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    Uthayakumar in court for sedition

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 20 — Hindraf leader P. Uthayakumar appeared in the Jalan Duta courts today, facing a charge of sedition for allegedly publishing seditious materials in a letter addressed to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown last November.

    The Internal Security Act detainee’s trial, which was scheduled to begin at 9am in front of Sessions Court judge Sabariah Othman, was delayed as she ordered the court to stand down until Uthayakumar, a lawyer, was produced in court.

    The four-member prosecution team, led by DPP Raja Rozela Raja Toran, said it would be presenting four witnesses today. Uthayakumar is represented by M. Manogaran and N. Surendran. He was among five Hindraf leaders detained under the ISA last December for their role in the movement.

    The defence asked the court to stand down slightly after 11am as they wanted to speak to their client

    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/i...t-for-sedition
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    Syed Hamid defends Hindraf ban

    I love this Syed Hamid fellow. He never ceases to cheer me up with his mastery of double-speak and his talent for stretching the truth. I think he will have a starring role in a Hollywood production of 1984 -
    http://www.george-orwell.org/1984/index.html, or
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...25623984168940

    Syed Hamid defends Hindraf ban
    S Pathmawathy | Oct 23, 08 3:43pm
    Peace-loving members of the Indian community would not have an issue over the government’s ban on the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), said Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar.

    I think I got of support from the Indian community who are peace loving,” he told Malaysiakini in an hour-long exclusive interview at his ministry in Putrajaya on Tuesday.

    “(The ban) is not against the Indians or the Hindu religion. We have no problems with the Indians or the Hindu religion.

    “The Indian community and the Hindus have always worked very well with us,” he said when asked to comment on the ban which he had imposed on Hindraf last week.

    “It is an extremist group. It advocates and propagates hatred, inciting feelings against certain segments of the community,” he said in justifying the ban.

    “We have always lived peacefully and we have no problems but when you advocate hatred and (tell them that) the only enemies are the Malays or the only enemy is Islam...

    http://malaysiakini.com/news/91818
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    Start them young

    In line with the Government's enlightened programme to start our people involved in our prison system at an early age ....

    Police detain Uthaya's niece, 11 others
    Andrew Ong | Oct 23, 08 6:08pm
    The six-year-old niece of detained Hindraf leader P Uthayakumar was with 11 people arrested when they attempted to submit a letter at Prime Minister Department’s office in Putrajaya today.

    Vwaishhnnavi is the daughter of Hindraf chairperson P Waythamoorthy who is currently in self-imposed exile in London. Her mother K Shanti was also among those arrested.

    http://malaysiakini.com/news/91841
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    Vwaishhnnavi and mum freed late last night but insist on staying with the rest

    Vwaishhnnavi and mum freed, 10 in court
    Oct 24, 08 9:46am

    P Vwaishhnnavi, the six-year-old niece of detained Hindraf leader P Uthayakumar, and her mother K Shanti were released today after spending a night at the Putrajaya police district headquarters.

    Mother and daughter were with 10 others arrested yesterday when they attempted to submit a letter at the Prime Minister Department's office in Putrajaya, appealing for ISA detainees to be freed.

    The duo were released late last night but they refused to leave the police station and stayed with the rest.

    http://malaysiakini.com/news/91853
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    Re: HINDRAF: ACTION BY GOVT TO BE TAKEN UNDER SOCIETIES ACT

    To make sense of UMNO actions, record it and play it on fast forward. Then everything becomes clear.

    Govt action not anti-Indian
    http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/14241/84/

    Hamid also lambasted Waytha Moorthy for labeling him a "racist, extremist and liar" in response to the minister's justification in banning Hindraf.

    "I cannot be a racist as in my family there are Indians, Chinese and Malays."

    Yeah, tell that to Mahathir, Ismail Ahmad, Hishamuddin and all the rojaks in UMNO.
    ...............

    Syed Hamid: NGOs involved in Hindraf activities face action
    http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/14239/1/

    Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar ...“It doesn't matter what name they use, action will be taken...it's not an action against Indians or Hindus. This is action against groups that associate themselves with militancy and have extremist views,” he told reporters at the ministry's Aidilfitri open house, here.
    ...............

    Syed Hamid: Hindraf 10 could be jailed 5 years!
    http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/14240/84/

    Surendran said the 10 detainees and a six-year-old girl had gone to the prime minister's office to hand over a memorandum, seeking the release of all Internal Security Act detainees and to invite Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to their Deepavali open house.

    Inviting the PM to a Deepavali open house can be construed as a threat to public order.

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    Badawi: Renounce 'extremist groups'

    By definition, any group that is opposed to UMNO is deemed to be extremist.

    Renounce 'extremist groups'
    KUALA LUMPUR - MALAYSIA'S leader urged the country's minority ethnic Indians on Sunday to renounce 'extremist groups' that he said threaten national unity.

    Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's comments, in which he also promised to address complaints of discrimination, came three days after police arrested a dozen members of a banned ethnic Indian rights group.

    Indians are the smallest of Malaysia's major ethnic groups, accounting for 8 percent of the country's 27 million people, and are typically at the bottom rung of Malaysia's social ladder. Muslim Malays account for 60 per cent and ethnic Chinese 25 per cent.

    In a message marking the Hindu celebration of Diwali, or Deepavali as it is known here, Mr Abdullah called for unity and understanding among Malaysia's three main ethnic groups.

