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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%)

Uthaya and gang released

May 10th, 2009
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This guy got guts. We have to admit that. I never heard of any ISA detainee being released on their own terms. But this fella is a real thorn in the backside for them. Even in the last day, he really embarassed the police and Home Minister by REFUSING to sign the conditional release papers. The announcement to release was already made by Hishamuddin,  so what to do? They could have kept him detained, citing some “paper work” problem. Yet he was released. Why ah?

Anyway, it is a great news for the Indian community, especially on the auspicious day of Chittirai Pournami to have a braveheart to be released. The Indians who are not-so-Indians will have different opinions, but each to his own.

There was a convoy or car who were meeting up with him at Tanjung Malim. Heard that more than 100 cars accompanied him to his house in Seremban.

Below is statements by Uthaya from Malaysiakini:

P Uthayakumar, the last of the five Hindraf leaders to be released today, claimed that he was thrown out of the Kamunting Detention Camp after he refused to give in to pressures from the prison authorities to sign the conditional release papers in exchange for his freedom.

MCPX

Recollecting the events that transpired inside the Kamunting prison before he was freed this afternoon, Uthayakumar said the prison officials had dragged him out of the camp and thrown him into the prison van following his repeated refusal to sign the conditional papers.

uthayakumar hindraf taiping hospital 170209 02I stressed that there must be no conditional release. Otherwise, I would continue to stay here,” he told journalists and about 100 Hindraf supporters at the gate of the Kamunting Detention Camp, Perak, where he was held for 18 months under ISA detention.

According to him, his ordeal started at 8am when prison officials came to his cell and told him to get ready for his release in the afternoon.

He told the prison officers that he was ready to leave only if there were no preset conditions to his release.

Subsequently, Uthayakumar refused to listen to the various requests by the prison authorities to agree to his conditional freedom.

Uthayakumar also claimed that he was tricked into seeing the prison director who said the he could sign a release order instead of the conditional papers.

However, when I got into his office, the director gave me the conditional release papers (to sign). Again, I refused.

The Hindraf leader said when an officer read out the clauses of his conditional release papers, he closed both his ears with his hands.

“After that, a guy forcibly took me out of the office and threw me into a prison van,” said Uthayakumar.

In the melee, Uthayakumar said he hurt his right leg, near his damaged toe for which he had earlier sought treatment while in detention.

It is learnt that the release of the other Hindraf leaders today are subject to a number of conditions, including being barred from speaking at public functions.

‘I’m wearing the same blue pants’

Uthayakumar said he feared that he could be forced to sign the conditional release papers before he even reaches home today.

“I was told that Special Branch (officers) are waiting for me to take me to Brickfields police station to sign the papers. But I will not bow to this,” he said.

If they force me, I will not do it as I prefer going back to Kamunting prison,” he vowed.

Uthayakumar also said he was grateful for the support given by his family members, supporters and friends who had campaigned relentlessly for his release from the camp.

However, he refused to express gratitude to the government for freeing him after “514 days behind bars”.

“I won’t thank the government because I should have been brought to court in the first place and given a fair trial. But this procedure was not followed,” said Uthayakumar, who appeared haggard.

Uthayakumar and his family later went to Sri Maha Mariamal temple near Kamunting for prayers where he gave another speech to about 100 people who had gathered there.

The lawyer, who has not combed his hair nor shaved his beard since the day of his arrest on Dec 13, 2007, conceded that he may “look like a mad man”.

“Since Day One, I have grown this beard and hair, and I vowed never to shave it off (until his release).

“And these are the same blue pants that I have been wearing ever since,” he added, showing his shabby prison trousers.

Nevertheless, he said the detention had made him wiser and gave him inner strength to meet new challenges ahead and he has a few ideas on improving the livelihood of the Indian community.

At about 4.30pm, Uthayakumar along with his family left Kamunting for his mother’s house in Seremban.

Along his journey south, he made a number of pit stops where he gave impromtu speeches. He reached Rawang in Selangor at 7.40pm, followed by a convoy of about 30 cars.

At 8.50pm, a crowd of 100 Hindraf supporters, equipped with drums, were at the Labu toll in Seremban waiting for Uthayakumar’s arrival.

He arrived at his hometown to a hero’s welcome at 9.15pm. He was greeted with fireworks and an escort of about 100 cars. The Hindraf leader gave a short speech amid shouts of Makkal Sakthi.

Meanwhile, ADUN for Kota Alam Shah, YB Manoharan relates his story:

For some, 13 is considered an unlucky number but for former Internal Security Act detainee M Manoharan, it is the sacred number 13 that have given him the good, the bad, and the ugly highlights of his life.

MCPX

manoharan released from isa detention prison 090509 01Today, the Kota Alam Shah state representative is finally back in the arms of his family after serving 513 days in Kamunting prison since Dec 13, 2007.

Now that those long detention days have passed, the lawyer who was born on Sept 13, 1961 and is the 13th Selangor DAP assemblyperson is set to continue with his life and job.

