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Malaysiakini: Waytha, do not come back, ISA waiting for you…

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).

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Hindraf’s action seems to have damaged Malaysia’s image abroad

Cover-up story by Bernama… As far as i concern, Malaysia’s image had damaged long time ago by our beloved leaders… Corruption, discrimination, cronyism, etc…

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Lobbying for international support for the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) by its chairman P. Waythamoorthy in the United Nations, India and Britain seems to have tarnished Malaysia’s image abroad more than it has done any good.

This development has raised a question.

Where is the pressure group headed?

Is it genuinely championing the interests of the country’s Indians, which it claims the government has marginalised, or taking up any other specific cause?

Undeniably, championing the rights and interests of any religion or community is a noble cause.

In fact, such a struggle has never been prohibited in the country.

However, in multiracial Malaysia, such efforts should be undertaken within certain boundaries.

Several quarters interviewed by Bernama have expressed their views on the matter.

“He (Waythamoorthy) has to return from abroad to clarify matters. The best way is through negotiation and not confrontation,” Malaysian Indian Youth Council president A. Rajaratnam said.

He suggested that the government give the undertaking not to detain Waythamoorthy under the Internal Security Act (ISA) if the Hindraf leader agreed to return to Malaysia.

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s (UKM) Ethnic Studies Institute director Prof Datuk Dr Shamsul Amri Baharuddin said Hindraf’s demands began with its intra-ethnic problems which emanated from the heterogeneous nature (differences in religions, languages, classes and castes) of the community but was later manipulated to become inter-ethnic problems to serve the interests of certain quarters.

In this context, he said people from the lower-income group like plantation workers, were used by a small group of middle-class Indians to arouse hatred against the Barisan Nasional (BN) government by holding a demonstration in the capital on Nov 25, last year.

“The elite used the lower-income group to show as if the issues championed by Hindraf were Indian problems,” he told Bernama.

In a statement on Dec 6, last year, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said Hindraf was an unregistered body helmed by five lawyers and a senior executive of a private company.

Five of them, lawyers M. Manoharan who is now Kota Alam Shah assemblyman, P. Uthayakumar, R. Kenghadharan, V. Ganabathirau, and former bank executive K. Vasantha Kumar, were detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) on Dec 13, last year for their involvement in organising the Nov 25 street protests and hurling slanderous accusations against the government.

In a memorandum to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Hindraf claimed that the Malaysian Government had engaged an armed Islamic militant group to attack and destroy the Mariaman temple in Kampung Jawa, Shah Alam about 4am on Nov 15, last year.

Hindraf also appealed to the British Government to initiate an emergency resolution in the United Nations to condemn the “ethnic cleansing” of the Indians in the country and to refer Malaysia to the World Court and the International Criminal Court for the crime against its own ethnic minority Indians.

On Aug 30, last year, Hindraf sued the British Government in London’s Royal Courts of Justice for bringing Indians to Malaysia as rubber estate labourers and exploiting them for 150 years.

The quantum being sought is 4 trillion British pound (RM27.7 trillion) or RM1 million for every Indian currently residing in Malaysia.

Dr Shamsul Amri said Hindraf grew out of the Indian problems like claiming the body of an (Mount) Everest climber Sarjan M. Moorthy or his Islamic name, Mohamad Abdullah in 2006, temple demolition to make way for development and championing the plight of Indians in the plantations who were still living in poverty.

He said the complex issues were coalesced by Hindraf leaders to form a social collective movement to rally the support of the majority of the Indians to go against the Umno-led government.

“There is an unwritten agreement in BN that component parties look after their own party’s interests where Umno looks after the Malays, MCA looks after the Chinese, and MIC looks after the Indians. It is obvious that MIC has failed.

“The question now is why did it turn into a Malay-Indian problem when it was an Indian problem internally,” he said, adding that Hindraf’s action could cause racial tension.

“Whatever it is, they found the real enemy … It is much easier to fight against another ethnic group, rather than the MIC,” he said.

Dr Shamsul Amri said the opposition parties capitalised on the situation which eventually caused BN to lose two-thirds majority in the March 8 general election.

On Aug 17, 2007, Hindraf gave an 18-point memorandum to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on the marginalisation and the needs of the Indian community and the unhappiness of the Hindu devotees.

Hindu Sangam Malaysia president Datuk A. Vaithilingam said the demolition of the Mariamman temple by the Selangor Government one day before Deepavali last year, had increased the Indians support for Hindraf.

“That was the breaking point. If former menteri besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo had not destroyed the temple, Hindraf would not have become famous,” he said, while proposing that the government channel funds directly to Indian non-governmental organisations, and not through political parties.

In an interview with Malaysiakini, Dr Mohamad Khir had said that MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu had called him on the night of Nov 15 and told him that Hindraf supporters had entered the temple and it had to be demolished that very night.

Samy Vellu retorted, saying that the claim was baseless.

