Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hindraf declared an illegal organisation

Seelan: Sure, they can declare Hindraf "illegal", but since the ISA arrest of the 5 leaders, the Malaysian "Hindu-Indian movement" (I would call it) has been operating through various splinter groups that formed thorough common interests, affinity and necessity.

This declaration by the Malaysian ministry is in fact only going to make the movement feel that they really made an impact and fuel them to carry on.

Syed Hamid said if left unchecked, Hindraf would continue to pose a threat to, among other things, "the prevailing racial harmony". Has the Malaysian public been consulted for their opinions on this? Isn't the entire political system in Malaysia itself based on racial segregation? Perhaps Barisan Nasional should be declared illegal because it poses a threat to ANY racial harmony that exists and can exist in Malaysia.

Hindraf declared an illegal organisation
Bernama, 2008/10/15


The Hindu Rights Actions Force (Hindraf) has been declared an illegal organisation from today, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar.

In a statement issued here, Syed Hamid said the decision to declare Hindraf as an illegal organisation was made following the ministry being satisfied with facts and evidence that showed Hindraf had and was being used for unlawful purposes and posed a threat to public order and morality.

"Based on powers vested under Section 5(1) of the Societies Act, Hindraf from today is declared an illegal organisation," he said.

He said the order was being made as a result of monitoring and investigation on the organisation's activities by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) and Home Ministry, since Hindraf's inception.

Syed Hamid said if left unchecked, Hindraf would continue to pose a threat to public order, the security and sovereignty of the country as well as the prevailing racial harmony.

"The decision to declare Hindraf an illegal organisation is not based on one or two of its activities that are in contravention of the law but covers all the actions it has taken since being formed," he said.

Syed Hamid said Hindraf had all the criteria of an organised movement because it had filed for registration with the ROS on Oct 16 last year.

The application had yet to be approved but Hindraf had actively exploited the Indian community to organise illegal assemblies and street demonstrations without permits to the point of causing a segment of the community to rise up against the government and also hatred among the Malays and Indians in the country, he said.

"Hindraf has also tried to secure support from foreign countries for the purpose of pressuring the government to bow to its demands," he added.

Syed Hamid advised the public to distance themselves from Hindraf and not participate in any way in any of its activities.


edsperience said...

Malaysia is a 'racially diverse' country, not a 'racially harmonious' one.

Harmony requires that equality be a reality, not only in opportunity, but in perception - promoted through media representations, policies, signage, etc. Hence, 'diverse' would be more true than 'harmonious'.

Where it is verifiably true that malaysia, or even singapore for that matter, is more 'diverse' than 'harmonious', the following statement,

"the prevailing racial harmony"

...may just as well mean that a particular sector of society ought to learn to accept their second class status and circumnavigate past the consequential problems by mean other than a collective call for equality.

Analogically,I suppose, we could say, that the blacks and whites in america were living in a 'racially harmonious' state prior to the call for equality, and its founding realisation that they were equal albeit not equitably treated.