The father of three also couldn’t be happier and sees his return as a gift to his mother and his wife for tomorrow’s Mother’s Day celebration.

Manoharan, who arrived at his place in Bukit Kinrara, Puchong at around 7pm with an escort car was greeted by his three children who were beaming with smiles and shouting “Papa! Papa!” on top of their lungs.

However, he was not accompanied by his wife S Pushpaneela who had been waiting anxiously for his return at the Klang police station.

Little did he know he would be brought back by the police through the station’s backdoor and the wife was waiting for him out at the front gate.

However, both husband and wife were later reunited at their home about half an hour later.

Speaking at a press conference later, the practising lawyer said that her mother’s prayer “has been answered”.

“She also told me that I should not come out alone and asked me to come back (with other Hindraf leaders) together. I am thankful that we all were released together today,” he said to her mother N Letchumy, 70, who was sitting next to him.

He was also flanked by his three children, 12-year-old twins Hariharan and Shivaranjini, and 10-year-old Ganendra.

Manoharan is among two other Hindraf leaders who were released today at Kamunting including P Uthayakumar and T Vasanthakumar.

Staying on as Kota Alam Shah representative

Describing as the past 18 months in detention as “miserable”, Manoharan however promised that he will not give up his struggle as the “Malaysian Indians urgently need help”.

manoharan released from isa detention prison 090509 06Soft-spoken and quiet since he was a little boy, Manoharan said there would be no way he could be seen as a terrorist as he would “never lift a stick to hit anybody”.

“I am not a terrorist. So please show respect to the Indians. But most important of all, there will be no need for me to resign as the Kota Alam Shah representative,” he said.

Now that he has been released, he would immediately get to work and give his best to serve his constituents.

“I will make sure Kota Alam Shah residents have the best from me because they have lost 14 months of my service and my presence and voice in the Selangor state assembly,” he said.

Manoharan further noted that his intended resignation last Saturday could have “expedited” today’s release and did not rule out the possibility that the government would want to avoid another by-election.

Besides, he said, if a by-election were held following his resignation, “it would be the first seat that BN would lose its deposit” judging from the previous strong majority he had garnered in the last general election.

“And it would be pitiful for the BN. But unfortunately or fortunately, that will not happen because I am not resigning and I’m released and I will get down to work. I am not given the opportunity to serve the public which I have always wanted to do,” he said.

Manoharan, who was composed and high spirited throughout the press conference also praised his father MS Malayalan, 70, for shaping him to be a good leader – but only different political views set them apart.

“My father has served the public throughout his year as a politician … but he’s an MIC man and still a branch leader and recently elected as a delegate … but I was born to be an opposition member from the beginning,” said Manoharan, flashing a smile to his father.

Will comply with conditions

Despite the conditional release imposed upon the 48-year-old politician, Manoharan however remained positive and vowed to comply with all the six conditions given by the Home Ministry.

manoharan released from isa detention prison 090509 02According to him, he was “happy and enlightened” with  all the six conditions as they fit his category as a state representative.

“I am very happy with the conditions set by the home minister who seems to know that I live to serve my constituents and I will comply with these conditions,” he said.

The conditions, according to him are:

(1) Have to live in a Klang area – which is in the area of IPK Klang.

(2) Not allowed to move to other places without written permission of state police chief.

(3) Not allowed to leave Klang without written permission of state police chief.

(4) Have to constantly inform the police of his whereabouts.

(5) Have to report to the police every Monday until Dec 13, 2009.

(6) Maintain peace and stability in the country.

However, Manoharan said that the hardest task he needs to take up would be rebuilding his life all over again as a lawyer now that he had lost his practice firm in Kuala Lumpur as he and the family needed to move to Klang in two weeks time.

“My detention has been miserable … I had a very good law practice and the practice is gone. I have to start all over again and start afresh. My family got into serious financial difficulties but I would like to thank all who donated towards my family.

“Without their donations, I couldn’t imagine how they would survive. It was not easy without me as the sole breadwinner. I have lost 15kg, I have suffered enough. I missed my children. No father should go through this form of suffering in the future,” he said.

There are no statements from Vasanthakumar so far.

MIC, Murugiah of PPP, MHS, MHC, etc offered thanks to the PM for the release of the detainees.

The dust has not even settled, and the rumour mill has started –  Uthaya may start a political party. Here we go again! 🙂

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.

Manohara to quit?

May 5th, 2009
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While others are not stating their stand, Selangor Gerakan is hoping that Manoharan would not quit his post, so says its  chief Deputy Minister Kohilan  Pillay.  However, Gerakan would contest if he quits say Kohilan. He says its the Pakatan leaders fault for not offering enough support to Manoharan’s wife in managing the constituency:

Its chief, A. Kohilan Pillay, said Manoharan should see his term out and blamed Pakatan Rakyat for the Internal Security Act detainee’s frustrations.

“Voters there knew what they were getting into when they voted for him. We want him to continue, as the voters decided on him.”

