Posts Tagged ‘Home Ministry’

ISA Poll by Home Ministry

August 6th, 2009
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Survey on ISA by Home Ministry reveals at least 90% support removal of the law (as of 11.31pm today).

Check it out at:

http://www.ikdn.gov.my/

The questions being asked:

Pada pandangan anda, ISA adalah…

  • Preventive law
  • Draconian law (91%)
  • Tidak Pasti

Adakah anda faham dan tahu sepenuhnya mengenai ISA?

  • Ya, saya tahu dan faham. (93%)
  • Saya tidak tahu dan tidak faham
  • Saya keliru

Bagaimana anda mengetahui tentang ISA?

  • Melalui bacaan (92%)
  • Mendengar cakap-cakap
  • Tangkap muat

Apa yang anda mahu dari ISA?

  • Dimansuhkan (95%)
  • Diteruskan dengan semakan
  • Saya keliru

Tahukah anda, Amerika Syarikat dan Britain turut mempunyai undang-undang pencegahan mereka yang dikenali sebagai Anti Terrorism Act dan Patriot Act. ISA (Malaysia) adalah salah satu undang-undang yang dirujuk oleh mereka.

  • Ya saya tahu (50%)
  • Saya tidak tahu
  • Tidak memberi apa-apa makna kepada saya (47%)

Waytha plans to return home

May 11th, 2009
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Regarding his warrant of arrest/detention, Home Minister Hishamuddin said he will check with the police.

PRESS STATEMENT 11.05.2009

RE: Waytha Moorthy to return to Malaysia with or without any Government assurance or condition

I have decided to return to Malaysia now since the HINDRAF lawyers have been released.

When the tsunami of November 25, 2007 took place, HINDRAF was still in its infancy in addressing the plight of the Malaysian Indians. The arrest of the HINDRAF leaders was meant to curtail its legitimate concerns for the Malaysian Indians and allow it to be a lost cause for them.

As the chairman of HINDRAF, at that juncture, I decided that somehow, HINDRAF concerns needs to be brought in light in the international arena since the local government had used oppression towards the public and the operation of the ISA to stifle and vilify the voice of HINDRAF.

As such I had left to UK to continue its struggle and keep the movement alive and bearing the international support that HINDRAF was getting from various international bodies and governments, the Malaysian government subsequently revoked my passport and forced me to seek asylum which the British government granted bearing the fear of persecution faced by me from the authorities in Malaysia for upholding truth and just cause for the Malaysian Indians.

Now that my comrades have been released, I have decided that I shall return to Malaysia to continue and forge ahead with the objectives and goals of HINDRAF in seeking what it had originally set out to even at the risk of me being arrested under ISA or any other repressive Laws.

I shall return knowing the risks involved, as I honestly believe that HINDRAF cause was just and fair. I had sought the advise of many grass root supporters and they are in the opinion that I should not return as I would be arrested and incarcerated.

This does not fear me anymore as the objective to obtain the release of the HINDRAF lawyers had been achieved and now it is the time to press forward with the objectives for the community that has been systematically discriminated, marginalized and sidelined for 52 years.

HINDRAF is now a strong mass movement and can never be suppressed any further. If the government arrests me or detains me, there will be many others within the community with conscience who will spearhead the struggle for the betterment of the society and the nation. The spirit of HINDRAF invoked within the Malaysian community is inerasable, and I can only hope for the betterment of the nation and a fast evolving universe in its struggle for equality, fairness and justice will prevail over selfishness and ignorance.

I rest my faith in DESTINY and its people, as HINDRAF is an organization that dared to be different, dared to go right to the core problem to tackle the issues rather than appeasing institutions for piecemeal offers for the betterment of the nation.

P.WAYTHA MOORTHY

CHAIRMAN

HINDRAF


Uthaya, Vasantha and Manoharan to be released from ISA

May 8th, 2009
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The good news was announced by Home Minister Hishamuddin. The three HINDRAF leaders are among the 13 detainees who would be released soon, in two or three days time, said Hishamuddin.

In the specially arranged press conference, Hishammuddin said that they would be released in the next “two or three days”.

“I will be signing the (release) papers now,” he said.

He did not give the reasons for the release of the 13 but added that they “no longer needed to be held”.

So, that would put to an end the court cases filed by the detainees, but the sedition case against Uthaya will be taking place. If convicted, he will be jailed.

This means Manoharan won’t quit his assemblyman post, and the Free Manoharan campaign can be stopped.

Free Manoharan Campaign

May 6th, 2009
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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.

