Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy

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Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy
Malaysian Deputy Minister in Prime Minister's Department
In office
16 May 2013 – 10 February 2014
Monarch Abdul Halim
Prime Minister Najib Razak
Malaysian Senator
In office
5 June 2013 – 10 February 2014
Monarch Abdul Halim
Prime Minister Najib Razak
Personal details
Born 16 July 1966
Citizenship Malaysian
Political party HINDRAF
Relations P. Uthayakumar (brother)
Parents Ponnusamy s/o Arunasalam
Occupation Human rights activist

Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy sometimes spelt Waythamoorthy (born 16 July 1966) is a Malaysian lawyer of Tamil origin who is currently an activist of the HINDRAF campaign to fight discrimination against Malaysian Hindus.

Early life[edit]

Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy was born on 16 July 1966 to Ponnusamy Arunasalam who was a first generation immigrant. Waytha Moorthy mentioned in his statement of claim that his parents sold their home to finance his studies in the United Kingdom. Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy also stated that he was denied entry into a local university despite having all the requirements purely because he was an Indian.[1]

Hindu temple demolition in Malaysia[edit]

Waytha Moorthy was a devotee of the Sri Siva Balamuniswarar Hindu temple in Setapak which was demolished using government bulldozers in 2006, the Sri Kumaravel Hindu temple Kampong Medan which has been relocated next to a sewerage tank in 2006, the Muniswarar Hindu temple in Midlands estate was demolished using a sledge hammer in 2006 and the Muniswarar temple in Seremban with a 100-year-old rain tree which has been given notice to be demolished in 2006.[1]

Lawsuit against Britain[edit]

He is suing the British Government. He is accusing the British government, which was then managing British Malaya of "abandoning minority Indians to the mercy of majoritarian Malay rule while granting independence on 31 August 1957". Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy is suing for the British Government to pay £1,000,000 to each Malaysian Indian for the "pain, suffering, humiliation, discrimination and continuous colonisation". This extraordinary lawsuit is being backed by HINDRAF or Hindu rights action force.

Just as Malaysia was celebrating her 50th Independence on 31 August 2007, Waytha Moorthy led a team of lawyers to file a 4 trillion pound lawsuit against the British Government. "After a century of slaving for the British, the colonial government withdrew after granting independence and they left us unprotected and at the mercy of a majority Malay-Muslim government that has violated our rights as minority Indians," said Waytha after filing the suit.[2] He is also seeking to strike out Article 153 of the Malaysian Constitution which acknowledges Malay Supremacy. He also wants the court to declare that Malaysia is a secular state and not an Islamic one.


On 30 October 2007, Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy and prominent members of HINDRAFM. Manoharan, P. Uthayakumar and V. Ganabatirau—were arrested at 11:00 p.m. and detained until 8:00 a.m. the following morning for taking part in a demonstration against the demolition of a Hindu Shrine in Kuala Lumpur. Because of this "unlawful arrest", the lawyers are seeking 85 million Malaysian Ringgits in compensation, with Manoharan, Uthayakumar and Ganapathy Rao seeking 20 million while Waytha Moorthy is seeking 25 million.[3]

He was arrested again on 23 November together with P. Uthayakumar and V. Ganabatirau, this time on sedition charges. All three were granted bail, but Waytha refused bail as a sign of protest.[4] But on 26 November, the court discharged Waytha Moorthy, Uthayakumar and Ganapathy Rao[5] because "the prosecution had failed to adhere to Zunaidah's (the judge) instructions on Friday to attach the Tamil transcripts of the speeches to the charge sheet".[6]

International Mission[edit]

Waytha Moorthy left Malaysia on 26 November 2007 to avoid possible detention under the Internal Security Act and to obtain international support for HINDRAF's cause.[7] He began with India and planned to proceed to London, Geneva, Brussels, Washington DC, New York and Atlanta.[8] BERNAMA, the Malaysian national news agency on 3 January 2008 reported that Waytha Moorthy said that the HINDRAF cause has been lost. This statement was untrue as it was twisted by the Barisan Nasional controlled media[9]

Support BN[edit]

Prior to the 13th General Election on 18 April 2013, Waytha as the chief of Hindraf sign a memorandum of understanding with Barisan Nasional chief Najib Razak. At the MoU signing ceremony, Waythamoorthy had also urged Indian voters to vote for BN in GE-13, saying only the ruling coalition can take care of the community's welfare. His brother P Uthayakumar founder of Hindraf however said that the movement has "nothing to do" with the memorandum of understanding signed.[10][11]

Joining government[edit]

Wathya was appointed as the deputy minister in the Prime Minister's Department after Barisan Nasional formed the government following the simple majority seats victory in the general election.[12] Waythamoorthy said that he and Hindraf would be able to solve the issue of stateless Indians in the country within five years.[13]

However, on 8 February 2014, Waytha announced his resignation from all government positions and the Dewan Negara,[14] citing a decision by HINDRAF's central committee which derided the government for not attending to the needs of the Indian population.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b [1] Particulars of Claim.
  2. ^ [2] Inter Press Service news report.
  3. ^ "RM85 Million Suit by 4 Lawyers For wrongful arrest & detention".
  4. ^ "Lawyers charged with sedition", The Star, 24 November 2007.
  5. ^ "Al Jazeera report Al Jazeera 27 November 2007.
  6. ^ [3] The Star, 27 November 2007.
  7. ^ [4] Al-Arabiya, 1 December 2007
  8. ^ Shadow Warrior: with Uthayakumar, head of HINDRAF of Malaysia
  9. ^ [5] BERNAMA, Pure Barisan Nasional Propaganda
  10. ^ [fz.com/content/ge13-uthaya-slams-hindraf-hijackers-says-mou-not-acceptable GE13: Uthaya slams 'Hindraf hijackers', says MoU not acceptable]
  11. ^ 'Waytha sold watered-down blueprint to Najib'
  12. ^ Waytha Moorthy
  13. ^ Waytha upbeat in solving stateless issue in five years
  14. ^ [6]