PETALING JAYA: P Waythamoorthy entered the 10th day of his hunger strike today with neither the Barisan Nasional nor Pakatan still willing to endorse Hindraf’s blueprint for the Indian community.
The Hindraf chairman, nevertheless, remains steadfast in his quest to draw attention to the ills plaguing the community and pledged to soldier on as long as he is physically able.
Waythamoorthy started his hunger strike at 7pm on March 10 in the Arulmigu Agora Veerabathrar Sanggili Karuppar Temple, in Kampung Benggali, 17 ½ mile, Rawang.
“I have been visited by a several politicians from Pakatan Rakyat, I thank them for their visit,” said Waythamoorthy.
“But these politicians who visited me are powerless as individuals. I do not expect those of higher authority to visit me as well.”
“I’m doing this on my own free will for the people who have been deprived, I’m not going to depend on anyone in particular.
“My limbs feel weak and I have lost some weight but I don’t plan on giving up,” he added.
No signs of wanting to call off fast
Spokesperson for Waythamoorthy, W Sambulingam said that the former is still containing his hunger but is getting weaker by day.
“It will be the 10th day today and we have three to four volunteer doctors checking on his glucose levels, blood pressure and his weight on a daily basis,” he said.
“Till today, Waythamoorthy has lost about 4.5kg but shows no signs of giving up. He is really very determined,” he added.
Sambulingam said that Waythamoorthy has thus far been visited by PKR Selayang MP William Leong, PAS Kuala Selangor MP Dzulkefly Ahmad and PKR Kapar MP P Manikavasagam.
“MIC CWC member KP Samy also dropped by yesterday but he did so only as a friend and not for any political reasons whatsoever,” he added.
Sambulingam also claimed that six physically challenged people from the Independent Living and Training Centre in Rawang visited Waythamoothy and showed support for his actions.
“We also have a lot of people visiting him [Waythamoorthy] from all over the country and we are very grateful for their show of support,” he said.
While on his hunger strike, Waythamoorthy has also been penning down his thoughts in FMT on Hindraf’s blueprint and the reasons as to why he is battling for their cause.