Despite the 12th General Elections and everyone’s merry making, I hope we will not forget the HINDRAF 5. They continue to languish inside Kamunting on ISA  charges.

See Malaysiakini.

The five – P Uthayakumar, M Manoharan, T Vasantha Kumar, V Ganabatirau and R Kenghadharan – were held on Dec 13 for exercising their right to freedom of expression o Nov 25. A right enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which ironically, Malaysia is a party to.

They were also sentenced to a two-year detention under the draconian Act, for demanding for their rights, although that included accusing UMNO and the government for racism and discrimination.

As expected, the Kuala Lumpur High Court rejected their harbeas corpus application today, re-affirming the ISA, backing the BN regime.

The detainees’ counsels Karpal Singh and his son Gobind Singh Deo was present in court among 300 HINDRAF supporters. Inspite of their election campaigns, they have not neglected their duty to the Hindu action group.

So why should we?

15 responses »

  1. Kesava says:

    A dying Priest as his last wish wants to meet Samy Vellu and Khairy, both of whom are delighted (good for their image for the GE) and turn up. The Priest holds their hands as Samy Vellu asks “Father, of all the people why did you chose us?”.

    Priest: I have always tried to model my life on Christ, who was crucified between 2 lying thieves.

  2. YennaMike says:

    Would like to seek permission to post in my blog…??

    Many thanks

  3. bamboo river says:

    They can chain me, lock me, torture me.
    They are only inflicting pain on my physical amd mental self.
    But they can never affect my spiritual self.

  4. multidimid says:

    Hindraf vowed to punish BN in March 8 general elections; Indians would cast protest vote and teach the PM Abdullah a lesson in the election. We will reject his government; A worldwide protest on the 100th day of detention (on March 22),

    Meanwhile, time is running out for Samy Vellu and he is in a state of despair. Right up to election time, he still cannot fathom the problems faced by his countrymen when he declared he would lead MIC’s elected representatives on “a state-by-state visit to find out the problems on the ground after the elections”. In the meantime he questioned Hindraf’s motive when he said

    “You want to finish up the MIC. After all who, who is going to be there? You are not a Political Party, you don’t have politics. You have a handful of 10,000 Indians with you all young people. What is your plan? What is the future for the Indians? What are you going to do for the Indians? Do you see the sick people? Do you educate the Indian youths?” More details at
    http://powerpresent.blogspot.com/2008/02/video-samy-facing-his-final-countdown.html
    and SMSes are ciculating – Not to vote MIC candidates – not credible

  5. bgees says:

    Hindraf has brought an eye opening for all the ind and other malaysians of their rights and how minority need to be treated and the power within minority which being deprest for many years by umnoputras.
    What more sobering is we could still see some Indians backing umnoputras in this poll even after been ruin all our life.
    Common Ind, we need to prove that we are not supporting descrimination, we want oppurtunities,we want peace,we want our right as citizen. Support the cause please……or we’ll be a loser forever.
    Makkal Sakthi.

  6. Malayamuda says:

    last night in Dengkil, Indians were putting up BN posters. They belonged to the IPF, people who dont have respect for themselves.

    I mean the bloody BN breaks your temples and steals your dead bodies and here you are putting up BN posters in the middle of the night.

    Indians mudah Lupa

  7. kallalboy says:

    It’s high time for Indians to show their anger…Who ever comes we still have to fight it out ourselves…Lets live with honor rather then vote for BN……If BN come to power in five years they will succesfully make malaysia new pakistan……

  8. The skeptic in me doubts that the much anticipated non-Bumi “revolt” will end in a whimper. Malaysians are simply not angry enough to vote against the BN. I hope I’m wrong, dead wrong. If the Christian churches will speak the truth to their believers then perhaps there might be a change of perception.

    http://unwantedcitizen.blogspot.com/2008/02/nagging-thoughts-allah-christians-and.html

  9. fongfengmode says:

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  10. lein says:

    Mdm, HINDRAF is DAP agent provocateur. Formed and managed by DAP.

