Human Rights Party Malaysia

The Human Rights Party Malaysia (Malay: Parti Hak Asasi Malaysia, abbreviated HRP) was a Malaysian human rights-based political party founded on 19 July 2009, led by human rights activist P.Uthayakumar.[1] Uthayakumar was the pro-tem Secretary General of HRP with the support of Uthayakumar's brother, P.Waythamoorthy, both leaders of Hindu Rights Action Force (HINDRAF), a apolitical human rights and equal rights non-governmental organisation (NGO).

Human Rights Party Malaysia
Parti Hak Asasi Manusia Malaysia
Secretary-GeneralUthayakumar Ponnusamy
Founded19 July 2009
Dissolved15 July 2019
Preceded byHindu Rights Action Force (HINDRAF)
Succeeded byMalaysian Advancement Party (MAP)
Malaysia Makkal Sakti Party (MMSP)
HeadquartersNo 6, Jalan Abdullah, Off Jalan Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur
IdeologyHuman rights
Tamil nationalism
Dravidian politics
Political positionLeft-wing
National affiliationCoalition of HINDRAF
Colours  Orange and white
Dewan Negara:
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Dewan Rakyat:
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Dewan Undangan Negeri:
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Human Rights Party Malaysia was formed as a multiracial party which promises that it would carry on with the HINDRAF's slogan and concept of Makkal Sakti (மக்கள் சக்தி) or ''Kuasa Rakyat translated as 'People's Power' with 18-point demands dated August 2007 to the government of Malaysia and in particular Article 8 (Equality before the law) Article 12 (1) (b) (no discrimination) and Article 153(1) (legitimate interests of other communities) of the Federal Constitution.[2] The main thrust of this party is to be the focus group in putting the Malaysian Indians back onto the national mainstream development of Malaysia after 52 years of having been left out. The party also focus on all other communities that are suffering from the worst forms of violations of human rights in Malaysia, in particular the Malaysian Indians who instead get the least attention not only from the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN)'s United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) regime but also from the opposition coalitions or parties People's Justice Party (PKR), Democratic Action Party (DAP), Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), NGOs, civil society and the print and electronic media generally, albeit to a lesser extent. The main struggle of HRP is against all forms of racism and racial discrimination by the current ruling government in Malaysia, namely UMNO.[3]

In 2019, its key leader, Waytha Moorthy instead has managed to successfully register a new party name Malaysian Advancement Party (MAP) during the Pakatan Harapan (PH) rules.[4] HRP registration application however was never approved by Registrar of Societies (RoS) and it is considered as disbanded in due course as even the original movement it was based, HINDRAF was deregistered in 2019.[5]

See also


  1. "ANNOUNCEMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS PARTY (HRP), MALAYSIA". Human Rights Party Malaysia. 2009-07-17. Archived from the original on 2010-05-11. Retrieved 2009-07-22.
  2. "Yoursay: Waytha - damned if he does, damned if he doesn't". Malaysiakini. 28 November 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2021.
  3. "SPECIAL REPORT: The Hindraf protest". Malaysiakini. 26 November 2007. Retrieved 14 December 2007.
  4. Austin Camoens (16 July 2019). "New political party formed to address interests of Indian community". The Star Online. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  5. "Hindraf files court challenge against deregistration". Free Malaysia Today. 29 December 2020. Retrieved 13 January 2021.


  • Jawan, Jayum A. (2003). Malaysian Politics & Government, p. 43. Karisma Publications. ISBN 983-195-037-2
  • Amnesty International Report 2006: The State of the World's Human Rights. Amnesty International. 2005. ISBN 0-86210-369-X.

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