Free Manoharan Campaign

May 6th, 2009 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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With the recent news that ISA detainee, Selangor state assemblyman (Kota Alam Shah – my area!!!) Manoharan is thinking about quitting, the Selangor government is starting a campaign to get people to support his release (along with other ISA detainees as well) from detention. This is the first time a state government is organising a campaign against ISA.

So, those who feel that Manoharan can serve better by being on the outside, do visit http://petitiononline.com/freemano or email freemanoharan@gmail.com

. The campaign ends on 17th May, so hurry along! why 17th May? Its a day before the ISA review board meets, so the organisers plan to submit the signatures as proof of support.

As of lunch time today, there were 780 over signatures.

BMahendran published the list of programmes planned during the campaign, so Klangites, take heed:

6th May 2009
8.30am Signature Campaign at Morning Market Tmn Chi Liung
6.00pm Singature Campaign at Night Market Tmn Chi Liung
9.00pm Ceramah at Ganabathy Residence
8th May 2009,
8.30pm Ceramah at Depot Sukan-Port Klang
9th May 2009,
3.00pm Debate between GMI -vs- PEWARIS at MBPJ Civic Hall (fundrising event by GMI)
4.00pm Gathering at Depot Sukan-Port Klang in conjunction with the “Chitra Day” Chittirai Paurnami (edited by me) and Wesak
10th May 2009,
12.00pm Tea Party for ISA Detainees’ Wives and Mothers etc at M. Manoharan Service Centre
13th May 2009
8.30pm Forum at MBPJ Civiv Hall by ADUN Kg Tunku, Lau Weng San
16th May 2009
9.00pm Ceramah at Dewan Lingkungan Seri Setia (Near the Kontena) by ADUN Seri Setia, Nik Nazmi
9.00pm Ceramah at Stadium Melawati by PAS Nijar)
17th May 2009, 8.00pm Candle Light Vigil at Dewan Hamzah, Klang.
Person-In-Charge (for Klang event): Sdr. Tee Boon Hock (019-332 9092) or Sdr Kamarulzaman (Assistant for M. Manoharan: 017-8783 786)

While I don’t mind taking some time off to vote, some will consider it as a waste of time. Well, each to his own.

I wonder what DPM Muhyiddin meant by saying that Manoharan can still serve his constituency while under detention. Perhaps the DPM should try staying there for a month or two to contemplate how easy it is to still serve the constituents who are located 250km away, in the case of Manoharan. Of course, lawfully Manoharan is eligible because he is not convicted in court of law. But eligibility is not the issue here, its the responsibility and ability. NST quoted DPM Muhyiddin as saying:

“After winning an election, it’s time for him to get to work. He should be responsible enough and not step down unnecessarily as is being done by those from some political parties.

“The exceptions are when he is declared a bankrupt, convicted or dies.”

He said DAP’s Manoharan could still perform his duties despite being under ISA detention.

I’m also wondering what Bernama meant by below:

On reports that Internal Security Act (ISA) detainee M. Manoharan wanted to quit the Kota Alam Shah state seat in Selangor, Muhyiddin said democracy should not be abused.

“The people had made their choice during the election and now is the time to work for them. However, of late, there seems to be a trend in which certain parties are encouraging resignations without rhyme or reason.

“I don’t know what kind of party it is which claims to be fair to the people but acts to their detriment. The winning candidate should serve the people,” he said.

On Manoharan’s claims that being an ISA detainee it would be difficult for him to serve, Muhyiddin said Manoharan had until the next election to serve the people.

At the same time, I understand too that the Klangites know what they were getting into when the voted for a detainee. “Berani buat, berani tanggung”. Manoharan will be free in mid December when the detention order expires, unless Hishamuddin renews it for another 2 years. He already mentioned that Manoharan would not be released just because of the recent development and that there are “certain reasons” for keeping him in.

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