Menteri betul tidak faham…

Mansuh ISA!

Abolish ISA!


Thursday, August 20, 2009

ISA, Police Act amendments to include freedom of assembly

By Neville Spykerman – The Malaysian Insider

Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein says the ISA is only used against threats to national security and stability. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 — The government will table amendments to the Internal Security Act (ISA) and the Police Act during the next Parliamentary sitting, with changes in the laws to include the freedom to assemble in specific areas without the need for a permit.Home Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein said today that among other provisions that may be relaxed is the initial 60 days detention period of the ISA.

The amendments are part of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s promised reforms.

But it is likely to fall short of demands from the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) and other activists who want the ISA repealed.

“There may be only time to hold a first reading in October but hopefully the amendments can be debated by the end of the year,” said the minister

Hishammuddin denied claims that the law, which was passed in order to counter the threat of the communist insurgency in the 1960s, had ever been abused.

However he said each provision of the ISA is being reviewed along with other restrictive laws and the Police Act, in order to make them more relevant in today’s landscape.

He pointed out the ISA was still relevant and cited the example of the prevention of terrorism.

The Home Minster was speaking to the press today after chairing a special meeting on national security issues with Minster in the Prime Minster’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz and Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim.

He added the government is considering holding an “aggressive” nationwide campaign to explain their stand in reviewing the ISA and their determination not to abolish the controversial law, which allows detention without trial.

The planned campaign will provide a comprehensive explanation on the various provisions of the ISA, so people will understand the law is not draconian or used arbitrarily.

He said the awareness campaign is to inform the people that the government was serious in overcoming the weaknesses in the ISA and were moving to ensure there is no room for the law to be abused, to prevent further allegations.

“We want the people to understand that the ISA is a preventive law to protect the country and its multiracial communities.”

When asked if the ISA would still be used against politicians, he said the Home Ministry had been consistent and used the law against any threat to national security and stability.

He added the right of the majority deserved equal protection.

Today’s meeting was held following a Cabinet decision which called on the Home Ministry, the Prime Minister’s Department and the Information, Communication and Culture Ministry to co-ordinate the roles of the various agencies under their jurisdiction.

Hishammuddin said while there would not be censorship of the internet, existing laws and agencies will be used against those who commit sedition, including against bloggers who touch on sensitive issues such as religion and the royalty.

He said the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) will work more closely with the police and the Attorney-General to ensure cases are dealt with more effectively.


Posted by barred at 8/20/2009 02:49:00 AM

OKT Perhimpunan menentang ISA: Keputusan Mahkamah yang tidak konsisten(Updated)

Sivarasah bebas dari sebarang tuduhan, tetapi lima wanita didakwa…

Kenapa pula ini? Adakah staf Mahkamah kurang/tidak buat kerja dengan sebaiknya?


Aug 4, 2009
29 charged in KL

All plead not guilty and are out on bail

By Hazlin Hassan, Malaysia Correspondent
In the biggest demonstration in Malaysia for nearly two years, police used tear gas and water cannon on Saturday to disperse thousands of people calling for the abolition of laws that allow for detention without trial. — PHOTO: AP

KUALA LUMPUR – A TOTAL of 29 people were charged in court here on Monday for taking part in a massive protest at the weekend against the Internal Security Act (ISA).

In all, 589 people were arrested during Saturday’s demonstrations in downtown Kuala Lumpur, but most of them were released, including opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat vice-president R. Sivarasa, who was freed on Monday.

Among the 29 hauled up in court on Monday were a 16-year-old boy, a 60-year-old woman and another woman, Norlaila Othman, whose husband has been an ISA detainee for the past seven years.

The accused were charged with taking part in an illegal assembly or aiding an illegal organisation in connection with the protests.

All of them pleaded not guilty. They were freed on bail and will be tried on Sept 4. If convicted, they face jail terms of one to three years.

Saturday’s demonstration, which drew a turnout of some 15,000 to 20,000 people, was organised by the Abolish ISA Movement and attracted the support of opposition party leaders.

The protesters say the ISA should be scrapped because it is being used as a means to quash legitimate dissent from opposition party members and civil rights groups.

In court on Monday, defence counsel Azizul Shariman Mat Yusoff argued that the group that mounted the protest should not be regarded as an illegal organisation.

‘The Abolish ISA Movement is a coalition comprising 83 registered NGOs and political parties,’ he said.

Separately, human rights group Suaram issued a statement saying it would lodge a police report against the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Musa Hassan, for curtailing the protesters’ freedom of assembly.

Video Perhimpunan Mansuhkan ISA

Protest crackdown draws flak
/ Aug 2, 09 1:56pm

The government faced criticism for arresting hundreds of people and using tear gas and water cannon to break up a protest against laws that allow for detention without trial.

More than 60 of the 589 people detained in yesterday’s protest, which saw at least 15,000 people massing in chaotic scenes in downtown Kuala Lumpur, were still in custody today according to media reports and lawyers.

“I experienced first-hand the indiscriminate police use of tear gas and its corrosive effects,” said DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang who took part in the protest.

Lim accused Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan of ‘wreaking personal vengeance’ against him and other Pakatan Rakyat leaders for the Parliamentary Roundtable last week calling for a new IGP to create a safe Malaysia.

Najib slammed

He also condemned Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak over the heavy-handed police response, which saw 5,000 officers including riot squad members play a cat-and-mouse game with protesters through city streets.

“Is this an indication that the Najib premiership is going to be the most draconian of all prime ministers since independence in 1957?” he asked.

Najib had criticised the protest plans, saying that he had already promised to review the controversial legislation after taking office in April.

Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, who is charge of the police force, reportedly said the Internal Security Act (ISA) could be amended as soon as the next parliament session.

But the opposition and rights groups are calling for the colonial-era ISA – which has been used to detain government opponents as well as suspected terrorists – to be abolished.

Latifah Koya, a lawyer for the detained protestors, said that police were continuing to hold senior opposition lawmaker R Sivarasa, as well as the wife and son of an ISA detainee. Two other children were also in custody.

“We totally condemn the police action. People who merely wore T-shirts with an anti-ISA logo were also arrested. We demand their immediate release,” she told AFP.

