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Malaysia’s Hindraf chief resigns as deputy minister

Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) chairman P Waytha Moorthy on Monday resigned as a deputy minister in the Prime Minister's Department, reportedly after losing faith in the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

KUALA LUMPUR: Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) chairman P Waytha Moorthy on Monday resigned as a deputy minister in the Prime Minister's Department, reportedly after losing faith in the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

A Hindraf statement, issued by Hindraf secretary P Ramesh and posted on Mr Waytha Moorthy's Facebook page, said he handed his resignation letter to Prime Minister Najib Razak at 5.05 pm.

"P Waytha Moorthy had handed over his resignation letter to the Prime Minister to release him of his position as the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department," said the statement.

Mr Waytha Moorthy was once a vocal critic of the BN government and its treatment of Malaysia's minority Indian community.

But last year, he controversially joined Prime Minister Najib's office, after BN signed a memorandum of understanding promising to tackle the socio-economic problems afflicting the Indian community in Malaysia.

Hindraf on Saturday said that Mr Waytha Moorthy would be resigning from all his government posts and the senate on Monday.

It said he had met with an "unending series of delays and dead ends" and had given up hope on bringing change from within.

Mr Waytha Moorthy was appointed as a senator and then a deputy minister after the 13th general election on May 5 last year.  

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