  11. matterofchoice2008 says:

    Time to vote for Jeff Ooi and the Opposition. Exercise your right now!!

    TAK NAK TO PETROL INFLATION
    TAK NAK TO UNBEARABLE EVERYTHING INFLATION
    TAK NAK TO HIGH CRIME
    TAK NAK TO LINGAM SCANDAL
    TAK NAK TO CHUA SOI LEK SCANDAL
    TAK NAK TO CORRUPTION
    TAK NAK TO NEPOTISM
    TAK NAK TO ………….

    http://www.geocities.com/matterofchoice2008/My_page.html

    We need the check and balance for good governance.
    Please do your part. Please call upon all friends and relatives to vote for the Opposition.
    We need to send the right candidates to parliment to voice up for us.
    Penang and Jelutong voters, we need more supports to reject BN parasites going into the Parliment.

  12. yapchongyee says:

    THE TIGERS THAT LOST THEIR ROAR
    The decline of crony capitalism ( Feb./29th)
    This is a precise of the book “Asian Godfathers “ by Joe Studwell and I will keep very closely to the text by liberal quotes from the book. I thought of not commenting on this work because the arguments are so close to my own 3 part posts that I had published last week under the title of the “Year Of Change” only my article was written all about Malaysia and this one is all about South East Asia(Asean). You can read the http://www.economist.com article dated 29th/Feb., from which I had quoted most of it.
    The book examines the factors that underpinned the sharp decline of most of the S-E Asian economies, excepting Singapore.“In a recent book, “Asian Godfathers”, Joe Studwell, a journalist, examines this failure in stark terms. The region’s business scene, he says, remains dominated by old-fashioned, mediocre, sprawling conglomerates, run at the whims of ageing patriarchal owners. These firms’ core competence, such as it is, is exploiting their cosy connections with governing elites. Their profits come from rent-seeking: being handed generous state contracts and concessions, or using their sway with officialdom to keep potential competitors out. If they need technology, they buy it from abroad. As a result, Mr Studwell says, the region has “no indigenous, large-scale companies producing world-class products and services.”
    “Corruption is another great burden on business. That is true elsewhere in Asia too, but several South-East Asian countries—notably Indonesia—are afflicted by corrupt and unreliable judicial systems, making it difficult to enforce contracts.” I had written many, many posts (83 posts on my own blog. http://yap.chongyee.blogspot.com) setting out in detail how Judge Zainon binti Mohd. Ali had corruptly and incompetantly struck out my wife’s petition. The judge forced the complicity of my wife’s counsel Mr David Hoh of M/s Lim & Hoh of Jln. Bukit Bintang, KL to render my wife’s petition, COMMATOSE. We do not know how the alleged “appeal” has gone and we do not know whether any appeal has been lodged or not because Mr David Hoh has held himself and his partner father Mr Frank Hoh INCOMMUNICADO. We just got no response from our many letters that I had published on my blogg.
    Judge Zainon binti Mohd. Ali had committed the criminal offence of Malfeasance by approving to respondent Stephen Lim Cheng Ban both (1)an order for security for costs (2) later after the security for costs had been paid Judge Zainon binti Mohd. Ali approved to Stephen Lim the second Order for striking out petition. Just the fact that these two orders were made afte my wife had paid the RM.60,000 is proff that Judge Zainon binti Mohd. Ali has committed the said crime. To cap it all Judge Zainon binti Mohd. Ali FROM SHEER IGNORANCE OF THE LAW PROBABLY DID NOT THAT SHE HAD COMMITTED A CRIMINAL OFFENCE; but tough for Judge Zainon binti Mohd. Ali has no excuse because knowledge of the criminal offence is not required to be proved, bloody IGNORANCE WILL DO.
    I had also argued that Malaysia had wasted billions of ringgit to educate the children of Bumiputra, but lacking in vision Malaysian leaders hogged all the scholarships for their own children, while leaving those who do not have UMNO connection out of the loop. Therefore the Malaysians find that their choice of candidates are circmscribed by a clutchful of about 5,000 to 6,000 families. This limited choice also disadvantaged the selection of candidates to the easier academic courses in the arts and consequantly Malaysia does not have a sufficiently large pool of talents in the much needed fields of engineering and science. Here is what the author has to say “ Malaysia has also spent heavily on universities and the promotion of technology but its efforts have been stymied by the country’s messy racial politics (including preferential university places for the Malay majority) and by the handing of state contracts and concessions to undeserving government cronies. Both the lack of fair competition between businesses and the failure to widen access to education may have a common underlying cause: that South-East Asian countries remain in the grip of narrow elites.”