‘People want change’

Rights campaigners also condemned the police response.

“Aliran is appalled at the determined effort by the police to crush the peaceful march,” said P Ramakrishnan, president of Aliran.

“Thousands of concerned and caring Malaysians have undertaken this march out of a patriotic duty to highlight their revulsion for the ISA which has gained notoriety for the mindless use of this law by the Barisan Nasional.”

Political analyst Khoo Kay Peng said that the results of 2008 elections, which saw a major swing away from the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, showed Malaysians were demanding greater freedoms.

“The people want change. If the Barisan Nasional wants to remain in power they have to listen to the people who desire liberty and respect for individual rights,” he said.

“They took to the streets because the government has not provided an alternate platform to engage the people,” he said.

Khoo said the coalition, which has struggled to claw back support since the landmark 2008 polls, faced defeat at the next general elections if it failed to introduce democratic reforms.


In political retaliation, police remand children over ISA rally PDF Print
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Sunday, 02 August 2009 15:25
By Wong Choon Mei, Suara Keadilan

In a move smacking of political vengeance and in gross violation of international rules on children’s rights, Malaysian police have detained three youths aged 16 and below without giving any reasons, neither allowing their parents nor legal counsel access to them.

Despite a barrage of civil society leaders, children NGOs and lawyers rushing to the scene, Prime Minister Najib Razak’s administration has refused to give an inch, even forbidding the government-run welfare department from assisting in the case.

“The children are being used as bargaining chips. It is a violation of the International Convention of Children’s Rights of which Malaysia is a signatory,” human rights lawyer and PKR communications director Jonson Chong told Suara Keadilan.

On Friday, police arrested 16-year old Faizudin Hamzah at the central station at 11.55pm. They did not give any reasons. Yet the magistrate went ahead and gave a 4-day omnibus remand order without seeing the boy, who was sleeping when he was detained.

The other two youths – one aged 16 and another only 13 – are being taken to the Bukit Jalil police station where they will be remanded.

Growing civil unhappiness, rising police brutality


It is believed that the arrests were part of the police crackdown against the mammoth anti-Internal Security Act rally held on Saturday.

Ten of thousands of Malaysians from all walks of life and all parts of the country had flooded the city centre to hold a peaceful demonstration against the oppressive law. They wanted to present a memorandum to the King but were crushed by unprecedentedly harsh police violence and attacks.

The authorities began setting up massive roadblocks on Friday night to corral the city, causing a traffic gridlock unseen for years.

Throughout Saturday, sirens tore into the air and round after round of tear gas and chemically-laced water were fired without any consideration for the health or safety of the crowds, who were mostly peaceful and whose aim was merely to be a part of a democratic march to better their society.

In its 49th year, the ISA allows the Umno-BN government to detain civilians especially political foes for indefinite periods without trial. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department was defiant, refusing to show any remorse for the display of brutality.

“As long as Barisan Nasional is leading the government, the ISA will not be abolished,” Nazri told reporters on Saturday.

Who will be responsible?

Unsurprisingly, while the police used their batons on the anti-ISA groups, they allowed representatives that supported the continuance of the law to hand their letter to the King’s aide.

Such is now the level of bias openly extended by the police and other key institutions including the courts to Najib’s regime – a main factor for the rising civil unhappiness as Malaysians disdain the deteriorating quality of fair-play in their country.

Meanwhile, welfare officer Daing Terpateh Khairi would only repeat that he could not help the children without getting the green light from the police.

Faizudin has been placed in a cell with adult prisoners, bare-footed and made to wear inmate uniform. No investigating officer has come to see him yet. Neither has any statement been recorded from him so far.

“This is terrible. It is the welfare department’s duty to come immediately to the scene, but they are saying they don’t have any instructions from the police to do so,” said an irate lawyer at the scene.

“Who will look after these kids then? They are now in jail with all the adult criminals. Who will guarantee their safety, who will be responsible? Will PM Najib take responsibility if they are beaten or even raped by the hard-core ones?”

ISA Rally: Women Detainees (updated)

Yang masih berada di Balai Polis Bukit Jalil:

Nashihah Sharif

Siti Zalina Rahim

Nurul Ain Ghazali

Umi Kalsom Wahab

Maizon Ahmad

Hayati Samad

Norlaila Othman

Rajmuni Sabu

Nadia Ariffin

Salmah Ismail

Nashitah Mohd Nor

Hamidah Karim

Khadijah Arifin

Sumayah Zulkifli

Sodekah Ariffin

First 5 women already in lockup.

Mereka akan dibaicarakan pada jam 11.00 pagi ini (2 Ogos 2009) di Balai Polis Bukit Jalil.

Ketua Wanita KEADILAN telah berjaya masuk menziarahi sebahagian mereka di lokap Balai Polis Bukit Jalil, khususnya EXCO Wanita Salmah Ismail dan Hayati Samad semalam hingga jam 2 pagi tadi.

Lebih 400 mereka kesemuanya yang tertangkap diberitakan telah meneruskan agenda Perhimpunan Mansuhkan ISA dari dalam lokap!   Laungan reformasi bergema di sana!


Protesters play cat and mouse with cops
/ Aug 1, 09 2:30pm

Police fired tear gas and water cannons today at more than 20,000 demonstrators who took to the streets to protest against controversial internal security laws.

In chaotic scenes in downtown Kuala Lumpur, some 5,000 police including riot squads arrested scores of protesters as they gathered at rallying points across the city including two mosques – Masjid Negara and Masjid Jamek – and the Sogo shopping complex.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Mohd Sabtu Osman told Malaysiakini that a total of 589 people for taking part in the protest, aimed at pressuring the government to abolish laws that allow for detention without trial.

“We just wanted to disperse them, so we used water cannon and tear gas to do that,” he told AFP, insisting the police action was not heavy-handed.

Among the detained were top opposition figures including R Sivarasa, vice-president of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s PKR.

Anwar, who took part in the demonstration and said he was also tear gassed, denounced the police action as “unwarranted” and said it reflected badly on new prime minister Najib Razak.

“Najib has shattered his nice-guy image by allowing the police to act so brutally,” he told a hastily arranged press conference.