Social activist Dr Chandra Muzaffar said Hindraf leaders and supporters did not speak the truth about the Shah Alam temple demolition which had vented the people’s anger against the government.

In his article, ‘Hindraf: Bane Upon the Nation’ in Tehran Times, he wrote: “It was not widely made known within the community that the temple was on private land and the developer had offered cash assistance to the temple committee to build a new temple on an alternative site.

“The temple was not the only place of worship that was brought down; a surau was also demolished. In most instances, when temples or other places of worship are forced to yield to development projects, alternative sites are made available.

“As structures, temples in particular, are somewhat problematic since a number of them were constructed without obtaining prior approval from the relevant authorities. Because they are illegal structures, the authorities have been forced to act.”

Describing the claim of ‘ethnic cleansing’ as utterly ludicrous, Dr Chandra said if it were true, the government would not have allowed Tamil language to be used in Tamil schools, in broadcasting and the freedom for Hindus to practise their religion.

“If Hindus are facing annihilation, how does one explain the glaring fact that in the state of Selangor, on a per capita basis, there are more Hindu temples than mosques and suraus put together? The total Hindu-Indian population in the state is about one quarter of the total Malay-Muslim population,” he wrote.

He said the Indian community represented 11.5 per cent of the professional and management group in the country, higher than eight per cent of its population.

Statistics from the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) show that the population of the country is made up of 16.41 million Bumiputeras (Malays and Sabah and Sarawak Bumiputeras), 6.22 million (Chinese), 1.86 million (Indians) and 320,000 (others).

In 2007, the poverty rate (household income below RM750 per month) of the Indian community was 2.5 per cent, the second highest after Bumiputeras at 5.1 per cent.

The Chinese accounted for 0.6 per cent.

For hardcore poor (household income below RM440 per month), Bumiputeras accounted for one per cent, Indians 0.3 per cent and Chinese 0.1 per cent.

Based on the statistics, the average monthly income of Bumiputeras at RM3,156 last year was below the Indians (RM3,799), others (RM3,651) and Chinese (RM4,853).

Dr Shamsul Amri said the EPU statistics side-stepped Hindraf’s allegations that the government had marginalised the Indians, what more, carrying out ‘ethnic cleansing’ of the community.

“They want to have instant international support and recognition. That’s why they use the term “ethnic cleansing” which means genocide … So, what are they saying? You tell me,” he said, questioning the basis of Waythamoorty’s waging an international smear campaign against the government.

Suhakam commissioner and Social Strategic Foundation executive director Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria was quoted as saying that Hindraf leaders would continue with their mission if their demand for the release of five of their leaders detained under ISA was ignored.

Samy Vellu had also called for their release but Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar had replied that the government would not release them.

The question whether Waythamoorthy will be detained, rests with the prime minister who would definitely consider the damage done by him to the country’s image.

Vaithilingam, who believes that the negotiation table is the best way to settle the quagmire, concedes that nobody can achieve 100 per cent of what they want.

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MIC Report Card

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REbranding exercise will be start from performance rating system to evaluate the effectiveness of MIC branches. In addition to the rating system, a people satisfaction Index (PSI) also will be introduced in july, to gather feedback from grassroots.

Interseting part is, Samy vellu said that there is alot of Indian Youngsters were eager to join the party. ANd they aim to recruit 50000 new member.

I read this news in The Star, while reading it, i questioned myself, thus it make any sense or does it called re-branding process?

I don know. But the statement that alot of young people were very eager to join the party… i dont think so… What they meant by young people? those who in middle 30’s and 40’s?

Talking…Talking…Talking… keep on talking… But nothing has Change…

To indian youngsters, dont believe or depend on others. Believe in yourself. Small changes within you can bring a massive changes to the Community. Our Futures not in MIC’s hand/leaders hand, it in our hands, hold it tight and make your first step to start the journey. New Malaysian Indian Journey… You will be that New Malaysian Indian one day. BELIEVE!

Even HINDRAF also start their journey alone, but now we can see how massive is the impacts on our community…. Arise! Awake! stop not till the GOAL is reached!!!

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Uthaya has been denied medication, is it democracy?

 

Today 10.30am, Lawyer N. Surendran filed a fresh habeas corpus on behalf of P. Uthayakumar who is detained under ISA.

According to Malaysiakini reporting, the habeas corpus was filed because Uthaya has been denied medication for his diabetes.

In his affidavit, Uthayakumar said he has been suffering from high blood pressure and sugar, minimal damage to heart, skin disease, ring worm, eye blurring, headaches, dizziness and weakness since he was denied medical treatment.

Malaysiakini also report that Uthaya claims that the camp authorities refuse to admit him into the National Heart Institute (IJN) despite being told by doctors to do so.

Detention without trial already cruel enough, do they need to do like this? Is this they say democracy?

I recommend that our great leaders to go back to school and study again what is democracy about. 

If they commit any wrong doing, then charge them in court. Dont torture them just because they believe in what they are doing and it is a bitter truth for you all to accept. 