Questions on the release of ISA detainees

April 5th, 2009
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All this while, I thought its the Home Minister who can sign the detention order and release them. So, its a bit surprising that PM Najib made the announcement and it takes another two days (detainees will exit on Sunday) for the document to be prepared. Not to mention that its very impropable that 13 people can be rehabilitated at the same time. And what happened to the advisory panel/board that’s suppose to meet every 6 month to evaluate a detainees case? Was the board convened in the last two days? Or was its previous report taken into consideration, thus the release of the detainees? Syed Hamid readily admits that it was the new PM’s decision. So is it valid?

More worrying was this statement by him (Syed Hamid):

He (Najib) has put the interest of the nation above self,’’ he said.

This doesn’t seem right to me as it implies that the decision to put those people in detention in the first place may be due to self-interest! Well, at least that’s what I understand.

Something else is also not fully revealed – a number of them who be subjected to a conditional release, says Syed Hamid Albar.

The sudden announcement caught everyone off, so I can safely presume that communication channel between the relevant people is suspect.

Let’s see what Ganapatirao’s wife says:

Ganabatirau’s wife, B. Vuvaneswary, said family members of ISA detainees should be informed when they would be released to facilitate their presence at the Kamunting Detention Centre.

The teacher, who had arrived at the centre at about 7.30am Saturday, told Bernama when contacted at 5.20pm that she was saddened by the statement by InspectorGeneral of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan Saturday that the detainees, including her husband, would only be released Sunday after they had completed the documentation process.

“I am said that until now the authorities had not contacted me on the status of my husband’s release,” she said.

She lamented that the absence of communication from the authorities had put her family in a difficult situation, adding that she had travelled from Shah Alam at 3am today thinking that her husband would be released Saturday. Vuvaneswary, who was putting up at a relative’s house in Sungai Petani, Kedah, said she would be at the detention centre at 8am tomorrow but wondered whether her husband would be released at the centre or at Bukit Aman in Kuala Lumpur.

“I hope the authorities can provide information on the release of the detainees tomorrow,” she said.

She hopes that the others will be released as well. Meanwhile, Ganabatirau’s brother Raidu said the entire family was thankful to Najib for allowing him to return to his family. He also mentioned that the other 3 should be released as well. Same with the people interviewed by Minnal FM news team. All those interviewed in Bukit Selambau expressed happiness and at the same time expressed hope that the other 3 will be release BEFORE the elections.

Meanwhile, Kengadharan’s wife Dr M. Kalaivani said she was caught by surprise by the news because she did not watch Najib’s announcement on television.

When informed that her husband was to be released, Dr Kalaivani said she would be rushing off to the Kamunting Detention Centre first thing in the morning.

“I dont know what to say! I am excited and am floating on cloud nine. I can finally bring him back home,” exclaimed Dr Kalaivani, who thanked Najib for freeing her husband, adding that their three-year-old son Pavan was also excited to be reunited with his father.

The cops are unsure as well? :

When approached by reporters, a camp warden said he had not received any directive to release the 13 people.

Perak CPO Deputy Comm Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah, when contacted, said the matter was being handled by the police headquarters in Bukit Aman.

“I have not received any instructions yet,” he said.

MIC, of course are relieved that the few letters Samy wrote to ex-PM Badawi was useful. They can now claim to have secured the release of 2 of the 5 detainees.

The MIC hopes the Government will release the other three Hindu Rights Action Front members under Internal Security Act detention in addition to the two announced, party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said.  “We thank the Government and Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for releasing two ISA detainees associated with the banned Hindraf movement,” he said.  Samy Vellu said the MIC was happy that the Government had agreed with the party’s request to release the Hindraf members. “I hope they will release the rest of them quickly as it will make the Indian community happy,” he said.

PM Najib said the move to release the detainees is proof that the government is not repressive and that the government has the best interest of the people at heart. For him, its not a populist move:

“If we don’t release them, they will say the government is repressive. If we release them, they will say we are populist. “So which is which?” he said to reporters during a press conference at his Sri Satria residence on Saturday.

Unfortunately, it surely looks like one. Take if from the expert himself – Mahathir, who in his own sly way, said this:

“I think it is a good move. I don’t know if you remember, but when I became Prime Minister I released 21 people who were held under ISA.

“So I thought it was good for me, so it must be good for Najib too,” Dr Mahathir said.

Hmm.. besides highlighting the copycat move, it also cements the notion that its a “good” thing to do, i.e. populist.

Bottomline is, if one can free them just like that, how long does it take to put someone in there first? Are these people actually guilty or  merely victims? Scary indeed.