Najib denounced the protest plans yesterday, saying it was unnecessary because he had already agreed to review the Internal Security Act (ISA) which allows for detention without trial.

“He should have spoken to the opposition leaders to ask them to call off the gathering if he was serious about carrying out the reforms that he has promised,” Anwar said.

Demonstrators played a cat-and-mouse game with police who attempted to prevent them from massing at the rallying points, darting into side streets before regrouping and marching through the streets.

At least 75 rounds of tear gas were fired and water cannons were unleashed at the Sogo shopping complex where the main crowd of some 10,000 people had gathered, intending to march on the royal palace.

The sustained police offensive sent the huge crowd scattering, with many coughing and choking from the effects of the gas.

10-point memo to the king

Organisers said they wanted to present a 10-point memo to the king including demands for the abolition of the Internal Security Act, the closure of a camp where detainees are held, and an inquiry into all deaths in police custody.

At the national mosque, at least 50 detained, opposition legislator Siti Mariah Mahmud from PAS, criticised the arrests of protesters as they attempted to enter the mosque.

“This is not reasonable. It’s prayer time and this action is a breach of our religious freedom and duty,” she said.

When prayers were completed, those who had managed to enter the mosque streamed out, joining a crowd of at least 5,000 which began marching before also being confronted by tear gas and water cannons.

There was traffic chaos in Kuala Lumpur, as trains halted stops at affected stations and police roadblocks caused snarls that left many shoppers stuck in the city.

The ISA legislation, a hangover from colonial days, has been used against government opponents as well as suspected Islamist terrorists.

“We are here to fight for the ISA to be abolished,” said Yati Ali, 45, one of some 100 women and children standing in a group outside the Sogo complex.

“We don’t fear arrest. ISA is a cruel act, we are fighting for justice,” she said.


Live dari Perhimpunan ISA Kuala Lumpur (Updated)

Hidup Rakyat!

Sejak semalam polis telah mengenakan sekatan trafik yang menjadikan lalulintas penuh sesak tidak berkesudahan sehingga larut mlam.

Rakyat hari ini akan menyatakan pendirian mereka dengan jelas.

Helikopter sudah sedia di angkasa rendah untuk menyelia bumi Kuala Lumpur…

Ikuti blog ini untuk berita-berita selanjutnya…


Sekatan jalan raya oleh pihak polis sehingga ke Negeri Sembilan.


Cuaca mendung di Kuala Lumpur dan tanda-tanda jerebu juga jelas.


Polis telah melepaskan pemedih mata di Masjid Jamek.


Dari Nashita GMI: Kami dikepung polis dan SB di depan Pertama Complex. Amar diprovok untuk mebuka baju!


Lebih 70 orang telah ditangkap.


Dua orang Exco Wanita KEADILAN telah ditahan polis.


Dari Nadia: Kami ditangkap, mama, nadia, 3 orang adik perempuan dan Juwairiya. Selain itu lelaki seramai 30 orang juga ditangkap. Kami diasingkan, lelaki dan perempuan ke dalam dua buah lori dan telah bertolak dalam black maria. Tiba di balai polis Dang Wangi.

10,000 rakyat sedang menghala ke istana.


Polis Raja di Malaysia telah diperalatkan oleh Barisan Nasional. hari ini rakyat disakiti oleh keganasan polis dengan restu daripada Menteri Dalam negeri dan Perdana Menteri. Kebangkitan rakyat tidak akan dapat disekat dengan polis dan simbahan air asid. Laungan reformasi bergema di sepanjang Jalan Tunku abdul rahman petang tadi.

Hidup Rakyat!

Hidup Rakyat!


20,000 rally in city centre, tear gas fired
Malaysiakini Team
Aug 1, 09

LIVE REPORTS [Photo Gallery]

7.20pm: City police chief Mohd Sabtu Osman said that a total of 438 people were arrested as of 6pm, of these, 37 were women and 38 juvenile.

Most of them have been taken Cheras police district for questioning where lawyers have been barred from meeting them.

Mohd Sabtu was also reported as saying that the police were investigating 11 individuals, including PKR chief Anwar Ibrahim, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, DAP leader Lim Kit Siang and GMI chairperson Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh.

7pm: The situation seems to have returned to normal in the city centre. The police are still weeding out small pockets of protesters from regrouping – at times firing small rounds of teargas at the gathered people.

Some of the main roads leading to the city centre are still closed, causing a massive traffic jam for vehicles heading into the city.

Meanwhile, at Istana Negara, a sole representative from the pro-ISA group, Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz, submitted a memorandum backing the controversial law to the palace’s guardhouse.

5.58pm: There are still some pockets of protesters at the Masjid Jamek area. The police try to disperse them by firing tear gas, with some being fired into the Masjid Jamek LRT station. People are taking cover in the mosque.

5.40pm: Most of the protesters have dispersed.

5.13pm: Another round of tear gas and water cannon is fired at the remaining small crowd at Sogo. The same treatment is also given to disperse another packet of a small crowd near Maju Junction, which is located a few hundred metres away from Sogo.

5.05pm: The crowd at Sogo has dispersed with only a small group still lingering about.

5pm: Deputy General of Police Ismail Omar said the situation was under control and stable.

“We will reopen roads in stages,” he added.

He also said that more than 200 people had been arrested today.

4.55pm: The police have removed four FRU units and one jeep of personnel from Istana Negara to provide back up at Sogo where some thousands of protesters have regrouped.

The police are firing tear gas and water cannons to disperse them.

Meanwhile, Istana Negara is still heavily guarded by police.

4.49pm: The police have moved away from the PAS building after being denied entry.

4.45pm: Police are at PAS headquarters trying to gain access into the building but the doors remain closed as party officials are refusing to allow the police in.

It could not be immediately ascertained why the police want to gain access into the party building.

Three FRU trucks are also stationed outside the building.

Several top Pakatan leaders, including Anwar, are still inside the building. Also inside are leaders of GMI which organised the rally today.

4.30pm: Protesters numbering more than a hundred are still mulling about at Masjid Negara while about 10,000 are still lingering near Sogo.

The police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd at Sogo.

However, things are calm at Pasar Seni with no protesters around. The police are however keeping a watch.