One humble request for our so called leaders, dont keep on thinking that public is stupid and they cant do anything against your superior power. 

Remember, peoples power is far more superior than your political powers. I hope that you already got your lesson in last general election. 

Dont spoil this country and peoples dream just because of your egoism. Accept the truth and let the rite and capable person to lead. 

 

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Waytha: Home Minister should resign

Thirukumaran Murugaya│21st Mat 2008

 

Hindraf Chairman P. Waytha Moorthy has urged Home Minister to resign from the cabinet to safeguard the good name and integrity of Malaysian government.

According to Waytha, the statement made by Home Minister is intended to mislead the Malaysian public.

“The statement made by the Home Minister is a blatant lie and deliberately intended to mislead the Malaysian public who were outraged by the action of the Government against me,” he said in a press statement published in www.hindraf.org today.

Waytha also sure that, this is a government desperate move to force him back to Malaysia and arrest him under ISA.

“I do not for a moment doubt that the real intentions of the Government is that upon the revocation the British authorities would deport me back to Malaysia only to be arrested under the ISA,” he add.

Waytha also enclosed a scanned copy of his passport which clearly shows that his passport expires only in October 2010

Waytha’s Scanned Passport Copy

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ALLOW THEM TO FULFILL THEIR KARMA

Hindraf Official Statements

Dear HINDRAF supporters,

I take note of the press statement released to BERNAMA by 2 “civil” members of society namely Rajaratnam of MIYC and Vythilingam MHS.

I have received numerous phone calls over the last 24 hours from supporters throughout Malaysia requesting me to respond to the statements issued by them namely I quote Rajaratnam

“He should return to face the truth. He had gone to the United Nations and Britain. The general election had been held and the Indian community had given their verdict, so he has to come home to correct the situation,” said Rajaratnam.

He said Waythamoorthy should register Hindraf as a legitimate body if it was genuinely championing the rights and interests of the Indian community in the country.

“Now it is time to make peace and continue the struggle in a united society. Since Hindraf already has a voice in parliament, use the opportunity to raise the issues being championed,” he said.

Vythilingam MHS was quoted by BERNAMA as saying

Malaysia Hindu Sangam Association president Datuk A. Vaithilingam said he believed the matter could be resolved at the negotiation table after MIC discussed the issues raised by Hindraf openly.

MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu had called for the release of the Hindraf leaders but Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar responded that the government had no intention of doing that soon.

“This can be solved through discussions. We can ask the Malaysian High Commissioner to Britain to meet Waythamoorthy and discuss Hindraf’s demands,” said Vaithilingam.

However, Vaithilingam said it would be better for Waythamoorthy to return home to resolve the issues.

Since I endeavoured to advocate the rights of the minority Indian community in Malaysia I have learnt that the secret is not to attack our fellow Indians who would be used as “kulis” by the Government to attack me but to concentrate on the ultimate goal. I have always concentrated on that and had stayed focussed. For the matter I have never even attacked the “invincible” Samy Velu.

Therefore I urge all our supporters to remain calm. Those “kulis” are only fulfilling their karma to be faithful to their “paymasters”. So please allow them to complete their karma and let them answer their conscience.

As for me I do not for a moment FEAR return to Malaysia. I do not fear the prison or the torture that are likely to be imposed on me. I have voluntarily gone to prison before. But my presence lobbying International support have definitely created “heat” on the Government and hence the revocation of my passport. I will continue until my fellow brothers are released and would not be distracted by cheap stunts by certain individuals.

Once again I thank you for the concern but urge yourselves not to be distracted as well.

Ours is a long journey for “freedom” and let us stay focussed.

THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES.

P.Waytha Moorthy
18.05.08

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PM admit Religion still a sensitive issue in Malaysia. But, what is the point?

 
May 18, 08 6:26pm
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today admitted that religion continues to be a sensitive issue in this multicultural nation but said he hoped that conflicts could continue to be resolved peacefully.

“Malaysia is fortunate as the people of various races and religions in the country can live in peace and harmony all this while,” Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.

“The constitution guarantees the freedom to practise any faith although Islam remains as the official religion,” Abdullah said in the statement ahead of the Buddhist Wesak Day celebrations on Monday.

“Realising the fact that religious issues are still a sensitive topic, the government has engaged… with various religious groups in the country to better understand their needs while strengthening ties,” he added.

“I really hope through this, we can resolve conflicts or problems peacefully and amicably,” he added.

Increasing polarisation

About 60 percent of Malaysia’s 27 million people are ethnic Malay Muslims. The country’s minority Chinese and Indians are mostly Buddhists, Hindus or Christians.

Malaysia suffered bloody race riots in May 1969 between Malays and the Chinese community, in which hundreds were killed. Since then the country has been largely peaceful.

But recently there have been growing fears over “Islamisation” of the country and the increasing polarisation of the three main ethnic communities.

Many among Malaysia’s ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities believe the government’s economic policy discriminates against them in favour of the Muslim-Malay majority.

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