Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Waythamoorthy: Press Statement 24th September 2008


With video interviews at the end of the posting.

HINDRAF
135-3-A JALAN TOMAN 7
KEMAYAN SQUARE
70200 SEREMBAN
NEGERI SEMBILAN.


Samy Velu’s Statement “They no longer pose danger to the country”
HINDRAF insists THEY NEVER WERE A DANGER IN THE FIRST PLACE.

P. Uthayakumar he has always maintained that his release should be on the basis that the Government acknowledges the oppression suppression and marginalisation of the Indian community over the last 51 years and that measures be taken to rectify the economic and social imbalance of the Malaysian Indians. He insists he is not desperate for his release at the expense of scarifying Malaysian Indian Rights.

Uthayakumar also insists that his release should be on the basis that the Government admits the very arrest under the ISA was politically motivated and had nothing to do with threat to National Security and the baseless allegations of links with terrorist organisations.

While HINDRAF welcomes Dato Samy Velu’s initiative to speak to the PM on their release we insist that he should openly admit and apologize to Malaysian Indians for justifying the arrests of the 4 lawyers last December 13th.

The confidence of the Malaysian Indians could only be regained if Dato Samy Velu apologizes in a gentleman manner to the Indian community for his errors and statements last December and I am certain the Indian community would forgive him.

Uthayakumar has also asked me to repeat his call made in March this year that the 4 remaining ISA detainees were never involved in the day to day affairs of HINDRAF nor were they involved in organising the Nov 25th rally or the presentation of the 18 demands at Putrajaya on 12th August 2007.

Manoharan and Kengadharan were purely acting in their capacity as advocates and solicitors in that they represented various cases filed in court on behalf of HINDRAF and its supporters and they were particularly targeted to instil fear among Lawyers from acting for HINDRAF. Their arrests have no justification whatsoever and is a great affront to Lawyers performing their duties.

HINDRAF praises these two great Legal personalities who were made scapegoats in the attempt by the Government to frame HINDRAF in a bad picture.

Ganapathi Rao’s participation in HINDRAF was merely for a short period ie about 3 months prior to his arrest under ISA. I can never imagine how a person could be categorised as a threat when his involvement was for such a short period. He was merely targeted as he had delivered speeches on Budget 2008 as he revealed the truth and the extend of the marginalisation in the budget that was presented by the PM.

P.Waytha Moorthy
Chairman
HINDRAF
Currently in London



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