4.10pm GMI president Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh in his press conference at the PAS headquarters declared the rally as a massive success despite not being able to submit a memorandum to the King.

He claimed that the rally had attracted about 100,000 people although eyewitnesses put a more conservative figure of closer to 20,000.

Anwar Ibrahim also spoke at the press conference, saying that the message from the people was clear – that they were against the ISA.

4pm: Eyewitnesses reported that about 50 to 70 people have been arrested by the police near Bukit Aman. They are waiting to be taken to a police station.

The police are also continuing to arrest people near PAS headquarters with at least 10 nabbed so far.

3.53pm: The police have started firing tear gas and water cannon to forcibly disperse the crowd, estimated at 5,000, from opposite PAS headquarters.

3.45pm Pakatan leaders urged the gathered crowd to disperse peacefully.

Earlier there were short speeches by PKR chief Anwar Ibrahim, DAP leader Lim Kit Siang, PAS president Abdu Hadi Awang and others.

The Pakatan leaders have adjourned into the PAS headquarters where they are expected to give a press conference shortly.

3.38pm: Pro-ISA protest group leader Rahimuddin Md Harun stopped by the police near the Public Bank in Jalan Tun Sambanthan at about 2.45pm while on his way to submit a memorandum to retain the ISA to the palace.

3.35pm: In Pasar Seni, PAS Youth exco member Mohd Sani Amzan declared the demonstration a success despite the police crackdown.

He said even though the protesters could not march to Istana Negara, the opposition Pakatan Rakyat will send a delegation later today to hand over the anti-ISA memorandum to the king.

“We believe that we have managed to stage a very successful demonstration as about 80,000 people have gathered and shown their support against ISA.”

Several police officers came and asked the crowd to disperse.

3.30pm: Anwar Ibrahim is giving a speech to the crowd at PAS headquarters.

3.20pm Bandaraya LRT station located next to Sogo has been closed. Earlier the Masjid Jamek station was also closed.

3.29pm: Two anti-ISA protesters who managed to break the heavy police cordon to reach Istana Negara have been arrested.

3.27pm: Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang and Abdul Hadi Awang are also heading to PAS headquarters now.

More than 2,000 people have gathered at the party headquarters, blocking the road, thus stopping the FRU from coming close.

3.25pm: The police are still firing tear gas from Jalan Raja Laut towards the Chow Kit direction near Sogo.

Some segment of the protesters are also heading towards PAS headquarters located in nearby Jalan Raja Laut.

Meanwhile a water cannon truck has been dispatched from Istana Negara to one of the hotspots.

3.20pm: Subang parliamentarian and PKR vice-president R Sivarasa was just arrested near Sogo. He is being dragged away to a police depot.

Meanwhile, the crowd is slowly re-gouping at Pasar Seni, Masjid Negara, Masjid Jamek and Sogo.

3.08pm: Volleys of tear gas are fired everytime the riot police see a crowd.

“We are here to fight for the ISA to be abolished,” said Yati Ali, 45, one of some 100 women and children standing in a group outside the Sogo complex. “We don’t fear arrest. ISA is a cruel act, we are fighting for justice,” she told AFP.

3.07pm: Top Pakatan leaders including Anwar Ibrahim (PKR), Lim Kit Siang (DAP), Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS) Sallahuddin Ayub (PAS) and Tian Chua (PKR) are seeking shelter from tear gas inside Pertama complex.

3.06pm: All is quiet in Istana Negara. Police on stand-by.

2.58pm: The Sogo crowd has dispersed following the teargas attacks, only for a small group to reconvene near the Coliseum cinema. Even this group was sent packing by the police’s water cannons and teargas.

2.55pm: Ousted Perak menteri besar Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin (photo) is in Dataran Merdeka.

He said top Pakatan Rakyat leaders will gather at Masjid Negara before going to Istana Negara.

2.42pm: There are now two major anti-ISA crowd. The police have started firing tear gas and used water cannon to disperse the crowd coming down from Sogo to Dataran Merdeka.

At the same time, the police are also still firing tear gas at the crowd near Bank Rakyat.

2.41pm: The Sogo crowd is now moving towards Dataran Merdeka. The Federal Reserve Unit is waiting for them further up the Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman with tear gas and water cannon.

2.40pm: The police have fired volleys of tear gas at a group of protesters stranded at the roundabout near Bank Rakyat and Bank Negara.

This group was trying to march towards Padang Merbok after their route to Sogo was blocked by the police.

2.39pm: The crowd holds a sit-in protest between Pertama complex and Sogo. GMI leader Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh gave a speech, demanding the repeal of ISA and freedom for all detainees.

2.30pm: Eyewitnesses say that a crowd of about 10,000 have gathered at the Dang Wangi junction opposite Sogo with more joining in despite a strong police barricade along the way.

2.20pm: The crowd from Masjid Negara and those from Dataran Merdeka – numbering some 2,000 – have been blocked by the police at the Jalan Raja/Jalan Tun Perak junction from moving towards Sogo.

The crowd has decided to move towards Padang Merbok located along Jalan Parliament.

There is a also sizeable crowd gathered at the Jalan Kuching flyover near Bank Negara.

2.14pm: A few hundred protesters start marching from Sogo towards Dataran Merdeka. The police give chase.

Meanwhile, 200 people in Masjid Jamek attempted to move towards Sogo along Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman. It appeared that the Masjid Jamek crowd is seeking to meet up with protesters in Sogo.

They were confronted by a wall of riot police backed by water cannon. Another round of chemical-laced water fired.

2.12pm: The police are in full gear at Istana Negara, not allowing anyone to approach the palace. They have also dispersed a small crowd which had gathered at a road behind the palace with tear gas (right).

2.10pm: Mohd Khairul Azam Abd Aziz, who is legal advisor of the Malay NGOs Coalition, said that the pro-ISA groups have decided not to march Istana Negara but instead will try send a small delegate in vehicles to the palace to hand over a memorandum.

2.01pm: About 2,000 people have come out of Masjid Negara to march to Dataran Merdeka first before heading towards Istana Negara. The police have started arresting the marchers.

2pm: The police have started arresting people at Masjid Jamek after they failed to disperse despite being given several warnings.

