Syed Hamid Albar today revealed that Hindu Rights Action Force chairman P Waythamoorthy had been issued an arrest warrant under the Internal Security Act (ISA), which allows detention without trial.
“There was an ISA warrant against him and they (Home Ministry) wanted to revoke his passport. But when I became the minister, I said I do not want the passport to be cancelled,” he said in the bid to clarify the status of the Hindraf leader who is currently in self-imposed exile in London.
However Syed Hamid, who is former foreign minister, did not say whether the arrest warrant is still valid.
Meanwhile, Syed Hamid said the government has no plans to review the ISA and other preventive laws as they are “still relevant”.
“They are needed to prevent any activities that could threaten national security,” he said in response to a written question from Karpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor).