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.

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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 Bernama.com 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.

— BERNAMA

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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Implement the ‘Rule of Law’ on everyone, even on UMNO Youth

Recently, the clampdown against people who organize and participated in illegal assemblies and street demonstrations invited adverse reactions by different groups. Some said the Government should allow the ‘freedom of expression’, as defined by them as part of human rights within the Constitution of the Federation, where else other people vehemently detest these new and upcoming trend of ‘expression of feelings and stance’, especially when it turned violent.

Its provided under the law that assembly without Police permit is unlawful, let alone ‘demonstrations’.

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Some quarters have defined actions done by some UMNO Youth leaders in organising illegal demonstrations against the Israeli Zionist regime and United States of America (being Israeli’s strongest ally, supplier of arms and international ‘defender of policy’) as justified because for almost sixty years the Palestinians have been brutally treated under occupation forces and lived as refugees in lands that were formally their homeland and this is very much the flavour and feeling of the international community.

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The first instance came to mind was the storming over the Police barricade at the KLCC Convention Centre 28 July 2006 when US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice met the ASEAN Foreign Ministers for the invasion and illegal war against Lebanon issue.

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Again, a demonsration was organised infront of the Myanmarese Embassy, in protest of the crackdown against protesting monks.

Bernama.com has the story:

December 11, 2007 22:48 PM

 

Demos By Umno Youth And Hindraf Have Nothing In Common

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) — Attempts by certain people to equate the demonstration by the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) with efforts by Umno to stand for the rights of Palestinians are difficult to be accepted because the gap in their struggles is very wide, like between the earth and the sky.

The public may still remember when Umno Youth vice chief Khairy Jamaluddin and 10,000 other Malaysians of various religions stood together in a wave of anger towards the United States (US) for defending Israel that openly murdered the Lebanese and Palestinians.

The rally on July 28 last year in this capital city, initiated by Umno Youth, finally managed to hand over a memorandum to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who was here for the Asean Regional Forum (ARF) at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, calling for the world power to broker a ceasefire to end the Israeli military campaign.

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) senior lecturer Dr Siva Murugan said the demonstration by Umno, participated by people of various races and religions, was a genuine global struggle compared to the one by Hindraf that was desperate in trying to champion its personal interest.

“The issues fought for by Umno Youth and Hindraf are far different. It is clear to the people that both have different ideologies though in principle, they voice out oppression against a particular race,” he said.

Dr Siva said Hindraf actually tried to cloud the eyes of the Malaysian people by saying that it was fighting for the Indians in the country to the extent that it was willing to use violent means including “battling its own people and authorities.”

“Peaceful demonstrations are not something new in the country and often allowed by the authorities. The issue now is Hindraf has exceeded the line by disrupting public order and challenging the authorities,” he said.

He said an assembly bent on radicalism and extremism should not be accepted by the people in the country.

“It is not our way. It is not our culture. I agree with the government’s firmness on Hindraf who tries to promote violent demonstrations,” he said.

Dr Siva said Hindraf was not only challenging the law of the land but also other principles enshrined in the Federal Constitution including by questioning Malay privileges and trying to challenge the Malay rulers institution.

Malaysian Association for Community Development president Norizan Shariff said the demonstrations by Umno Youth and Hindraf had nothing in common.

The one by Umno Youth, he said, was the only way to protest against the Israeli aggression after international powers refused to prevent Israel from year to year from murdering more Palestinians.

“There are two things completely different. Umno Youth tried to stop the aggression in Palestine when the world saw Israel attempted to commit ethnic cleansing at rampant.

“It (Palestine) required assistance after no help came from the international community. Because there was no platform to voice the issue out, it was channelled through a demonstration in Malaysia and other places as well,” he said.

On the other hand, Hindraf deliberately created issues and had their own agendas, he said.

“In Hindraf’s context, all their allegations are more of a claim that has yet to be proven,” he said. In fact, MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu also disputed Hindraf’s accusations, he said.

Norizan said Hindraf leaders had adopted a wrong strategy by staging a demonstration which clearly showed it was not sincere in its struggle and drew criticisms from the majority of people in the country.

“They did not meet members of the government first. Instead, after staging the demonstration and breaking the law, only then they wanted to meet the government,” he said.

On Hindraf’s allegation that the government had violated the people’s basic rights by disallowing public assemblies, Norizan said: “No one has denied them the freedom to assemble but only if it does not make the people worry.

“If they say their basic rights have been violated when their assembly have been disallowed, what about the rights of others who are disturbed by their actions at the assembly?” he asked.

— BERNAMA

 

 

Two wrongs will not make it right. We cannot ‘correct’ or ‘try to correct’ something is wrong by doing something wrongful.

Thus actions should be taken against UMNO Youth Deputy Head Khairy Jamaluddin (who was formerly Deputy Chief Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister) and others who participated in ‘the storming over the Police barricade’, if they had violated the law, just like any other citizens. This is in the spirit of ‘Rule of Law’.

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No one is and can be above the law, whether lawyers or family of people in power. That include HRH Rulers.

This is also in tandem with Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s call for ‘not sacrificing accountability to greater public and political fairness’, recently:

December 10, 2007 17:08 PM  

I Will Not Sacrifice Accountability To Greater Public – Abdullah

 

PUTRAJAYA, Dec 10 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Monday said he would not sacrifice his sense of accountability to the greater public, especially in the face of police intelligence about planned fighting or other violent intents.

“If the choice is between public safety and public freedom, I do not hesitate to say here that public safety will always win,” the prime minister said.

“Malaysians must never, ever, take their peace for granted and they must continue to be responsible to each other,” he said at the Khazanah Global Lecture Series at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC), here.

He said responsibility, particularly to each other, as an integral value of the nation, was as important today as it was in 1957 or 1969.

“If we are to evolve into a society that can peacefully live with media freedom, public debates or public show of expression, the value and the burden of responsibility must lie with the ordinary people, not just with those who manage the country,” he said.

The lecture was organised by Khazanah, the government’s investment arm, and moderated by Bernama chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Annuar Zaini.

“In this age of relative affluence and stability, we sometimes forget that there are many groups within the country — each with their own set of demands, each with their own set of sensitivities.

“These differences are very real, yet we do not descend into sheer unmitigated chaos. Why? Because I think there are enough of us who do not forget, who know and remember our complexities,” said Abdullah.

“Those who do not forget understand that our situation demands balance, conscientiousness, and a sense of accountability to the whole (society) rather than to a few.

“For me, this characterises a true Malaysian. A true Malaysian understands very well the impact of careless words and actions. A true Malaysian is acutely aware of who will be provoked into retaliation and who will actually suffer the consequences.

“Because of this, a true Malaysian will try to be judicious in word and deed, even when striving for change,” he said.

Fairness, responsibility and self-belief were the three values that had dominated Malaysia for 50 years as a nation and these would continue to shape the nation in the next 50 years, said Abdullah from his observation being in the public service for over four decades.

He said political fairness could be seen in the practice of power-sharing where all the major races were represented in government via a seat-sharing formula set up by the ruling coalition.

“All groups literally have a seat at the table — the Cabinet meeting table. Issues and concerns are discussed and addressed, often behind closed doors, to reach consensus, where no one is out-voted by the majority; where the rights of every group are protected and safeguarded.”

He said there was consensus on having cultural fairness, and added: “We, each of us, are a thread making up a larger design but if we look closely enough, we will see that each thread still retains its own quality.”

The country’s pursuit of economic fairness continued today, for example, in the approach of corridor development underlined by the same basic principles, which were to eradicate poverty and to provide people with the opportunity to better their lives through employment, business and education, he said.

Abdullah said government’s efforts to eradicate poverty, regardless of race, and eliminating the identification of ethnicity with economic function were now regarded as visionary and far-sighted, as socio-economic disparities widened throughout the world and posed a grave threat to global peace and stability.

“In self-belief, many of the doctrines and measures the country has undertaken fly in the face of popular thinking, from the National Economic Policy to capital controls during the Asian financial crisis.

“We held fast through the massive criticisms and doubts, and this trust in ourselves has paid off,” he said.

“Fairness, responsibility and self-belief were the values that guaranteed sustained unity and continued progress.

“So let us begin with fairness, responsibility and self-belief. Let us understand and appreciate the meaning of these values and start upholding them together. Everyone — leaders, political parties, companies, NGOs, people from all walks of life.

“Let us start building our hearts and minds as we enter into our next 50 years as a nation.”

Abdullah also touched on the country’s success this year, including the launching of two new growth corridors — the Northern Corridor Economic Region and East Coast Economic Region — as well as the education blueprint and the strategic plan on higher education.

Others include the establishment of Permudah, a government-private sector task force to facilitate business, review of salaries in the civil service and sending the first Malaysian into space.

On the economic front, this year saw the stock market reaching record highs with market capitalisation breaking the RM1 trillion mark and international trade of goods and services also exceeding RM1 trillion.

“We should continue to drive the economy towards higher-value sectors and activities, upgrade our education system, and reduce inequalities in income and opportunity.

“We should continue to improve the quality of life, and the effectiveness and performance of our public institutions, from the civil service to the judiciary.

“If Malaysians stay committed to this course, they can only grow stronger in the eyes of the world,” he said.

“However, I think there is something more that we must have, not only to rise in the eyes of the world but also in our own people’s eyes. We should not only think of what the country should do, but what the country should be,” he added before deliberating on the three values.

Also present were his wife Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah, Raja Muda of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, Raja Puan Besar Perak Tuanku Zara Salim, Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop and Bank Negara Governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz.

This is the fourth global lecture series organised by Khazanah, and previous speakers included former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and founder of Grameen Bank in Bangladash Dr Muhammad Yunus.

There was a video presentation of messages from some of the local university students, including their expectations in a peaceful and progressive nation in the next 50 years, before the lecture began.

In response, Abdullah said their dreams and aspirations were his vision.

The prime minister hoped that with the bigger capacity of knowledge they possessed, they could make a bigger contribution to the nation in the future.

— BERNAMA

There are other ways of doing the right thing, even against people like Zionist Israelis and their backers, the American. At least, then the newly appointed British envoy Boyd McLeary was willing ‘to be engaged’ in a healthy close debate in early September last year.

On another note, “BERSATU MALAYSIA” will be launched this morning at UMNO Head Quarters to call for the uphold of unity, harmony and stability and detest street and violent demonstrations which will threaten public order and security, inter ethnic and faith good relationships. The declaration is expected to be handed over to the Prime Minister.

*An update as of 12.45pm Thursday, 13 December 2007

The new NGO Damai Malaysia: Gabungan NGO Prihatin, which managed to get 397 different NGOs representing all the major ethnic groups and interests converged and jointly detested illegal assemblies and violent demonstrations and called for the Government and authorities to act strongly against the law defiants, this morning handed over the Damai Malaysia Declaration to the Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at TUDM Subang.

In response, Prime Minister Abdullah called the people Damai Malaysia complained and referred about as “People who do not love their country”.

Bernama.com has the story:


December 13, 2007 11:35 AM  

They Don’t Love The Nation, Says Abdullah

PETALING JAYA, Dec 13 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Thursday that those who defame the country overseas are people who do not love their country.

“The people are also angry at those who go overseas to seek support and cook up baseless allegations.

“Actually they don’t love the country, they only hunger for power and don’t care about what happens to the country,” he told reporters after receiving a memorandum from the Damai Malaysia group opposing street demonstrations in the country.

Abdullah said that those who were obsessed with their views did not care about the consequences of their acts.

“We are the ones who have to face everything. We have to defend the peace and well-being of the people,” he said.

Damai Malaysia, a group of caring Malaysian non-governmental organisations (NGOs), submitted the five-page memorandum from 395 NGOs which jointly rejected street demonstrations and called on the government to take stern action against the culprits.

Abdullah said the country had become developed and successful based on the practice of democracy which respected and upheld the law and constitution.

Malaysia still gave the people the freedom to voice their opinions, including in the mass media, he said.

“If this freedom is used in an irresponsible manner, the people will suffer,” he added.

He said that as a result of the recent street demonstrations, various sectors, especially the tourism and business sectors, had suffered losses.

He had been informed that hotels in the Bukit Bintang area had received 10 per cent cancellations of room reservations because of these demonstrations.

“If already 10 per cent of the bookings are cancelled, it’s a loss to the hotels. Besides, I believe that the tour agencies and tour bus operators have also received cancellations,” he said.