    'In the spirit of Deepavali, with the understanding that goodwill always prevails, Malaysians must remain together and not allow extremist groups and individuals to cause tensions to rise,' he said.

    http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking...ry_295150.html
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    Deepavali & HINDRAF

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    The Hindu: Hindraf and the supremacy of State

    Hindraf and the supremacy of State
    Posted by St Low
    Monday, 27 October 2008 09:40
    http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/14290/84/

    NEW DELHI, Oct 27 — Of unusual international importance is the fact that Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has, with a topical political touch, extended Deepavali greetings to the Hindus among the country's ethnic Indian minority.

    Unlike in India, where even the greetings of interest to only some sections are extended to all citizens regardless of their sub-national identities, it is customary in Southeast Asia to specify the target group on such occasions. This, of course, is not the real issue at stake now in Muslim-majority and multicultural Malaysia, insofar its two-million-strong ethnic Indians are concerned.

    The relevant point is that Najib, who has been designated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to succeed him next year, linked the mystique of Deepavali to the challenges faced by the Indian-origin citizens today. Noting that the festival marked a traditional celebration of the triumph of good over evil, Najib expressed the hope that Malaysian Hindus would, in that "spirit," seek to "resolve any problem in the best way possible." Why has he chosen to strike this line? The answer is not far to seek.

    Malaysian Indians, many of them mobilised by the recently-banned Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) for over a year now, want to keep their grievances in global focus. And, Najib is equally determined to reassert the supremacy of the state. The authorities have recently taken actions that the opposition parties in the country see as a political "offensive" against an outfit with "a core human rights agenda."

    An alternative view, favoured by the Malaysian government, is that Hindraf, which began making its presence felt at the time of Deepavali last year, is divisively communalist, as different from being merely ethno-centric. The country's social contract has fostered power-sharing among race-based political parties that are drawn from the ranks of either Malays or ethnic Chinese or, indeed, the people of Indian origin. However, these predominantly ethno-centric parties have, by and large, fought shy of readily accepting religion as the wellspring of a political or social outfit.

    A striking example is the general hostility of race-based parties in the ruling coalition towards Pas. Over a noticeably long period, Pas stridently advocated Shariah-based Muslim polity as the best model for the country. In the run-up to the recent snap general election, though, Pas publicly gave up its political patent — the advocacy of an Islamic state. This aspect clearly helped the fast-changing party endear itself to secular voters across the spectrum. And today, Pas is a proactive member of the three-party opposition alliance, the Pakatan Rakyat, at the federal and state levels. Two of the PR's constituents are multiracial in outlook, while Pas fielded an Indian-origin candidate for a state seat in the last poll.

    Viewed in this perspective, Hindraf leaders have not tried so far to distance their outfit from its religious mooring. They have instead specialised in using the Hindu temple as "a safe sanctuary" to carry forward their campaign for a "fair deal" for the Indian-origin minority. The temple, they say, is the only platform accessible to them in the face of a "state-sponsored crackdown."

    Debatable as this argument might be, especially so in the eyes of the Malaysian government, the fact remains that Hindraf, proscribed with effect from Oct 15, had not adequately disputed its “religious orientation”. On the other hand, Hindraf activists are often accused of having capitalised on the sentiments that gripped the ethnic Indians when an “unauthorised” temple was demolished, for “development” purposes, before Deepavali last year. Soon thereafter, this outfit, led by lawyers and other professionals, began articulating an ethnic Indian political agenda of seeking rights "on par" with those of the other communities.

    And, after Hindraf's campaign picked up momentum, evident during a mass protest rally in Kuala Lumpur last November, a senior Malaysian Minister apologised for the temple demolition which had served as a “flash point”.

    Five proactive Hindraf leaders — P. Uthayakumar, V. Ganapati Rao (also known as Ganabatirau), M. Manoharn, T. Kengadharan, and T. Vasanthakumar — were served with two-year detention orders last December under the Internal Security Act. The law provides for detention for prolonged periods without any formal charges and judicial trial. Another leader, P. Waytha Moorthy, who was abroad at the time his colleagues were detained, remains in self-imposed exile.

    Political speculation is rife that the current ban on Hindraf is an aspect of Malaysia's national security update, with or without reference to the ongoing preparations for a smooth transfer of power to Najib.

    On a parallel track, opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has publicised his "plans" to unseat the present Prime Minister and form an alternative administration. Sympathetic to the cause of ethnic Indians, Anwar wants the equality-agenda articulated in a non-polarising fashion in multi-religious Malaysia. In another development in the opposition camp, Pas, shedding its “Islam-exclusive” image, has now offered to mediate between Hindraf and the authorities.

    - The Hindu
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    Re: HINDRAF: ACTION BY GOVT TO BE TAKEN UNDER SOCIETIES ACT

    Hindraf's Review Adjourned, Federal Court Ordered To Write Judgment
    October 28, 2008 17:29 PM

    PUTRAJAYA, Oct 28 (Bernama) -- The hearing of an application for a judicial
    review by five Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leaders detained under
    the Internal Security Act was adjourned today because there was no written
    judgment by the Federal Court.

    Federal Court judge Datuk Nik Hashim Nik Abdul Rahman, who presided over the
    hearing, ordered the previous Federal Court panel which made the decision to
    write the judgment as the court could not proceed without the grounds of
    judgment.

    http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v3/ne....php?id=367653
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