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Uthaya Press Conference

HINDRAF
135-3 JALAN TOMAN 7
KEMAYAN SQUARE
70200 SEREMBAN
MALAYSIA.
24th April 2008.

PRESS STATEMENT.

RE: Sivasubramaniam is liar, incompetent and lacks moral authority.

A probe without getting uthayakumar’s testimony is a farce. SUHAKAM irresponsible and serves as a tool of Government. Alleged “probe” not done according to powers conferred to Suhakam.
HINDRAF strongly condemns the “4 hour closed door probe” conducted by Sivasubramaniam which is one sided and deliberately calculated to paint a bad picture of the already defenceless P.Uthayakumar.

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Waytha in Geneva Since 17th April

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HINDRAF leader P. Wathyamoorthy was in Geneva since last week 17th April 2008,Thursday and just return back to UK yesterday, 20th April 2008 Sunday. He has addressed the United Nations Human Rights Commission on the plights of the Malaysian Indians who have been deprived despite being the citizens of Malaysia.
He had total of 10 meetings with various organizations and individuals under UN in Geneva.
It is expected that the current BN government will implement programmes to uplift the Indian community and also to immediately release the 5 HINDRAF detainees held under the ISA in Kamunting Detention Centre who had just voiced for the concern of their community.

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Hindraf planning nationwide convoy to abolish ISA

Hindraf is planning to organise a special prayers in Kamunting Mariamman Temple, Taiping for the speedy recovery of P. Uthayakumar and release of all detainee under ISA.

We are planning to create awareness and show sign of protest against this draconian law, ISA as well through Nationwide Motorcade Convoy leading to Kamunting Mariamman Temple.

Below are details :-

Date : 27th April 2008 ( Sunday)

There are few gathering spots for all the motorcar and superbike before we proceed to Kamunting.
Below are the details of start off.

For Klang Valley and southern region :- PLUS Plaza R&R Rawang
Time : 8.30 am
Contact : Mr Selvam ( 016-6626579)

For Ipoh : Ipoh Kallumalai Temple, Perak
Time : 11 am
Contact : Mr Vetha ( 017-5005658)

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Uthaya: Suhakam’s conduct deplorable

 
Charles Hector | Apr 25, 08 3:48pm
 I refer to the Malaysiakini report Suhakam: Uthaya wasn’t denied treatment.

Madpet (Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture) is disappointed by the fact that the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) made and pronounced conclusions about complaints about detention conditions and health care of an Internal Security Act (ISA) detainee in Kamunting Detention Centre without even meeting with the said P Uthayakumar.

The Malaysian Human Rights Commission should never come to any conclusion or finding without at least meeting and talking to both sides.

In this case, it was reported that the Suhakam team, led by Human Rights Commissioner Siva Subramaniam, had meetings with ‘…senior officials, the doctor and police personnel at the camp, as well as medical personnel in Taiping hospital’.

It was also reported that ‘Uthayakumar was neither present during the four-hour probe, nor interviewed by the team’. When Siva Subramaniam was asked why Uthayakumar’s side of the story was not heard it was reported, ‘He pointed out that media reports were also sufficient to highlight Uthayakumar’s plight’.

The manner in which this ‘inquiry’ was done and the conclusions reached are very wrong, and is a deprivation of Uthayakumar and his family’s fundamental right to be heard and participate in any inquiry and/or investigation.

Uthayakumar is already a victim of a draconian law that allows for detention without trial – where there is no right to defend oneself; no right to a fair and open trial and no right to even go for judicial review of the alleged reasons for detaining him.

As such, the manner in which Suhakam conducted themselves in this case makes it even more deplorable and is certainly unacceptable behaviour for a national human rights commission.

Madpet seriously hopes that the making of such speedy ‘conclusions – in this case by Commissioner Siva Subramanian – was not affected by the fact that his current term expires in July 2008, and a belief that a ‘pro-government’ positioning now may assist chances of a re-appointment for another two-year term.

Human rights commissioners and Suhakam must at all times be independent and be seen to be independent and fearless and should only be driven by human rights and justice considerations. If a human rights commissioner cannot do this by reason of fear or some other reason, then the proper and ethical thing to do is to resign.

Madpet urges Suhakam to immediately retract its conclusions about the complaints by Uthayakumar, his family and/or his friends as reported in the media, and conduct a proper inquiry into these complaints in the proper manner – which would necessarily include that the fundamental rights to be heard and to participate be accorded to the alleged victim and the complainants.