The memorandum submitted by Damai Malaysia coordinating chairman Mohd Saiful Adil Mohd Daud contained a declaration condemning the organisation of any street demonstrations and rejecting discussions on sensitive issues like race and religion through this means.

The declaration also condemned certain parties which resort to fraud, defamation and sedition to get the support of foreign countries and powers to interfere in Malaysia’s internal affairs.

Among the 395 NGOs in Damai Malaysia are the Federation of Peninsular Malay Students (GPMS), Malaysian Association of Youth Clubs, Felda Youth Council Malaysia, Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia and the United Indian Welfare Organisation.

— BERNAMA

*Photo was uploaded from Rocky’s Bru

 

 

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Daulat Tuanku and unweathering pledge of allegiance

Yesterday, Tuesday 11 December 2007 was HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, the Sultan of Selangor’s official 62nd birthday celebrations. It was a public holiday for the state of Selangor, the most populous and developed state in Malaysia.

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HRH Sultan Sharafuddin who was actually born on 24 December 1945 at Istana Jemaah, Klang ascended to the throne of the Selangor monarchy on 21 November 2001, after the passing of his father, HM Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Hishamuddin Alam Shah in Kuala Lumpur, at that time the XI Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong.

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He is an avid sportsman, who ventured into global sailing (1995-1996) in his yacht, “Jugra” and participated in the much acclaimed 16,000km “Peking to Paris Challenge” in 1997. He is also the Captain-in-Chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy and was in LIMA ’07 recently at the ceremony to name the fourth new generation patrol vessel (NPV). KD Terengganu by HM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong.

Recently HRH Sultan Sharafuddin made a stern call against the extremist militant group HINDRAF. In August, he reminded that the national day celebrations should not be unduly politicised.

The Star has the story on who will be accorded and invested with the state highest awards in commemoration of this birthday celebrations, which include some noted elder Malaysians who have immensely contributed in the field of social and humanitarian in the State:


PM’s wife leads list of award recipients

KUALA LUMPUR: Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah will be awarded the Darjah Kebesaran Seri Paduka Mahkota Selangor (SPMS) in conjunction with the 62nd birthday of the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

The award carries the title Datuk Seri or Datin Paduka Seri for women.

The other recipient of the SPMS is a member of the Selangor royalty, Raja Datuk Arshad Raja Tun Uda.

Subang Jaya consultant cardiologist Datuk Dr Haji Anuar Masduki and Ampang

Umno division head Datuk Mufti Suib will be conferred the Darjah Kebesaran Datuk Setia (SSIS) and which carries the title Datuk Setia.

Royal Selangor International Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Yong Poh Kon is among 15 people who will be conferred the Darjah Kebesaran Datuk Paduka Mahkota Selangor (DPMS) which carries the title Datuk.


Also receiving the DPMS is Education Ministry parliamentary secretary P. Komala Devi and Senator Lee Sing Chooi.

Fifteen people will receive the Darjah Kebesaran Datuk (DSIS) which carries the title Datuk or Datin Paduka for women.

Among them are president of the Pure Life Society orphanage Mother S. Mangalam, Irish nun Sister Ryan Ellen Philomena @ Sister Enda, who set up the Assunta School,

and Journal Malaysian branch of the Royal Asiatic Society historian John Michael Gullick.

The Star’s head of crime desk journalist Lourdes Joseph Charles will also receive the Darjah Kebesaran Ahli Mahkota Selangor (AMS) along with 14 others.

Fourteen individuals will be conferred the Setia Mahkota Selangor (SMS), 14 the Darjah Kebesaran Setia (SIS), 15 the Darjah Kebesaran Ahli (AIS) and seven the Bintang Perkhidmatan Cemerlang (BPC).

This blog had waited twenty four hours and observed around the bloggosphere for bloggers to wish HRH Sultan Sharafuddin a sincere birthday gesture to commemorate, if not pledge loyalty and allegiance. However, non avail.

This blog noticed that some usage of the word “Daulat Tuanku” were used by some people, especially here in bloggosphere, when their political aspiration is very much hoped for and/or perceived to be ‘entertained’ and given the due ‘perkenan‘ by HRHs. Otherwise, they would not even bother about the HRHs at all, far out from using the phrase “Daulat Tuanku” whenever appropriate, like yesterday’s official celebrations or the swearing in and coronation of the XIII Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong in April.

So now some intellectual Malaysians chose to ‘prostitute’ the exalted position of HRHs, for the own narrow political aspirations and considerations, especially as his humble rakyat, pick and choose when it’s the right moment and opportunity to use the phrase ‘Daulat Tuanku’?

That is so inappropriate, inept and self centred!

Allegiance to HRHs should be consistent, as per the second principle of Rukunegara.

Patik patik sekelian hamba rakyat yang taat setia bernaung dibawah payung pemerintahan DYMM Tuanku merafak sembah mendoakan DYMM Tuanku sihat sejahtera.

Dirgahayu dan Daulat Tuanku

Published in: on December 12, 2007 at 09:23  Comments (1)  

Anwar questioned upon arrival and Opposition leaders arrested, in front of Parliament

Former Deputy Prime Minister and PKR “Adviser” Anwar Ibrahim was questioned by senior immigration officials for 30 minutes upon returning to Malaysia from abroad. He was said to be on the ‘blacklisted’ list. This came after he made a call for HINDRAF’s right whilst in India and recorded on a media from India, which invited so many strong criticism.

On another note, 29 Oppositions leaders and supporters defiant of law were arrested this morning at the gates of the Parliament for participating in an illegal assembly in support for the recent Opposition’s marionette-staged November 10 and malicious intent HINDRAF illegal assembly and street demonstrations. Amongst arrested were PKR Information Chief Tien Chua, PKR strongman Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, former PAS Women Wing Head Dr. Lo’Lo Ghazali and PAS Supreme Council member Dr. Hatta Ramli.

Bernama.com has the story:

December 11, 2007 14:13 PM

 

Police Break Up Unlawful Assembly, Arrest Opposition Leaders

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) — Police today dispersed a crowd of supporters of the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih), masterminded by opposition parties, who defied a restraining order against them from gathering at the Parliament House.

