~ Translation by Sevan Doraisamy
National and local community issues were the focus of reports in the Tamil press between 30 Aug and 5 Sept 2008.
On 30 Aug, both Makkal Osai and Malaysia Nanban reported on Budget 2009 on the front page. Both used the same title Makkal Budget, meaning “Peoples’ Budget”. The Makkal Osai editorial said the Budget was timely in reflecting the current needs of Malaysians.
On the same day, both newspapers continued to report on the ongoing tussle between two Hindraf leaders: P Waytha Moorthy, who is currently in London, and Raidu Rao.
Raidu Rao, who is Shah Alam local councilor and brother of Internal Security Act detainee V Ganapathy Rao, called on Hindraf supporters to stop labelling him a traitor or ettapan. He said he had the right to question the Hindraf leadership because he was also responsible to the community, and was merely pointing out the “misleading facts” that were presented by Waytha Moorty.
At the same time, Makkal Osai reported that M Suthararajoo, the Desa Mentari coordinator of Hindraf, said Raidu Rao was not a Hindraf leader and advised him to stop splitting the organisation.
On 31 Aug, Malaysian Nanban reported that about 79 people in Jelapang Baru, Perak have been fighting for their land titles for the past 16 years.
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