Sunday, December 09, 2007

Hindraf Leader Lodges Police Complaint Against Malaysia's PM, Other Officials

An ethnic Indian leader filed a police report Saturday against Malaysia's prime minister, the attorney general and police chief for claiming his protest group has possible terrorist links.

"These allegations? I just laugh at them," P. Uthayakumar told reporters after lodging the criminal report against Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and the others at a police station in a Kuala Lumpur neighborhood. Also included in the complaint are Law Minister Nazri Aziz and the state-controlled media.

Abdullah, Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail and Inspector General of Police Musa Hassan have claimed in public statements that Uthayakumar's Hindu Rights Action Force, or Hindraf, is being investigated for possible ties to terrorism, including the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam of Sri Lanka. The LTTE has been branded a terror group by the United States and European Union.

"We have got zero links with terrorism. We have got zero links with LTTE. We do not support violence. We are a nonviolent group," said Uthayakumar, a human rights lawyer, outside the police station. A dozen supporters gathered around him holding portraits of India's independence leader and icon of nonviolence, Mohandas K. Gandhi.

"I have never met anyone from LTTE in my life," he said.

The government has stepped up its crackdown on Hindraf since it organized a rally by Malaysia's ethnic Indians on Nov. 25 to protest the community's economic plight and alleged racial discrimination by the Malay majority government. At least 20,000 people participated in the unprecedented protest, which has triggered fears of ethnic unrest in this multiracial country.

On Friday, the government revoked the license of Hindraf Enterprise, a company set up by the group to receive donations. The state Companies Commission of Malaysia said Hindraf Enterprises was conducting unlawful business "prejudicial to national security and public order."

Indians form 8 percent of Malaysia's 27 million people and are at the bottom of the social and economic scale. Malays make up about 60 percent and control the government. Ethnic Chinese are 25 percent and dominate business.

Hindraf is demanding equality and fair treatment for Indians, saying an affirmative action program that gives preferential treatment to Muslim Malays is tantamount to racial discrimination.

"They have gone overboard when they say we have links with terrorism. They are trying to divert the issue of Indian grievances", Uthayakumar said.

He said he feared the government would use the allegation to arrest him under the Internal Security Act, which allows indefinite detention without trial.

In the police complaint Uthayakumar accused Abdullah and the four other parties of making "false, malicious seditious, criminally defamatory, racially inciting and inflammatory statements."

Such a complaint is usually followed by a police investigation. Criminal charges are then filed by the police against the accused if necessary.

Uthayakumar said he does not expect the police to take his complaint seriously. But he said he did it as a symbolic gesture, and challenged the government to produce evidence within 24 hours to show he has terrorist links.

Uthayakumar has also threatened to sue the government leaders for defamation to seek 10 million (US$ 2.9 million; €1.98 million) ringgit in damages. (International Herald Tribune)

***** The Attorney General has already made a public fool of himself by his illogical contention of 'attempted murder'. He has clearly shown that he is nothing more than a testes-carrying hamba abdi of the umnoputeras. As for the IGP, he too got carried away by his gratitude to the government for extending his service and made scandalous accusations which cannot be backed up with proof. In the eyes of those who can think for themselves, the entire lot of Barisan Nasional politicians long ago lost all credibility. When they speak, whether they tell the truth or blatantly lie, it is always taken with two spoonfuls of salt. For such is the reputation as hoodwinkers of those in power both at the level of the politicians and senior civil servants.

Now that Hindraf has called the government's bluff and a police report has been made, the onus is on the accusers to furnish proof of their allegations. Of course they can't because all they have done thus far is to lie and lie and lie. But I wouldn't put it past this government to 'arrange' for a few down-and-out Indian sods from somewhere, then either threaten or bribe them to 'confess' to terrorist links, produce fudged documents and by extension or association, blame these guys in Hindraf for the whole thing and lock them away. Semuanya will then be OK!
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of Hindraf’s leaders, P. Uthayakumar, was reported as saying in an interview in Monday’s edition of Singapore’s New Paper that that he would not rule out using violence.

11:14 AM GMT+8  
Blogger The Malaysian. said...

anonymous 11.14 AM you can get a clearer picture of the true context of that statement HERE.

11:30 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uthaya you tak boleh fight membabi buta. U laywer tentu tahu undang2.U kena ada satu saluran BERSIH & LEGAL. U tak bolih pakai kumpulan haram. U jgn senang2 mahu jadi hero.
U tak puas hati pasal Ethnic Cleansing. MANA ADA u BOHONG. Temple punya pasal mana bolih bikin suka2. Govt. kasi tempat baru lebih tersusun ambillah. Mana bolih temple bikin mana2 tempat suka2 saja.
Pasal religion U bukan Hindu punya wakil. Ini hal Sami2, Indian political groups, cultural groups punya hal. Pasal Indian miskin, cina melayu bengali, orang asli, Iban dayak, bidayuh orang laut banyak lagi pun miskin juga. Kalau u kata UMNO punya orang senang sama kuncu2 dia senang itu OK. Tapi you act macam samseng dan gangster, U orang kasi kita banyak susah.
U pegi S'pore U ckap macam BESAR punya Samseng. Ini u kasi orang melayu BANYAK2 MARAH.
U kena rationallah sikit. Saya ingat u banyak jealous sama LAIN2 INDIA yg sudah successful dan u pulak susah mau cari makan sebab tak banyak clients.
Do you actaually possess the required level of competence,proficiency and skils to be a good lawyer. If you do not have those then I am afraid you cant compete. Under the new world order and circumstances, people compete within the proper conduct of ethics. This is what Globalisation is all about.Pl do not globalise VIOLENCE. And start earning your livelyhood respectably and decently. Make your parents proud of what little things u can accomplish properly and legally. OK aya,acha!!!

3:34 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 3:34
Your comment is irrational, idiotic and ill-informed.
Of course since you are an unthinking follower and echo the UMNO/BN party line, you are a mere follower not a thinking leader, this narrow-minded opinion is to be expected. Consequently your remarks can be completely ignored.

5:18 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

police report? dont waste time. it will be gathering dust.
uthaya, you just sign your own sentence and I would be most surprise if you dont end up in Simpang renggam.

6:06 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Trashed said...

I think this statement by The Malaysian is really sad as it is true

"In the eyes of those who can think for themselves, the entire lot of Barisan Nasional politicians long ago lost all credibility. When they speak, whether they tell the truth or blatantly lie, it is always taken with two spoonfuls of salt. For such is the reputation as hoodwinkers of those in power both at the level of the politicians and senior civil servants."

With the arrests of people going on a Sunday morning walk today, it is a sad day for Malaysia indeed.

1:56 AM GMT+8  

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