In the move, police arrested 12 people at several locations near the area including Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) information chief Tian Chua who managed to sneak passed a police roadblock at the main access to the Parliament House.

A man, who was with Tian Chua in a car, was also arrested.

Police said they also arrested PKR secretary-general Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim and Pas central committee member Dr Lo’Lo’ Mohd Ghazali.

Police personnel, including from the Federal Reserve Unit, were stationed at several locations near the Parliament House this morning and they inspected vehicles heading towards the Parliament House’s main entrance.

Dang Wangi OCPD ACP Zulkarnain Abdul Rahman told reporters that the police had to arrest several people who took part in the illegal assembly from 9am after they showed stubbornness to enter the Parliament House compound.

Yesterday, the Kuala Lumpur police obtained a court order to stop Bersih supporters from gathering at the Parliament House supposedly to deliver a memorandum against a constitutional amendment today.

— BERNAMA

 

 

Reuters also has the story. Also read Yahoo.com.my .

The trend and practice on Malaysians defiance of law has also caught the attention of HRHs Rulers. So many Malaysians from all walks of life expressed their dissatisfaction on these people who understand and even pratice but vehemently refused to respect the law.

 *An update as at Tuesday, 12 December 1.00am

This was Bernama.com’s report on the story, released at 1.00am, 12 December:

 

December 12, 2007 01:07 AM

 

Senior Opposition Leaders Among 29 Arrested For Illegal Assembly

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) — The police have arrested 29 people, including Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) secretary-general Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and PKR information chief Tian Chua, for gathering illegally in front of the Parliament building here today.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Ismail Omar, when contacted by Bernama, confirmed the arrests.

He said those arrested were from opposition parties and non-governmental organisations and that they had defied a court order prohibiting the illegal assembly.

Among the others arrested were PAS treasurer Mohd Hatta Ramli and PAS central committee member Dr Lo’Lo Ghazali.

Meanwhile, five more representatives of opposition leaders and NGOs headed by PAS elections director Datuk Mustafa Ali were also arrested after they entered Parliament House without permission to hand over a memorandum to members of parliament calling for the rejection of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2007 which extends by one year to 66 years the retirement age of members of the Election Commission (EC).

Others were Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) executive director Yap Swee Seng, a member of the Writers Alliance of Media Independence Wong Chin Huat, founder of Community Communication Centre Mein Lor, and Centre for Independent Journalism executive director V. Gayathry.

They were also among those who participated in an illegal gathering organised by the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) in the federal capital on Nov 10.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz, when asked about the matter, said the police had the right to arrest anyone within the compound of Parliament if they were found to be a threat to security.

He said that the group which entered the Parliament building had been given entry passes and were the guests of Salahuddin Ayub (PAS-Kubang Kerian) but they were found to have intruded into Parliament’s security zone and insisted on handing over the memorandum.

Nazri said the group had also failed to inform him, as minister in charge of Parliament, about their real intention in going into the august house.

The four of them, who were arrested at 1pm in front of the main entrance to Parliament House, did not put up a struggle when they were placed under arrest by policemen in mufti.

However, Mustafa, a former member of parliament, who was arrested 45 minutes later while he was exiting the Parliament building, was seen struggling with and shoving the policemen before he was arrested and taken away in a van.

Among the opposition members of parliament who were with Mustafa and who were seen objecting to the police action were Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang, M.Kulasegaran (DAP-Ipoh Timur), Teresa Kok (DAP-Seputeh) and Chong Eng (DAP-Bukit Mertajam).

The memorandum was in relation to the Dewan Rakyat sitting today to approve the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2007.

The bill was passed by a majority of 189 votes.

Those arrested were taken to the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters to have their statements recorded.

They were released in stages from noon to night.

Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department Deputy Director I Datuk Acryl Sani, when contacted, said they were released unconditionally with police bail for a week.

“They will be charged in court next Tuesday,” he said.

Last night, the police obtained a court order to stop Bersih supporters from gathering at the Parliament building to hand over the memorandum.

Following the gathering, several roads around the federal capital experienced massive traffic jams this morning, including the road from Selayang heading here as well as Jalan Kuching, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Dato Onn, Jalan Maharajalela, Jalan Pudu and Jalan Sungai Besi.

— BERNAMA

 

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IGP: Police is going by the book and recommend defiant lawyers be disbarred

The Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said the Police will be doing it by the book, in handling the most recent cases involving illegal assemblies, street demonstrations and disturbance of public order. He was specifically referring to the Hindu Rights Action Force case.

Although the Police is provided by law with more decisive tools to sternly act handle issues pertaining to ‘national security’ such as the Internal Security Act, however at this point of time, he said that the more conventional methods of dealing with people who are defiant of law with be employed.

He said this when asked by reporters in response by so many calls by different quarters urging the authorities to make decisive decisions and act sternly, including HRH Sultan of Selangor, against people who are defiant of laws. HRH Raja Muda of Perak, who recently had been the iconic symbol of Ruler by the people who propagate civil society and affluent Malaysians, urged the Malaysian public to respect the law and the Police.

The Star has the report:

IGP: Hindraf probe completed and enough evidence to proceed

JOHOR BARU: More Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leaders are expected to be arrested and charged in court soon.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said police had wrapped up their investigations that would be sufficient for court action against the leaders.

“We will not go soft on parties who want to threaten the nation’s peace and stability,” he said, adding that police would take more drastic measures should the security situation worsen.

Commenting on recent illegal rallies, Musa told newsmen there were signs that the situation could worsen but police would only use the Internal Security Act as a last resort.

“We expect to make more arrests,” he said, adding that only two rally leaders had been detained so far.

Musa, who was in the city to get vew the flood situation, said the recent illegal rallies could be due to the upcoming general elections.

“These people have proper channels to convey their intentions.

“For example, Bersih met the Election Commission which agreed to their demands. So I don’t understand why they should conduct illegal rallies,” he said.

Musa said the situation could be the worst in history if precautionary measures were not taken.

“We don’t want another black mark in our country’s history. Certain precautionary measures should be taken before the worst happens,” he said.

He said he would recommend to the Bar Council that certain lawyers who were charged and found guilty of participating in illegal rallies be barred from practising law.