The crowd is trying to get out of Masjid Jamek to march towards Istana Negara.

Eyewitnesses say several rounds of teargas were fired into the crowd.

1.50pm: The police are asking the congregation at Masjid Jamek to disperse at the end of the afternoon prayers session.

At Masjid Negara, the crowd size is about 1,000 people now, including PAS leaders such as Hatta Ramli and Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad. At least 25 people have been arrested at Masjid Negara so far.

1.45pm: The police arrest three protesters in Masjid Jamek with a bag containing black-and-red anti-ISA T-shirts. The trio are made to hold up the T-shirts from the bag and pose for press photographers. It is not clear whether the bag belongs to them.

“Raise your head,” said a police officer as the photographers snapped away.

1.44pm: KL CPO Muhammad Sabtu Osman visits Masjid Negara and said that a total of 157 people have been arrested around the city as of 1.30pm.

1.41pm: There was some light-hearted moment in Masjid Negara when two ‘sexy’ girls attracted the attention of the crowd. They were allowed to enter the mosque without any hindrance.

1.40pm: The police are forming a police line about 100 metres from the palace along the road which leads to KL Sentral.

1.40pm: About 25 people who have been arrested in Pasar Seni are being held in a police truck. An earlier truck with 29 detainees left for the police station about 40 minutes ago. This brings the total of people arrested in the Pasar Seni area to 54.

1.37pm: At least 10 people have detained at Masjid Negara. The size of the crowd at the mosque is about 500.

Meanwhile city police chief Muhammad Sabtu Osman was reported as saying that four buses believed to be from Terengganu were stopped from entering the city.

1.36pm: The police are allowing people to enter Masjid Jamek for afternoon prayers. Many people are streaming in to pray.

1.36pm: At Pasar Seni, 15 more people are arrested. They appeared to be anti-ISA protesters, despite that the area is to be a meeting point for the pro-ISA crowd.

1.28pm: Anti-ISA movement leader Norlaila Othman and her child, along with several other leaders of the movement were among those arrested near the Sogo area earlier today. Also arrested were PKR’s women’s wing leaders Salmah Ismail and Hayati Abd Samad.

Meanwhile, the front entrace of Sogo shopping centre has been closed.

1.24pm: Two men have been arrested at the Masjid Negara compound for having anti-ISA T-shirts. The police are also randomly checking bags of people. The crowd size inside the mosque now stands at 500.

1.22pm: The police have taken full control of the Masjid Jamek area by dispersing everyone.

Meanwhile at Masjid Negara, the crowd size has swelled to about 300 and over at Pasar Seni, the police are continuing to weed out suspected protesters. Eyewitnesses said that PKR leader Zaid Ibrahim was spotted inside the Pasar Seni.

Traders at Pasar Seni have shuttered their business due to the anxiety caused by the police action.

1.21pm: According to KL chief police officer Muhammad Sabtu Osman, nearly 200 people have been arrested in various parts of the city as of 12.15pm.

1.11pm: The police have beefed up their presence at Masjid Jamek with 40 additional personnel. The busy Jalan Tun Perak has been sealed off as well.

There are about 300 people at the area at the moment and the Light Strike Force Unit are dispersing them.

1.10pm: The situation at Istana Negara is rather subdued compared to the other hotspots. However there is a heavy police presence at the palace, along with some journalists.

1.01pm: The size of protesters at Masjid Negara has gone up to about 200 now. People are coming into the mosque in small groups.

1pm: Number of people arrested at Masjid Jamek stands at 14 now. A police officer has warned the people to disperse.

“This is an area under police surveillance. If you are arrested by mistake, don’t blame the police,” he said.

12.56pm: According to the police, 30 people have been arrested in the Pasar Seni area. A police truck carrying those arrested leaves for the Cheras police district headquarters.

12.50pm: The police have closed the main Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman from Sogo departmental store to Dataran Merdeka stretching for about 1.8 kilometres. Both are gathering spots for anti-ISA protesters.

12.47pm: Reports are saying that Masjid Jamek has been closed to the public. Only police personnel are being allowed into the mosque. So far 12 people have been arrested in this area.

Meanwhile over at Masjid Negara, the 20 anti-ISA protesters are waiting for their colleagues to join them. Another group is now joining them.

12.40pm: Lawyer Puspawati Rosman has been released by the police. She was arrested 10 minutes ago, handcuffed and placed in a Black Maria at Masjid Jamek.

12.40pm: According to an eyewitness, Padang Merbok, which is one of the meeting points for pro-ISA protesters, was devoid of people. Three police trucks were seen in the area.

According to a Special Branch officer, the pro-ISA protesters may gather only in Pasar Seni. A total of 21 people have been arrested there so far.

12.37pm: The police have also deployed canine units at Dataran Merdeka. At least two police dogs were spotted.

12.31pm: The first group of 20 anti-ISA protesters arrived at Masjid Negara. They entered the mosque without any problems.

12.30pm: Lawyer Puspawati Rosman (left) from the Legal Aid Centre has been arrested. She was arrested outside the centre at Jalan Tun Perak, near Masjid Jamek.

No reasons were given by the police for the arrest however it is believed she was arrested for handing out pamphlets detailing the rights of those arrested.

12.25pm: About 10 people, including two women, have been arrested in the Masjid India area. More people could have been arrested in the Masjid India bazaar but this could not be confirmed.

12.20pm: Total number of alleged protesters arrested at Sogo departmental store now stands at 17. Police are warning people to disperse. Sogo is one of the starting points for the anti-ISA protesting group.

12.16pm: There are no people at Istana Negara. The main road to the palace is closed. Heavy police presence here, with at least 11 police trucks.

12.15pm: The situation at Masjid Negara is calm.

There are about 20 tourists, believed to be from Germany, the US and Taiwan, visiting the mosque. Reporters and photographers are waiting for action to happen. Police are also on standby.

There are also tourists snapping photos in Dataran Merdeka (above).

12.12pm: Another few more people were arrested in Pasar Seni, bringing the total figure to 16.

One of those arrested is believed to be from Seremban. When his friends challenged the police on the reason why he was arrested, a police officer said that the arrest was made under section 27 of the Police Act for illegal assembly.

