Monday, November 29, 1999

Malaysian Indian lawmaker receives death threat

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Kuala Lumpur, May 16 (IANS) A Malaysian Indian lawmaker Sunday received a death threat and red paint was thrown at his cars to warn him to stay out of a mining deal he has exposed.S. Manikavasagam woke up to find his and his wife's cars splashed with red paint in his home.He said that three bags containing red paint had been hurled onto his porch where the two cars were parked, Star Online, web site of The Star said Sunday.Attached to one of the bags was an A4-size paper that said 'Jangan campur issue pasir. You mati. (Don't get involved in the sand mining issue. You will die.)'Manikavasagam belongs to the opposition Parti Keadalan Rakyat (PKR) and represents Kapar constituency in Selangor state in the parliament.He has alleged corruption in the Selangor government-owned sand mining company Kumpulan Semesta Sdn Bhd and claimed that two company insiders and a sand-mining contractor had handed some incriminating documents to him.He said he had received death threats over the phone before and lodged a police complaint.Malaysia is home to 1.7 million ethnic Indians, a bulk of them Tamils, who settled here during the British era. They constitute seven percent of Malaysia's 28 million population.

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