Five HINDRAF leaders arrested under ISA

Five Hindu Rights Action Force (HINDRAF) leaders were arrested by the Police under provisions of the Internal Security Act (ISA) today. They were picked up almost at the same time.


This came after so many calls made that stern and decisive actions be taken against HINDRAF leaders during these past two weeks for their blatant lies with malicious intent to destabilize inter-racial and inter-faith harmony amongst Malaysians and defame the good name of the country abroad, which include the suspension if not sacking from the Commonwealth.

The Star has the update:

MYT 3:59:19 PM

Five Hindraf leaders detained under ISA

PETALING JAYA: Five Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leaders have been arrested and detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

The five are P. Uthayakumar, M. Manoharan, R. Kenghadharan, V. Ganabatirau and T. Vasanthakumar. They were picked up at various locations in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Seremban.

It is learnt they were detained under Section 8 (1) of the ISA after Internal Security Minister Datuk Seri Abdulah Ahmad Badawi signed their detention order.

Their detention is for two years.

Uthayakumar and two others namely Ganabatirau and P. Waythamoorthy were charged under the Sedition Act on Nov 23 in Klang 23 for allegedly making speeches to incite hatred at a gathering in Batang Berjuntai, Selangor, on Nov 16. Waythamoorthy is currently overseas.

Under Section 73 (1) of the ISA, the police can detain any individual for up to 60 days without a warrant, trial and without access to legal counsel if he was suspected to have “acted or is about to act or is likely to act in any manner prejudicial to the security of Malaysia or any part thereof or to maintenance of essential services therein or to the economic life thereof.”

After 60 days, the Minister of Home Affairs can extend the period of detention without trial for up to two years, without submitting any evidence for review by the courts, by issuing a detention order, which is renewable indefinitely.

Last week, 397 NGOs representing all facets and spectrum of the rakyat within the society converged in Kuala Lumpur to detest the extremism and violence illegal assemblies and street demonstrations. That came after a leading defense lawyer Zainur Zakaria and some Muslim lawyers who called the HINDRAF leaders and activists as ‘extremists militants’ and should be severly dealt with, just like Al Maunah, KMM and the Communist Terrorists. The strong critiscism even drew HRH Sultan Selangor to hit out against HINDRAF.

This morning, the Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi classified the HINDRAF leaders and supporters as “people who no longer love Malaysia”. The arrest is timely.

*An update, as of 7.25pm, Thursday 13 December 2007

This is the report, on the same story:


December 13, 2007 19:08 PM  

Five Behind Unlawful Assemblies Detained Under ISA

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 (Bernama) — Five people who were behind the unlawful assemblies in the federal capital last month — P. Uthayakumar, M. Manoharan, R. Kenghadharan, V. Ganabatirau dan T. Vasanthakumar — were detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) effective Thursday.

Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Mohd Johari Baharom told Bernama that they were detained at several locations in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan this afternoon.

“They can be held for two years for sedition and also for carrying out activities that threaten national security,” he said.

Section 73(1) of the Internal Security Act 1960 empowers the police to arrest without a warrant and detain any individual who they believe can or has endangered security in the country for a period not exceeding 60 days.

After 60 days, the Internal Security Minister can extend the detention without trial for two years or less or free the individual without referring to the courts.

On November 23, Uthayakumar, 46, Ganabatirau, 34, and another organiser of the assemblies, P. Waythamoorthy, 41, were charged in the Klang Sessions Court with uttering seditious words at a gathering in Batang Berjuntai on November 16. All three are lawyers.

On November 25, the five, leading a group which they called the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindu), held an unlawful assembly in Kuala Lumpur and marched to the British High Commission in Jalan Ampang to hand over a petition containing allegations that the Indian community in the country had been sidelined and accusing the Malaysian government of ethnic cleansing.

The police have been monitoring the group, which is not registered, since July 28 when it started to fan racial sentiments among the Indian community by raising hatred for and opposition against the government.

The group’s leaders, who comprise lawyers and senior executives of private companies, are said to have tried to gain support and assistance from “terrorist” groups as well as international assistance from India, Britain, the United States and the United Nations.

Meanwhile, several supporters of the group were seen gathered in front of the main gate of the police headquarters in Bukit Aman since 4pm.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan, in a statement Thursday, said Uthayakumar was detained at his firm at Menara Mutiara, Bangsar, at 2.30pm.

Ganabatirau was detained at the Negeri Sembilan police headquarters at 2.10pm while Vasanthakumar, 34, a senior executive of a public listed company, was detained at a restaurant in Jalan Brickfields at 2pm.

Kenghadharan, 40, a lawyer, was detained in Jalan SS2/55, Petaling Jaya, at 12.30pm and Manoharan, 46, also a lawyer, in Jalan Pantai Baru here at 1.55pm.

Musa said all five had been sent to the Kamunting Detention Camp in Taiping.


Read also Reuters and AP reports on the arrest. Another senior HINDRAF leader, P. Wathyamoorthy has not been arrested yet. He is believed to be still abroad. Wathyamoorthy is the brother of Uthayakumar.

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  1. Apo lambek amek, Pak Lah buek keputusan????

    Dah tontu limo ekor ni kepala banar….patut ditangkap lamo maghin! Dah kono warning pun buleh poiee koliling Malaya laiee buek ceramah dan statement, termasuk buek Police report kek AG dan IGP.

    Gilo ko apo bondo eehh??????

    Ini ado sekor laiee kobau gilo bolum laiee kono!

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