Another of their friend, who had a black T-shirt in his bag, was also arrested. “He was not even wearing the black T-shirt. Why is he arrested?” asked one of the protesters.

12.12pm: Five more people have been nabbed at Sogo, bringing to total the number of people arrested here to 16.

12.04pm: A road leading to Masjid Negara has been closed by the police but the national mosque remains open. The anti-ISA group is supposed to gather at the mosque at 2pm.

12.03pm: A total of 11 people have so far been arrested in Pasar Seni area. Kelana Jaya parliamentarian Loh Gwo Burne arrives. A helicopter could be seen hovering above the city since early this morning.

11.59am: Four more arrested at Sogo shopping complex.

11.52am: About 100 people, believed to be anti-ISA protesters, are holing up in the old KTM main station just opposite the Masjid Negara.

11.50am: Seven people have been arrested outside the Sogo shopping complex in Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman. There is a very strong police presence in this area, which is one of the gathering points for the anti-ISA protesters. Police have ordered the people gathered here to disperse.

11.48am: Six people arrested in Masjid Jamek and they were bundled into police trucks.

11.32am: Eight suspected anti-ISA protesters were also arrested in Pasar Seni in the city centre at 11am.

Two of them wore red T-shirts – the colour of the anti-ISA movement. There were also pro-ISA protesters milling in the area.

One of them was Mohd Khairul Azam Abd Aziz (photo), who is legal advisor of the Malay NGOs Coalition.

11.01am: The police have arrested 36 people at the Masjid Negara and KL Sentral this morning ahead of the anti-Internal Security Act mass rally.

According to human rights group Suaram, 14 members of the PAS Unit Amal who are to help with security at the rally were arrested as they arrived at the main train station from Perak and Malacca at about 7am.

“Another 22 individuals have been arrested in Masjid Negara. They are sending to IPD Cheras by two police trucks,” said Suaram coordinator Wong Chai Yi.

She called on the police to stop harassing Malaysians from exercising their right to assembly.

“We demand the police to allowed the mass rally against the draconian ISA to be held as scheduled in Kuala Lumpur at 2pm later today by the Abolish ISA Movement.”

Semua ahli PAS wajib ke perhimpunan menentang ISA esok, 1 Ogos

PAS wants all members at anti-ISA rally
Jul 31, 09 1:09pm

PAS has made it compulsory for all of its members to participate in an anti-Internal Security Act (ISA) rally in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow, said its vice-president Salahuddin Ayub.

He added that the party’s spiritual leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat and president Abdul Hadi Awang have given a nod for the rally, adding that the duo had decreed that the rally was not haram (forbidden in Islam).

Salahuddin urged all party members – reportedly numbering at 1 million – not to be affected by threats to clampdown on the rally.

It is expected that some 50,000 PAS members will be taking part in the gathering tomorrow.

[More to follow]

Himpunan Mansuh ISA 1hb Ogos 2009 (Sabtu)

Tak cukup Menteri…mesti bebaskan semuanya atau dakwa di bawah Akta yang sesuai…

Gov’t to free Hindraf trio and 10 others
May 8, 09 12:38pm
The government will release another
13 Internal Security Act detainees, including
three of the Hindu Rights Action Force
(Hindraf) leaders.


hindraf isa detainee r kenghadharan and v ganabatirau released 060409This was announced by Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein
at a press conference in Putrajaya.

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”.

Of the 13 to be released, six are Malaysians,
two Indonesians and the remaining five are Filipinos.

They are Zulkepli Marzuki, Jeknal Adil, Azmi Pindatun, P Uthayakumar, M Manoharan,
T Vasanthakumar, Zainun Rasyhid,
Aboud Ghafar Ismail, Sufian Salih, Hasim Talib,
Abdul Jamal Azahari Yusof Mohd Salam and Husin Alih.

After taking over the reins in April, Prime Minister
Najib Abdul Razak ordered the release
of 13 ISA detainees, including Hindraf leaders
V Ganabatirau and R Kengadharan.

‘Mas Selamat detained under ISA’

The three Hindraf leaders still in detention
are P Uthayakumar, T Vasanthakumar and M Manoharan.

Manoharan is also the state representative
for Kota Alam Shah in Selangor. He won the
seat from behind bars in the last general election.

The five were detained in December 2007 after
mounting a massive street protest which saw
tens of thousands of Indian Malaysians taking
to the streets.

On another matter, Hishammuddin today
confirmed that alleged
Islamic militant leader Mas Selamat Kastari
has been captured and is being held under ISA.

“Mas Selamat is under our detention and is
being investigated right now. He was planning
something which allows us to arrest him,”
Hishammuddin said.

“He is under ISA,” he said.

Is it a diversion tactic?

In an immediate reaction, Hindraf chairperson
P Waythamoorthy welcomed
the release of the three Hindraf leaders but
urged the government to release all remaining
detainees and close down the detention centre.

“I also hope this is not an eyewash to divert
the people’s attention from the ugly episode in Perak yesterday,” he said when contacted.

Waythamoorthy, who is Uthayakumar’s younger
brother, is presently in exile in London following
the government crackdown on Hindraf.
The movement was banned last October.

Meanwhile, Manoharan’s wife S Pushpaneela was
elated with the news of her husband’s impending release.

“I can’t believe it. My children and I can’t wait
to see him free again. Now he can serve
the people who voted him in as the state
representative of Kota Alam Shah,” she told Malaysiakini.

Manoharan won the seat while in detention
but in recent days he is said to have grown
frustrated of being unable to be able to serve
the constituency.

He has also expressed his
to quit the seat
but his release now will surely alter his plans.

[More to follow]

Hero after hero…the BNs don’t see it, do they? (Updated)

ISA detainee Manoharan mulls resignation
Rahmah Ghazali | May 2, 09 5:00pm
Hindraf legal advisor M Manoharan, who is under ISA detention, has today confirmed that he is considering quitting his Selangor state seat of Kota Alam Shah.


manoharan and kota alam shah state seat selangorIn a statement issued by his wife S Pushpaneela, the ISA detainee said he regretted his inability to effectively serve his constituents over the past 14 months given his incarceration at the Kamunting detention camp in Taiping, Perak.