Tan Sri Musa will be recommending to the Bar Council for lawyers who are defiant of law, such as participating in illegal assemblies and street demonstrations be barred from practising law. This is most appropriate considering that lawyers under the process of enaction, implemention/enforcement and legal proceedings in the courts but still make the choice to be defiant against any law.

On the same note, blogger and DAP member Jeff Ooi was called by the Police for his statements to be recorded, after three Indian Muslim organizations made Police report against what Ooi said at the interview on international cable news channel Al Jazeera on the 10 November 2007 illegal assembly and march, which was planned and staged for the Oppositions.

The Star has this story:

Cops question blogger Jeff Ooi

KUALA LUMPUR: Blogger Jeff Ooi was questioned by the police for about two hours over his remarks in an interview on Al-Jazeera news channel last month.

He was questioned at the Federal Commercial Crimes Department at Bukit Perdana following a police report lodged by an unidentified person against him on Nov 19.

The report alleged that Ooi tarnished the country’s image and caused racial tension with his statements in the Nov 10 interview pertaining to a protest organised by Bersih, a coalition of opposition parties and non-governmental organisations.

The interview was subsequently broadcast on YouTube since Nov 10.

Ooi was accompanied by three lawyers and arrived at the police headquarters at 1.30pm to record his statement and left at 3.15pm.

Three other police reports were lodged against Ooi on Nov 17.

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*Photo is taken from AlliedMarsters’s

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DPM Najib brought progress and changes to FELDA families

Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak announced more new initiatives to upgrade the lives of FELDA families; the second or third generation from the structured land development scheme which was launched in the 50s, to alleviate the lives of rural folk in Malaya. He said this at the awards ceremony to the second annual FELDA Youth Awards in Putrajaya International Convention Centre, where over 3,000 FELDA youth participants from all over the country converged.

The theme of this year’s awards program is “Mengangkasakan minda meneroka era baru“. The title is self explanatory.

Since Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak was given the Cabinet portfolio of FELDA, he has had 32 progressive changes and modifications on the land development scheme, FELDA which encompass the lives of over 112,000 families and one million Malaysians.

Some 20,000 FELDA youths have been trained for various skills and entrepreneurial programs. Today, more programs have been announced. He described the second and third generation of FELDA settlers are “mind settlers” and no longer like their fathers or grandfathers, who were “jungle/estate settlers”.

Bernama.com has the story:

December 10, 2007 16:31 PM

Eight Initiatives To Shape Felda Youths

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PUTRAJAYA, Dec 10 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Monday announced eight initiatives to shape youths of Felda schemes into a new generation of people.

The deputy prime minister said the initiatives would mould the youths into a generation of healthy, educated, trained and business-savvy people.

Najib, who is in charge of Felda affairs and development, said the first initiative involved sports development in Felda schemes, including the construction of community sports complexes or futsal courts, to promote good health.

Under the second initiative, the new generation would be encouraged to engage in business and become entrepreneurs, he said at the opening of the Felda convention and presentation of Felda youth awards at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre, here.

Najib said loans would be provided under the Felda Entrepreneurs Incentive Scheme, the annual ceiling of which has been raised by RM5 million to RM15 million.

The incentive scheme has been allocated a revolving fund of RM100 million, of which RM73.3 million has been approved for disbursement to 4,801 entrepreneurs, he said.

He also said that the “Tunas Mekar” programme run by Felda and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) would be upgraded, with graduates of the programme given a monthly allowance of RM1,000 and trained for 10 months at the industry of their choice.

Companies of Felda Holdings would be made to participate in the training programme to enable more children of Felda settlers to benefit from it, he added.

Najib said the third initiative involved the provision of housing. The government has built and was constructing five medium-cost and low-cost housing projects in the Bukit Goh, Mempaga, Lepar Hilir and Keratong Felda schemes in Pahang and the Pasak Felda scheme in Johor.

He said the government would make available a hire-purchase scheme that would be managed by Felda. “More such housing projects will be implemented in stages in strategic locations in line with our desire to urbanise the Felda schemes,” he added.

The fourth, fifth and sixth initiatives relate to the education of Felda youths, involving their pursuit of diploma programmes, sending excellent students from among the youths to leading universities overseas, and integrated colleges managed by the Felda Foundation to provide the youths with industrial training.

Najib said the seventh initiative involved training children of Felda settlers in various skills at 65 training centres in the country, including at Malaysia Airlines as aircraft maintenance engineers.

A sum of RM50 million has been allocated for this initiative next year.

The eighth initiative involved assisting in the management of 317 Felda youth associations with an allocation of RM1,000 for each association per year, he said.

— BERNAMA

 

 

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Stop talking and do something, please!

PKR Information Chief and former PKN Vice President Tian Chua and PAS Vice President Mat Sabu were arrested earlier today, in connection with their explicit and strategic involvement in the November 10 illegal assembly and demonstration, originally planned from Dataran Merdeka to Istana Negara. It was understood that they would be charged for violating section 27(5) of the Police Act for unlawful assembly.

Earlier today, some lawyers and activists, which include PKR Vice President R. Sivarasah, PKR Supreme Council member Latheefa Koya, Edmund Bon and Haris Ibrahim were also arrested cited under the same law, for illegal assembly charges as well.

This was Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s response on the arrest of some lawyers this morning at the “Freedom of Rights” walk, especially after Bar Council has been denied a Police permit few days ago, as reported by Bernama.com:

December 09, 2007 17:57 PM

 

No Double Standard In Enforcing The Law On Law Breakers – Abdullah

PETALING JAYA, Dec 9 (Bernama) — The Government does not practise double standard when taking action on law breakers even if they are lawyers, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Sunday.

“Even today I’ve been informed that police have arrested eight people (including four lawyers). Even though they are lawyers, if they break the law, definitely action will be taken against them.

“There is no favouritism whatsoever on this matter,” he told reporters after giving away prizes to golfers participating in the MasterCard-ntv7 Platinum Golf Masters 2007 Charity Grand Finals at Saujana Golf Club in Subang, near here.

Abdullah, who is also Internal Security Minister, was responding to reporters’ questions on the arrests of four lawyers and four activists at Jalan Tun Perak in Kuala Lumpur this morning for participating in an illegal march.

A group of 50 people, including lawyers, activists, bloggers and members of non-governmental organisations, wearing surgical masks, staged a “Peace Walk” to mark World Human Rights Day tomorrow.

