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Malaysian Indian minister quits over 'betrayal'

Published on Feb 11, 2014 1:28 PM
Then chairman of Hindraf P. Waytha Moorthy leaving a courtroom in Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur. Mr Waytha Moorthy became a minister after last year's bruising election. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - An ethnic Indian minister has resigned from Malaysia's cabinet in an apparent blow to efforts by the Malay-dominated government to halt a slide in support from the country's sizable minority groups.

Prime Minister Najib Razak had received the resignation of P. Waytha Moorthy, a spokesman for the premier confirmed on Tuesday.

A firebrand leader of the Hindu Rights Action Force, or Hindraf, Waytha Moorthy had angered many Indians by accepting the cabinet post last year, ostensibly to address their community's social problems from within the regime.

"Waytha Moorthy tendered his letter to the prime minister yesterday," Najib's spokesman told the Agence France-Presse, declining further comment.

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