic Chinese communities who have been complaining of racial discrimination.
Do you agree that historically Indians have been treated as slaves in Malaysia?
It is not just the ethnic Indians, the Chinese and Malays are also complaining about ill-treatment. I don’t subscribe to the Hindraf’s (Hindu Rights Action Force) aggressive view, but pulling down temples [as the Malaysian government is doing] isn’t the way to go.
Some Malaysian leaders believe that India must not get involved in local affairs…
These ministers are not aware of diplomatic niceties. When you raise issues of minorities being mistreated in other parts of the world, people are going to question the treatment of minorities in your own country.
Please read the full transcript, Muslims also are being discriminated against in Malaysia, at the DNA website.