They had earlier gathered in front of the Sogo Shopping Complex before walking through the busy Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman to the Bar Council building at Jalan Raja, about 2km away.

The group has not only violated the law for not having a police permit to hold an illegal assembly, they have also snubbed the Bar Council’s decision to cancel the assembly very much earlier.

Abdullah said the police took appropriate action in tackling today’s illegal assembly as the participants had defied the law,

“They did not obey the law, they still want to protest and they acted in defiance of the law. Definitely, the police have to take action in accordance with the law,” he said.

The Prime Minister said anti-government actions and defiance of the law must stop as they were of no benefit to the country and the people.

“They are not our culture. These are not the ways we should emulate,” he said.

Asked on the Indian government’s move to steer clear from the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), Abdullah said he appreciated very much the Indian government’s stand.

The Prime Minister said Malaysia enjoyed cordial relations with India based on mutual respect between two friendly and sovereign nations.

“Furthermore, it is based on the understanding that a country’s domestic problem is the sovereign right of that country to take action in accordance with the rule of law and constitutional provisions.

“Therefore, I appreciate very much the Indian government’s stand,” he added.

Earlier, Abdullah received donations totalling RM500,000 from the charity golf tournament for the Taman Bakti Children’s Home in Kepala Batas and the Mentally Retarded Children’s Welfare Association in Seberang Prai Tengah.

Abdullah is the Member of Parliament for Kepala Batas.

— BERNAMA


What is so baffling, why the authorities, namely the Police took 30 days to arrest them, if they clearly defied the law and grounds to charge them in a criminal court?

It goes for the Batu Burok illegal assembly and recently, the HINDRAF organised event which saw protesters clashed with riot Police. So many ruling party politicians, which include Cabinet Ministers already urging the authorities to make swift and stern decision and act on these law defiants, to the limit of the law.

Why is the Government gone SO SOFT and SLOW, in handling the cases of illegal assemblies and street demonstrations lately? Is it the Police or the Minister in charge of the Police and internal security matters who are slacking and dragging their feet in making decision on the handling on this matter?

Enough talk and rhetorics! Enough statements! Do something! Please….

 

*An update as of 3.00pm Monday, 10 December 2007: Correction. Lawyer Haris Ibrahim was not arrested during or after the “Freedom of Rights” march yesterday

*A further update as of 10.30pm Monday, 10 December 2007:

More on the “Freedom of Rights”  marchers who were arrested on Sunday morning, for defiant of law. All eight pleaded not guilty when charged at the Session Court today participating in an unlawful assembly under section 143 of the Penal Code and an alternate charge violating section 27(5) of the Police Act.

December 10, 2007 20:12 PM

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By M. Santhiran

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 (Bernama) — Four lawyers and four activists pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here today to two charges of being in an unlawful assembly and failing to adhere to police orders to disperse.

They were alleged to have participated in yesterday’s “People’s Freedom Walk” in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

Lawyers Amer Hamzah Arshad, Latheefa Beebi Koya, N. Surendran and K. Sivarasa and activists Eric Paulsen, Johny Andu @ Abu Bakar Adnan, Nooraza Othman and Ashraf Ali Sadakathullah also claimed trial to two alternative charges of taking part in the illegal assembly and failing to adhere to police orders to disperse.

They allegedly committed the offences in front of the Kamdar building in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman between 8.10am and 8.50am yesterday.

On the first count of being in an unlawful assembly, the eight were charged under section 143 of the Penal Code. If convicted, they face a term of up to six months imprisonment or fine, or both.

They also face an alternative charge under section 27(5)(a) of the Police Act 1967 of taking part in an illegal assembly which carries a fine of between RM2,000 and RM10,000 or a year’s jail.

The second charge under section 145 of the Penal Code accuses the eight of continuing to be in an unlawful assembly, knowing that the police had commanded them to disperse.

If convicted, they can be jailed up to two years or fined, or both.

They also face an alternative charge of being members of an unlawful assembly and failing to adhere to an order by Supt Che Hamzah Che Ismail to disperse.

In the same court, lawyer Edmund Bon Tai Soon, 33, claimed trial to obstructing a Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) enforcement officer from removing a banner in front of the Bar Council office in Jalan Lebuh Pasar at about 12.15pm yesterday.

Bon, the Bar Council’s human rights committee chairman, had allegedly committed the offence under Section 186 of the Penal Code and faces up to three years in jail or a maximum fine of RM1,000, or both, if convicted.

Attorney-General Tan Sri Gani Patail urged the court to deny them bail as the offences were non-bailable or compoundable.

He said the eight had committed a serious offence and urged the court to take a serious view of the case as such illegal assemblies might escalate, resulting in public disorder.

“They may argue that it is not a serious offence but the prosecution will prove that their actions may lead to public disorder and more unlawful assemblies,” he said.

At this juncture, laughter broke out in the courtroom, which was packed mostly with lawyers, prompting Gani to tell the court that this was no laughing matter as it involved national security.

Gani pointed out that the walk itself was not sanctioned by the Bar Council and that the prosecution had video evidence to prove that children were also present during the demonstration.

He argued that the demonstrators had clearly showed their defiance when police repeatedly ordered them to disperse.

On Bon’s case, Gani said it was a serious offence for anyone to obstruct a public servant from discharging his duty.

He said that in this case, the DBKL officer had just removed a banner tied between two trees, in front the Bar Council’s premises.

Gani proposed that if the court decided to grant bail to the accused, the bail should also state that they refrain from taking part in any unlawful assembly, until the case was over.

P. Puravelan, lead counsel for the eight, said the issue of bail was merely to ensure their attendance in court and denying them bail was tantamount to punishing them before the trial even started.

“The AG is just speculating that there will be more street demonstrations,” he said, adding that the “People’s Freedom Walk” was not a demonstration against the government.

He said the Bar Council had been organising the event for the past two years in conjunction with Human Rights Day.

“Even Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk M. Kayveas, had attended the event.”

Another counsel, K. Ragunath, said the burden was on the prosecution to prove why the court should deny bail.

Another counsel, Tommy Thomas, questioned how a gathering of about 100 people could pose a threat to national security.

The fundamental liberty of each citizen of this country was protected under the Federal Constitution, he said, adding that the court should grant bail to all the accused.