Kohilan said Manoharan’s problems could be solved if Pakatan Rakyat offered more support to Manoharan’s wife, S. Pusphaneela, who is acting for him in his absence.

“Pakatan Rakyat members should deliver. Where is the team spirit? I don’t think they are doing enough to help her.”

However, he said Gerakan would contest the seat if Manoharan resigned.

“We are not urging him to stay because we are afraid of a by-election. But if he decides to quit, we will field a candidate.”

Anyway, Manoharan is expected to make a decision after talking to Karpal Singh on 19th May.

Earlier, he issued a statement, which was read out by his wife:

I once again take this opportunity to thank the voters of Kota Alam Shah in having voted me in as Kota Alam Shah Adun (state representative). Despite having not met me in person, over 12,699 voters voted for me on March 8, 2008, with a majority of 7,184 votes over and above the BN candidate.

I apologise to my constituents for being unable to serve personally due to my detention without trial under the ISA. I must thank my constituents for their patience over the past 14 months. The constituents’ patience and support has kept me going in Kamunting prison thus far.

But the fact remains that over the last 14 months, I have not been able to effectively serve the public, in particular the constituents of Kota Alam Shah.

I feel a sense of guilt of being unable to serve the voters who have voted me as their representative in the Selangor state assembly. I feel I am being unfair to my constituents thus far.

I now have to consider resigning as a Selangor state assemblyman for Kota Alam Shah paving the way for a by-election in order for my constituents to re-elect their new representative who will be better able to serve them, and who will be able to physically attend all the sittings of the Selangor state legislative assembly and matters arriving therefrom.

I wish to convey to all, in particular to my constituents, that during the last 17 months of my detention in Kamunting prison, I tried my very best in appealing to the authorities and by way of applications to call for my freedom in order for me to effectively serve the public and my constituents in particular. I have exhausted all avenues for my release.

I have written a letter to ex-prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, three letters to now Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, eight letters to former home minister Syed Hamid Albar, and two letters to Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

Also my applications to the home minister for me to attend the state assembly sittings have all been rejected and I was forced to apply for leave from the home minister.

Further, I have also attended the sittings before the ISA advisory board and all three sittings of the panel members have rejected my pleas for my release.

The High Court of Malaya have dismissed my three habeas corpus application. The Federal Court have dismissed all the three appeals from the High Court.

So all the efforts have been to no avail.

I am very disappointed that despite the 12,699 voters of Kota Alam Shah having voted to show that I have never ever been a threat to national security, the home minister defied the voice of the people and the democratic voice of these voters.

My 17 months of detention thus far have been very painful, which has been made worse by me being in the state of helplessness in being unable to serve my constituents.

As such, I hereby wish to inform that I will announce my official decision after meeting my party chairman Karpal Singh, who will be meeting me in Kamunting prison on May 19, 2009.

M Manoharan
ISA detainee and Kota Alam Shah state assemblyperson

Before that, everyone, including his wife, was surprised when Malaysiakini broke the news of Manoharan thinking of resigning. I wonder how the others can know before the own wife know about it. Strange world indeed.

Pushpaneela said he did not mention anything when she meet him more than two weeks ago:

In dismissing a Malaysiakini report yesterday, Manoharan’s wife, S. Pushpaneela said she was shocked with the report as her husband did not say anything about quitting when she met him two weeks ago.

Lawyer Manoharan, who was also a leader of the banned Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) movement, is being detained at the Kamunting prison under the Internal Security Act.

“I am shocked. I met him two weeks ago and he was in good spirits.

“He did not say anything about this. I am meeting him again tomorrow and will be in a better position to comment after that.”

Pushpaneela said the report came as a shock as in recent weeks,  she had expanded the Kota Alam Shah state assembly service centre.

“I had taken in more people to help me run the centre,” said Pushpaneela, who acts as Manoharan’s representative to the voters.

Selangor executive councillor Ronnie Liew also denied the Malaysiakini report.

“The report said that Pushpaneela was under a lot of pressure from constituency work, but this is not the case.”

Malaysiakini in its report quoting a source close to Manoharan, had said that the detained lawyer wanted out as he was growing frustrated over his inability to serve voters.

Pushpaneela revealed later that she can only do so much by being a representative of the assemblyman:

Between being the breadwinner of her family and replacing Manoharan as the state assemblyperson, Pushpaneela, however, conceded that her contributions in the constituency is still unsatisfactory.

Even though she had acted on behalf of her husband for the past 14 months, she said that she still “can’t bring the constituents grievances to the state assembly”.

“I can do as much as I can in the constituency, but I cannot attend the state assembly sitting. As a state representative, you need to bring their grievances to the august House but these people have been denied (this),” she said.

Despite the hardest decision that her husband has to make, the mother of four children however said that Manoharan was “in good spirit”.

“But he just feels very guilty … the people only saw his posters and not him in person. He tried his best to be out (of prison) to serve them … but he can’t even attend the assembly sitting,” said Puspaneela.

She also said that Manoharan had been thinking about resigning for last few months.