Madpet also calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Uthayakumar and all those currently detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) and other laws that allow for detention without trial and that all laws that allow for detention without trial be repealed.

The writer represents Madpet.

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Hindraf wants Suhakam commissioner out

 
Syed Jaymal Zahiid | Apr 25, 08 12:12pm

 

Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) lawyers have accused the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) of deceit and demanded for one of its commissioners to step down.

hindraf to palace 250408  leaders with petitionLawyer N Surendran claimed that Suhakam’s report by commissioner N Siva Subramaniam was utterly incorrect in suggesting that detained Hindraf leader P Uthayakumar is fine.

“It’s a lie. The report is totally incorrect. Uthayakumar is in bad shape. He has been denied medical attention for more than a month now,” he told reporters at a Hindraf gathering outside Istana Negara this morning.

About 30 supporters gathered outside the palace gates to submit a memorandum seeking royal intervention for the release of Uthayakumar and four others held under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

The memorandum was handed to a palace official by Vaishnavi, the five-year-old daughter of Hindraf chairperson P Waythamoorthy who is currently in self-exile in London.

‘Blatant lie’

hindraf p uthayakumar taiping hospital 170408 03Meanwhile, PKR Kapar MP S Manickvasagam, who was also present, claimed that Uthayakumar’s blood sugar level had increased to a worrying point.

This was caused by deliberate medical negligence on the side of the government, alleged the politician.

Hindraf lawyer and DAP MP for Teluk Intan M Manogaran also lambasted the alleged denial of medical treatment, which he described as “inhuman.”

“We deplore Suhakam’s report, it is a blatant lie. Siva Subramaniam must step down immediately,” he added.

n siva subramaniamOn Wednesday, Subramaniam, after visiting the Kamunting detention centre, said that Uthayakumar was given proper medical treatment by the authorities.

He, however, did not meet Uthayakmar or any of the other four Hindraf detainees during his visit.

Threat to BN, not nation

In their memorandum to the King, Hindraf lawyers appealed to his highness to facilitate the release of the five.

This action followed a recent media report stating that the King had consented to the government’s recommendation for the Hindraf leaders to be detained for two years. This decision was reportedly conveyed in letters sent by His Majesty to the five.

hindraff isa detainees 141207Manogaran stressed that the use of ISA to detain the Hindraf leaders was utterly unjust and appealed to the King to raise the matter in his Parliamentary address next Monday.

“ISA is evil and the government that carries it is an evil government. We urge the King to look into the matter and justly react by releasing all of them,” added Surendran

They argued that Hindraf is not a threat to national security but to the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN).

The other Hindraf leaders under detention are M Manoharan, V Ganabatirau, R Kenghadharan and T Vasantha Kumar.

All five were detained on Dec 13 shortly after they had organised mammoth street rally which drew some 30,000 people.

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Samy Vellu’s re-incarnation to demi-god status

 
Manjit Bhatia | Apr 17, 08 10:46am
 

Having lost his own seat on March 8, then scurrying out of the hall where he had awaited the poll result with a surly ‘goodbye’ to the media and his adoring fans, Samy Vellu, the former works minister and long-time Mahathir Mohamad lackey – until their recent falling out – is back, and bigger and better.

Who needs Bollywood when Samy has a cult-like status that would make the late South Indian movie great, MGR, squirm in embarrassment. Or envy. Somehow, Bollywood actors can make a Lazarus-like return from the brink of impossibile imponderables look like child’s play. So here’s Samy … again.
 
samy vellu interview 160408 03He says he will press the tattered Barisan Nasional regime to give the Indian community their due.

“We are even more determined than ever to ensure that Indians achieve greater success and be on par with the other races. The MIC will continue to demand from the government what is rightfully ours,” Samy was quoted on April 12 by Bernama.
 
Yeah, right. Let’s start with Samy declaring his personal wealth, including his immediate and extended families.
 
It is amazing, even now, after the poll, that Samy and the old regime’s henchmen and women still use Bernama to put out their populist spin. It is time Bernama is dismantled for its barefaced intent, apparently in the name of “journalism”. How pitiful.
 
In case Samy has forgotten, however conveniently, he was the fellow, with his tug of jet-black transplanted hair, who used his party, the Malaysian Indian Congress, as his own vehicle to personal political power and wealth accumulation for his family and cronies.
 