Judge S. M. Komathy allowed bail of RM2,000 in one surety and fixed hearing for four days, beginning Jan 28.

For Bon, the judge imposed bail of RM1,000 in one surety and fixed hearing for March 3-5.

All posted bail.

— BERNAMA

 

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Eight arrested near Bar Council for defying a ban on illegal march

Despite Bar Council’s failure to obtain a Police permit, as provided under Section 27(5) of the Police Act for the planned “Festival of Rights” walk this morning, some lawyers, activists and supporters for the call to abolish restrictions on marchers without permit staged the walk on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur.

Four lawyers and four activists, which include PKR politicians R. Sivarasah and Latheefa Koya and Amir Hamzah were arrested by the Dang Wangi Police in front of the Bar Council office for defying the ban and contravene the Police Act.

Bernama.com has the story:

December 09, 2007 10:54 AM

 

4 Lawyers, 4 Activists Held For Participating In Illegal March

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 9 (Bernama) — Police detained four lawyers and four activists for taking part in an illegal march at Jalan Tun Perak here this morning.

They started the march from the Sogo Shopping Complex at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman to the Bar Council building at Jalan Raja here.

Dang Wangi Deputy OCPD Supt Che Hamzah Che Ismail said they were arrested under Section 27 (5) of the Police Act 1967 for illegal assembly.

He said the lawyers and activists were taken to the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters for questioning.

“The organiser did not apply for a police permit to hold an assembly. The lawyers and activists also defied police orders to disperse,” he told reporters.

— MORE

Amongst the lawyers arrested was Edmund Bon, Ahirudin “Rocky” Attan’s defence lawyer in the sue by NTSP, Dato’ Kalimullah “Riong Kali” Hassan, Brenden Pereira, Dato’ Hishamuddin Aun and Syed Feisal Al Bar. Bon was also played an instrumental role for the illegal assembly and march of 26 September 2007 Bar Council’s “Walk for Justice” from the Palace of Justice to The Prime Minister’s Office, Perdana Putra, in Putrajaya.

Despite the lawyers and marchers understand the law, process of making and enforcing law, which is enshrined within the Constitution of Federation of Malaysia, as per passed and endorsed by democratically elected representative of the rakyat, they still vehemently defied the ban and disrespectful of the law. Regardless what their motives and intentions are and whether the march is peaceful or violent, it is still an illegal assembly and it’s a felony to break the law.

It is so unprofessional for these people to defy their profession and break the law. They always profess for the ‘Rule of Law’ and they are the ones who break and defy the law. Even the HRH Rulers made reminders that law and law enforcement agencies should be respected and adhered to.

For these recalcitrants, it is clearly a case of “Cakap tak serupa bikin“!

*An update, as at 22.45hrs

An addendum to the earlier Bernama.com report, published at 20.07hrs tonight:

December 09, 2007 20:07 PM 4

4 Lawyers, 4 Activists Held For Participating In Illegal March

A group of 50 people including lawyers, activists, bloggers and members of non-governmental organisations started gathering in front of the shopping complex since 7.30am.

The gathering is not only unlawful as they did not have a police permit but they had also snubbed the Bar Council’s decision to cancel the assembly very much earlier.

The marchers, wearing surgical masks, started their “Peace Walk” half-an-hour later, passing through Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman towards the Bar Council building, about 2km away, to mark World Human Rights Day tomorrow.

About 100 policemen were seen stationed along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman till Jalan Raja as early as 7am to ensure the situation was under control.

However, there was some commotion when police ordered them to disperse as they were passing through Jalan Tun Perak in front of the old court building.

Irked by the police order, an argument ensued between the marchers and policemen, leading to the arrest of the lawyers and activists.

In the midst of the argument, some members of the group proceeded to walk to the Bar Council building.

Meanwhile, Bar Council president Ambiga Sreenavasan said she was disappointed with the police for detaining eight people, including four lawyers, for participating in the peaceful walk.

She said the people should be given the freedom to assemble peacefully.

“I believe it would have been a peaceful march if not for the police presence,” she said.

Ambiga was seen at the entrance to the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters at about 10.30am presumably to negotiate the release of the eight people detained.

However, she was denied entry as police did not want her to interfere with investigations.

— BERNAMA

On another note, PKR politcian Tian Chua and PAS politician Mat Sabu was arrested earlier today, in connection with their explicit and strategic involvement in the November 10 illegal assembly and demonstration, originally planned from Dataran Merdeka to Istana Negara. It was understood that they would be charged for violating section 27(5) of the Police Act for unlawful assembly

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More calls of ISA be used against HINDRAF if they threat national security

More calls for Hindu Rights Action Force (HINDRAF) leaders and key players to be dealt with seriously, even using existing provisions within the Constitution of the Federation against national security such as the Internal Security Act (ISA).

This time, UMNO Youth Head Dato’ Hishamuddin Tun Hussein came hard against HINDRAF. He also lambasted Anwar Ibrahim for his opportunistically ‘double standards’ and inconsistencies, for his crave of attention capitalising on manipulated facts and lies. This was with regards to his call now for Malaysians ethnic Indians whilst in India and contradict to what he could have but did not do, when he was in power.

Bernama.com

December 08, 2007 19:16 PM

Invoke ISA On Hindraf Leaders If They Pose Threat To Nation – Hisham

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 8 (Bernama) — The Umno Youth wants the government to invoke the Internal Security Act (ISA), which provides for detention without trial, if investigations reveal the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) poses a threat to public peace and national security.

Its chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the government must carry out thorough investigations into the activities of the movement said to be intending to resort to violence and planning to set up its own guerrilla squad.

“We cannot permit a small fraction of Malaysians to inflict damage to the nation’s reputation to their whims and fancies, undermine national unity and harm the prevailing racial harmony.

“The authorities must act fast to put a stop to the spread of malicious instigations, sowing seeds of hatred and discord through short-messaging service (SMS), Internet or street demonstrations, he said in a statement today.

The Education Minister said Hindraf’s adverse activities to the nation and the people are very clear from their racist memorandum incorporating terrorist elements and their interviews with the foreign media and street demonstrations staged by them.