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

“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 there from.”

Pushpaneela, who met her husband in Kamunting today, came out from the detention camp at around 4.15 pm.

Two days ago Malaysiakini reported that the detained assemblyperson was considering giving up his seat due to his frustration of not being able to physically serve his constituents, quoting an unnamed close source.

Contested under the DAP ticket

Manoharan was detained under the ISA on Dec 13, 2007 along with four other top Hindraf leaders.

He then contested under the DAP ticket for the Kota Alam Shah state seat in Selangor while in custody and defeated BN-Gerakan’s Ching Su Chen by 7,184 votes.

karpal singhHowever, Manoharan will only make the official decision after a meeting with DAP chairperson Karpal Singh on May 19 at the Kamunting Detention Camp.

According to the statement read out by Pushpaneela via telephone with Malaysiakini, her husband has “exhausted all avenues” to seek his release and all the efforts have been in vain.

“I have written a letter to former 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 (to gain my freedom),” said Manoharan.

hindraf isa detainee r kenghadharan and v ganabatirau released 060409Apart from that, he added, his applications to attend the state assembly sittings have all been rejected by the Home Ministry.

“(Instead), I was forced to apply for leave from the ministry,” he said.

Furthermore, Manoharan also expressed his frustration over the ISA advisory board and its panel members “who have all rejected my pleas for my release”.

“The High Court has dismissed my three habeas corpus application and the Federal Court have dismissed all the three appeals from the High Court.

“So all the efforts (I have made) have been to no avail. I am very disappointed that this had happened 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 the 12,699 voters,” he said.

Wife: It’s only so much I can do

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.

manoharan wife hindraf deepavali message 281008 s pushpaneela 2Even 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.

Manoharan’s threat to quit has put Najib on the back foot.

The prime minister has lambasted the opposition for forcing by-elections for no good reasons after Penanti assembyperson Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin resigned from his Penang state seat last month.

In this case, Manoharan is arguing that he has compelling and legitimate reasons to quit, unless of course, Najib releases him from ISA detention.

The Kota Alam Shah seat is one of the three seats which falls under the Klang constituency, also held by DAP. It covers Klang town and surrounding areas.

Related reports

‘Let my constituents elect new rep’
My 500th day under ISA

K Kabilan | Apr 30, 09 11:47am
Kota Alam Shah state representative M Manoharan, who is under the Internal Security Act detention, is believed to be considering quitting his seat, Malaysiakini learnt today.

A source close to the detained lawyer said that he was growing frustrated over his inability to serve his constituents.

“He also realises the pressure he has put on his wife to work as his representative in his absence,” added the source.

manoharan wife hindraf deepavali message 281008 s pushpaneelaHis wife S Pushpaneela (right) has to juggle her time in taking care of their four young children, his legal office and his constituency, added the source.

Manoharan was detained under the ISA on Dec 13 in 2007 along with four other Hindraf leaders.

He was a legal advisor for the movement, which has since been banned by the government.

He then contested under the DAP ticket for the Kota Alam Shah state seat in Selangor while in custody and defeated BN-Gerakan’s Ching Su Chen by 7,184 votes.

Various appeals to the government and judicial reviews in courts to seek his freedom have been unsuccessful.

In his absence, Pushpaneela and several volunteers have been taking care of the constituency with the help of some DAP leaders.

“However, the workload is just too much on her. She is after all not the elected representative and there is only so much she can do for the people,” added the source.

Manoharan is now believed to have decided that it would be better for someone else to do the job as the state assemblyperson in Kota Alam Shah.

Wife meeting him on Saturday

When contacted, Pushpaneela refused to comment on the matter.

“I can’t say anything until I have met him at the Kamunting detention centre this Saturday,” she said.

“Please wait until Saturday for further information on this,” she added.

kota alam shah selangor state seat 300409If Manoharan steps down from the seat, it will pave the way for the seventh by-election in the country after the March 2008 general election.

As it is, a by-election is just around the corner – for the Penanti state seat in Penang, which will be held on May 31.

That seat became vacant after its PKR’s representative Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin quit on April 16.

The Kota Alam Shah by-election, if it happens, would be the first in Selangor and for DAP.

Pakatan has 36 seats in the state assembly as opposed to 20 held by Barisan Nasional.

The decision by Manoharan to step down, if it materialises, would come as a shock to state leaders as this was one seat which they had not anticipated a by-election.

The state however came close to hold a by-election for the Bukit Lanjan state seat held by PKR’s Elizabeth Wong after semi-nude photos of her were circulated in public earlier this year.

That did not materialise after Wong decided against resigning the seat.

Will BN contest?

A by-election in Kota Alam Shah would also put BN in a quandary as the coalition’s chairperson and Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had recently lashed out at elected representatives from the opposition for quitting their seats for flimsy reasons.

najib deneis allegations of buying state assembly person 260209 01Najib had argued that the nation was better off spending money on fighting the ongoing financial crisis than wasting it on by-elections.

Worried that the ruling coalition will suffer its fifth consecutive defeats in the Peninsular, BN is contemplating not contesting the Penanti state seat. However, a final decision is expected on Monday.

The coalition may take a similar stand on Kota Alam Shah if the seat becomes vacant.

“But in the case of Manoharan, it is not that he does not want to serve his constituents. It is the decision of the government to hold him under detention, thus disabling him from performing his duty,” said the source.

“There is no way Najib can call Manoharan’s reason to quit as being flimsy. He (Manoharan) is after all seems to be thinking for the benefit of his voters,” added the source.

The Kota Alam Shah seat falls under the Klang constituency, which is also held by DAP.

st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } Meanwhile Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim denied that Manoharan was going resign from his state seat.

Speaking to reporters in Shah Alam, he brushed aside the resignation talks as speculations.

And in Penang, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng refused to comment on the matter.

It is completely and absolutely unacceptable…

My 500th day under ISA
P Uthayakumar | Apr 26, 09 7:55am
Today April 26, 2009, marks my 500th day under Umno’s captivity without being charged, tried or found guilty in a court of law. I suppose this is ‘justice’ for me, an Indian ethnic minority and human rights lawyer of 18 years.


Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s continued unilateral decree is that I be made to serve a jail sentence of two years and indefinitely thereafter under his regime. There are prisoners here at Kemta Kamunting, Taiping, serving their eighth year of their ISA sentences.

p uthayakumar sedition trial 030209 01But I have no regrets. I know in my heart that every day of my imprisonment will liberate and open up a thousand new minds against Umno’s atrocities and injustices in their marginalisation, discrimination, suppression, oppression and the exclusion of Indians from the mainstream of national development in Malaysia.

Today, I have grown 500 days older. Today, I have lost 500 days of my precious freedom. Today, it is 500 days since I shaved my beard or combed my hair to protest my ISA detention. Today, it is 500 days since I have been made to wear the very same two pairs of dark blue baggy pants and white restaurant waiter-like prison uniform.

My left foot

On Jan 31, 2009, I had accidently injured the last toe of my left foot, which had gotten worse because of my long standing diabetic condition. From day one of my injury, I had repeatedly asked to be treated at the Gleneagles private hospital as I no longer have confidence in the independence of government-service doctors, which I believe had been compromised by the Home Ministry and its Special Branch police officers.

Under protest, I agreed to be treated at a government hospital on Feb 3, 2009. As I had anticipated, the doctor refused to admit me despite my swollen leg and blackening left foot condition. The doctor told me there were no hospital beds and neither did she want to refer me to an orthopedic surgeon or a consultant physician, as well as a cardiologist to treat my silent heart attack during my ISA detention.

No cast was put on my leg. No medication was prescribed. This doctor told me that my leg would heal on its own. My suspicion was confirmed when the doctor, who had written my medical notes in a police file, gave it back to the police officers accompanying me.

brickfields uthayakumar hindraf 280209 marching to stationBy the second week, my leg got even worse and despite repeated pleas, the prison authorities refused to take me even to a government hospital, which I agreed to go under protest. I had lodged four police reports but again zero action was taken. Even my statement was not recorded.

The worst case scenario ran across my mind. I may lose my left foot. For the first time, I realised that as a lawyer, I could not even save myself. There was nothing I could do, I was a prisoner.

But even then, I had thought to myself that should the worst happen, I would put on a prosthesis (artificial leg) and keep walking. I feel that at the end of the day, it was the prayers held at scores of Hindu temples nationwide by supporters of Makkal Sakthi that had actually saved my leg and ensure my well-being in prison.

Surviving on bread and biscuits

On March 22, 2009, I found pieces of beef in the chicken sambal served to me. Mohamad, a Pakistani national, and Abdul Sarjon, a Sri Lankan national, and fellow detainees who worked at the prison kitchen confirmed that chicken and beef were cooked in the same pot after which the chicken was scooped out and served.

uthayakumar interview 051207 pausedI immediately lodged a police report. But again nothing happened as usual. But had it been the other way round – the victimisation a Malay Muslim – a different set of rules would be applied by Umno.

But I suppose this is all part and parcel of PM Najib’s One Malaysia policy. One Malaysia, two systems. Since that day, I have refused to consume cooked food from the prison kitchen in protest against the violation of my religious rights in contravention of Article 11 of the Federal Constitution. As a Hindu, I do not consume beef. I am now surviving basically on bread and biscuits.

Throughout these 500 days, there was never a single day that I ever regretted starting and spearheading this struggle. I believed in justice, including for the minority ethnic Indians, in Malaysia.

In these 500 days, I have refused to meet any of the Special Branch officers who came to meet detainees once in every two to three months to “plead for my release”. I have done no wrong and I am not prepared to beg for my freedom. I had earlier also refused to meet Umno’s home minister, knowing fully well that my release from prison is in his hands, for the very same reason.

My biggest satisfaction and what keeps me going in prison is the true and sincere spirit of the struggle through Hindraf’s Makkal Sakthi.

brickfields uthayakumar hindraf 280209It moved me to see thousands of Hindraf supporters who had braved FRU’s tear gas and water cannons, who were roughed up and beaten by the police, arrested, handcuffed, thrown into jail, prosecuted in court and bravely standing up in the dock to face possible jail sentences, losing their jobs, and with their wife and children suffering.

All these sacrifices, just for a public cause to put to an end to Umno’s racism, religious extremism and exclusion of the Indians from the mainstream of national development. To all of you, I salute you and I am proud of you. Makkal Sakthi Valga.

I miss my freedom

I am suffering from this imprisonment daily. I miss my freedom. I miss my family, my wife and children.

But I am prepared for the worst, even if it means another 500 days or more of imprisonment. I will do this just for the cause of Hindraf. Umno can imprison me but they cannot imprison the forces of Hindraf’s Makkal Sakthi.

Makkal Sakthi was the tipping point in the March 8, 2008 general elections. It was the triggering factor which resulted in Umno/BN losing two-thirds majority in Parliament as well as political power in four west-coast states.

Makkal Sakthi once again showed its prowess at the Bukit Selambau and Bukit Gantang by-elections. I never, even in my wildest dream, thought I would see Makkal Sakthi forces to this extent in my lifetime.

gantang by election 040409 hindraf candle light vigil kamunting isa detainees09I am no Mahatma Gandhi or Nelson Mandela, but Umno has to understand and accept that it was the genuine grievances of the people – the pent-up pain and suffering, misery and heartache – that brought about the unprecedented 100,000-strong Hindraf rally on Nov 25, 2007.

Please be patient. Umno will not change, but we will change Umno in the 2012/2013 general elections. We will put an end to Umno’s bully tactics and its rule by fear. We have waited 52 long years.

Please be patient. In another three or four years, there would hopefully be a new beginning, a new political structure and a Malaysia with equality and equal opportunities, including for the Indians. A Malaysia where the Indians would be a part of the mainstream in national development.

Every day and every moment of my imprisonment, my thoughts and prayers are with Makkal Sakthi. I have plans for our further struggle. Please pray for my freedom, and for Umno’s end of its rule so that justice will finally prevail.

Umno may have punished me with this 500 days of imprisonment but you, the Makkal Sakthi, will in turn punished Umno/BN where it hurts them most – the ballot box.

God bless.

P Uthayakumar
Kamunting Detention Camp, Perak