In case he has forgotten, this party, led by Samy, was decimated at the last poll. And the fact that Samy still leads the party says an awful lot about rank-and-file party membership. One would have thought that they have would tossed Samy out of the party on his head for leading such a demolition job on his own party and, worse, for crudely and unremorsefully attacking the rights of Malaysian Indian citizens through the massively corrupt and incompetent Mahathirist and Abdullah Badawi regimes.

No action from Samy before
 
What did Samy do, for example, when the Umno regime – in cahoots with the Malaysian Chinese Association, also decimated at the last election and also riddled with corruption, sexual and other scandals – went about bulldozing Indian temples? Did anybody see Samy stand in front of the bulldozing brigade of Malay Umno cadres who performed such heroic acts behind the skirts of the regime’s security forces in an episode that resembled more like Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution?
 
abdullah ahmad badawi and samy vellu 181004Did anybody see or hear of Samy going up to the weak-kneed Abdullah, his new boss, to say the Umno-led barbarism has to stop? Did he say to Abdullah that the Hindraf-Five should not be arrested, that the police’s brutality unleashed on Indian street demonstrators should not be employed, because they were justified in struggling for their rights, in their own country, as citizens?
 
All hail Samy now? Or should that be ‘all hair Samy now’? Get real. Samy was always a waste of space in Malaysian national politics. In fact, not one politician in the BN regime since 1969, save for a handful, has been worth his or her salt. Look at Rafidah Aziz. She wins her seat but Abdullah bones her from his cabinet. Why not earlier? Why not others too? Why not Samy long before the poll? And why didn’t Mahathir bone his entire incompetent and corrupt cabinet?
 
Vested interests, that’s why. Samy’s job, as described to him by Mahathir, was to ensure Malay-bumiputera businesses, or coprorates, and government-linked companies, be given hugely lucrative state infrastructure contracts. Further, their profitability was to be ensured at all costs, even if that means these businesses put up fees and charges and prices. Take, for example, the road and bridge tolls fiasco. Not only were the toll firms milking the public for every cent, they were also protected by the regime, which ignored the people’s justifiable howls of protests against being ripped off.
 
And who’s to say that, in the process, the politicians and bureaucrats, dominated by Malays, did not handsomely line their own pockets? Surely even Anwar Ibrahim would testify to this. And he has. But Anwar did nothing when he was in power in the Mahathir regime. He, too, conveniently chose silence – until he was dethroned from power. Now he’s promising a clean alternative?

Stage-managed interview?
 
Is this the same clean alternative that Mahathir saw of Abdullah. Mahathir said he did not know how clean Abdullah was until he learnt that his handpicked protégé bathed 15 times a day? Too much water on the brain, I say. Because the Abdullah regime has been nothing more than a joke. And Samy was part of that joke. What idiotic fools Malaysia developed as its leaders, and what laughing stock they became internationally.
 
Read Samy’s press conference with Bernama and you’ll note two things. One is that this press conference was entirely stage-managed to give Samy some credibility and a legacy to leave behind. The other is that it is the same old tired spiel that one has heard about a hundred million times.

The government has been benevolent. Opportunities were given to the Indians. They should have grasped them with both hands and feet – a little like clambering up coconut trees. Only through hard work can success amongst Indian be attained. Get it? It’s just populist dribble that does not inspire anything other than dismay, anger and abhorrence for politicians and their foul lies.
 
Where was Samy when these opportunities were being created and the Indians weren’t grasping them with their hands and feet? Why wasn’t he exhorting them? And, for that matter, where were Samy’s underlings, his so-called deputies? Too busy eating tosei?
 
hindraff isa detainees 141207If these opportunities were so freely available, why did ordinary Indians take to the streets to protest against the regime? Why did Samy allow the regime’s security thugs to beat them up? Why did Samy allow Abdullah to haul the Hindraf-Five to jail under the Stalinist Internal Security Act?
 
If Samy is serious and genuine, he would demand, first up, that Abdullah releases the Hindraf-Five immediately and unconditionally. He would demand the Hindraf-Five be given financial compensation for the brutality meted out to them by the regime’s cowardly and corrupt security forces. He would demand that the Inspector General of Police be sacked for gross incompetence and criminal negligence.
 
Let’s see if Samy has real gumption in this respect. I’ll bet bottom dollar that he is just as he has always been: all talk, hot air and plainly gutless. No Indians in their right minds would for a second believe anything that Samy Vellu says. He’s still in cahoots with his Umno bosses. He is, after all, MIC president. This press conference was just what it was intended to be – to hoodwink the Indians yet again. 

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