Hishammuddin said Hindraf was trying to play with fire when they raised racial issues and tell lies to bring the country to disarray and stir up the anger of multiracial Malaysians.

“It’s clear that what’s happening now is similar to the series of street demonstrations in 1988 led by former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“Anwar’s intention before and now is only one — to become the prime minister. He is not bothered about the impact on the country and the people.

“His main aim is to achieve his unfulfilled dream even to the extent of dabbling in national unity and public order.

“He is prepared to put the nation into shame in the eyes of the international community,” he said.

Hishammuddin believed the people are wise enough to weigh Hindraf’s irresponsible accusations and were not prepared to go through the 1998 episode which inconvenienced the people, tarnished the country’s image and marred racial harmony which has been well entrenched among the various races.

“Anwar himself never fought for Indians’ rights when he was in the government before and also now,” he said.

This was evident from the defections of many Indians from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), including his close friend and tennis partner Datuk S. Nallakarupan, he said.

Anwar, who is PKR adviser, is the party’s de facto leader.

Hishammuddin said the people realised that Anwar was only good at manipulating an issue, an incident or a group.

“He often changes his stand to take advantage of what is happening,” he added.

— BERNAMA

 

 

 

This came after UMNO leaders like former Cabinet Minister in-charge of Welfare Tan Sri Aishah Ghani made the same call. Earlier today UMNO Youth Exco in-charge of International Affairs Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir ‘charged’ HINDRAF guilty for “high treason” and as an eyewitness of  ‘ethnic cleansing’ and conflict affected in places such as in Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo, he thought the HINDRAF people had no iota of the conception what the term really means and insidiously seeks to spin a tale of lies. Selangor Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Dr. Khir Toyo also concurred with HINDRAF’s racial extremism. Prominent defence lawyer Zainur Zakaria and a group of lawyers who call themselves as PEMBELA also insisted that stern action be taken against people who are traitors and extremists militants.

On the same note, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Dato’ Shafiee Apdal said that the Company Commission of Malaysia has revoked the license of HINDRAF Enterprises, after report that the business enterprise was linked to the extremist militants HINDRAF and contravened the subsection 5 (2) of the Registration of Business Act, for doing activities which threatened the national security. The firm registered address is at a legal firm, where one of the HINDRAF leaders worked and the registered business owner be called in next week for investigations.

The Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi when asked to comment whilst in a two day visit in Johor, said he has no objection for the action, if it can be proven that HINDRAF Enterprises activities threatened national security.

Bernama.com has the story:

December 08, 2007 17:38 PM

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MUAR, Dec 8 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he has no objections to the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry’s move to revoke the registration of Hindraf Enterprise.

“It’s one of the ministry’s responsibilities and it has discharged this responsibility. I’ve no objections,” the Prime Minister told reporters after opening a programme to augment the well-being of the people of Johor here today.

Yesterday, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shafie Apdal said the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) had revoked with immediate effect the licence of Hindraf Enterprise which was believed to be linked to the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf).

The CCM said in a statement today that the move was taken as the company had been used for unlawful purposes and purposes prejudicial to national security and public order.

Asked whether Hindraf should be deregistered, Abdullah said given that it was not an entity registered under the Societies Act, the question of deregistration did not arise.

Abdullah, who is also Internal Security Minister, said the police were monitoring Hindraf’s activities overseas and if its leaders and supporters committed any crime, their passports would be impounded.

The prime minister said Malaysians could move around freely as the government did not put any restriction on their movement provided they did not commit any crime.

On when he would call for the general election, he said in jest: “I’m not done with my calculations yet.”

Abdullah said he was pleased to see the level of support shown by the people during his two-day visit to the state since yesterday.

However, he said, other factors would have to be considered in fixing the election date.

The prime minister later left for Kuala Lumpur.

— BERNAMA

Again, despite so much have been said about HINDRAF leaders, they are still free to go about their business to disrupt the smooth movements of the workable and practical, harmonious and proven mechanism and components of nation building within this country. Earlier today, HINDRAF leader P. Uthayakumar made a Police report against Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Dato’ Seri Nazri Aziz, Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Patail and Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan, for making statement that HINDRAF is linked to the Sri Lankan terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam.

 

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HINDRAF is guilty of high treason

More statements on HINDRAF:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –

DECEMBER 8, 2007

 

Media Release

Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir

Chairman

The International & NGO Relations Bureau

Malaysia UMNO Youth Movement


 

HINDRAF Is Guilty of High Treason


The International Bureau of UMNO Youth views the warnings of the Inspector General of Police of Malaysia with regards to the planned violent insurrection as well as the pronouncements of HINDRAF leaders themselves with grave concern and utter disgust. HINDRAF’s modus operandi and subsequent actions are akin to a militant organization with the intent of adhering to terrorist organisations and eventually wage war against His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong. HINDRAF has violated the sacred oath of allegiance towards Malaysia and her sovereign and as such should swiftly face the full extent of the law.

Malaysians prize peace and stability. The use of violence is intolerable and only serves to anger and distresses the majority of law-abiding citizens. While economic advancement is the right of every Malaysian citizen regardless of race or religion, the scurrilous allegations of ethnic cleansing is a product of a sick credo and evildoing that only reflects more about HINDRAF itself than it does injure Malaysia ’s reputation internationally.

As an eye-witness to the horrific effects of ethnic cleansing in Serbia and Kosovo it is evident that HINDRAF has no iota of conception of what the term really means and insidiously seeks to spin a tale of lies.

The Malaysian Government firmly rejects extremism or terrorism without exclusion or preference. The rebellion of the militant Islamic organization Al Ma’unah which consisted of Muslim-Malays is a case in point. Its leaders and followers had committed a crime and were dealt with by the laws of the nation. HINDRAF similarly does not deserve any reprieve or sympathy.

Hitherto, the Indian community can pride itself on a great number of achievements and contributions to the nation. The community boasts successful entrepreneurs and tycoons. Furthermore, the scientists, lawyers, doctors and etc. have played a major role in developing Malaysia to what it is today. Their sacrifices must not go unappreciated and it is our duty to alleviate the living standards of all segments of the Indian as well as Malaysian population at large.

Therefore, let us bring together our brothers and sisters of all Malaysians in this period of national tribulation to the path of racial harmony and tolerance that has for so long defined our beloved nation.


END

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