    The result is that there are very few Malay talents of any kind that will provide leadership that will grow their industries or provide a talent base for the growth of science and scientific innovation that is sweeping the font runner economies of India & China. In Malaysia UMNO leaders live in a bubble dream world of make belief. The incident that really cracked me up is the claim that Malaysia had produced an ASTRONAUGHT; this Malay dentist hitched a ride on the back of a Russian SPACE SHOT at the costs of at least riggit 100 million, because that was how much another SPACE TOURIST, an Iranian computer entrepreneur paid for her ride on another Russian SPACE SHOT. It is ridiculously silly to claim that this dentist is any kind of an ASTRONAUGHT because an astronaught is a SPACE TECHNITIAN and he “drives” the space vehicle and to say that this dentist is a space astronaught is really STRETCHING REALITY TO BREAKING POINT. This phenomena is stated in these terms : “This dilettantism was once summed up damningly by Michael Porter, of Harvard Business School: “These companies don’t have strategies, they do deals.” Gerry Ambrose in the Kuala Lumpur office of Aberdeen Asset Management laments that it is indeed hard to find Malaysian companies with “a business plan that will last ten years”. Because even the best-run firms often have boards and shareholder lists dominated by the founding family and their friends, it is hard to believe that their thinking will change.
    Hitherto, Malaysian companies have had a remarkable record of picking duds when they buy foreign firms. Laura Ashley, a fashion designer; Costain, a builder; Lec, a fridgemaker; and Agusta, a motorbike-maker: all were bought by Malaysian firms with less than glorious outcomes. This was also described by me in my article as fact.
    However, he says that there are hopeful signs there are “…..hopeful sign for South-East Asia’s corporate future is that it seems to be getting easier for those outside the closed circle of the politically well-connected to set up new businesses and challenge the incumbents. Mr Fernandes’s AirAsia is the prime example. Started only six years ago, the airline now criss-crosses the region with a huge network of low-cost flights. Mr Fernandes, a former music-industry man, is still frantically adding routes: he expects to be allowed to start domestic flights in the Philippines and Vietnam soon. He has started a separate, low-cost, long-haul airline, AirAsiaX, which is flying from Kuala Lumpur to Gold Coast airport in Australia and Hangzhou near Shanghai. Flights to Melbourne, Amritsar and eventually London are on the way. “In other once-coddled industries, too, governments are starting to dismantle monopolies. YTL’s Mr Yeoh says there will soon be “no hiding place” for firms trying to live from old-fashioned rent-seeking.
    The rise of China and India, with their huge home markets, may mean that it is too late for South-East Asia to become big in manufacturing. “The region already dominates some types of agricultural produce: Thailand and Vietnam are the world’s two largest rice exporters, for example. Since the region has so much coastline and so many rivers, there is much scope for expanding fish-farming and seafood production. Thai Union, a giant tuna-packer, is already in BCG’s top 100. Vietnam, the region’s rising star, has several big seafood firms which, if they can resist the regionwide scourge of diversification, may one day reach similar heights.
    But they do seem to be linked to the perseverance of narrow elites and to the countries’ sluggishness in overcoming old rivalries and building an integrated regional market. It is already too late for Malaysia to catch up to the regions major players, but at least Malaysia may want to remain a little bit ahead of the wost of them all at the bottom rank of S-E Asia. Malaysia has lagged behind because Malaysia’s economic model is built on the FOUNDATIONS OF EXCLUSION. A System that excludes 27 million to enrich an elite of some 10,000 families has no other way to go but DOWN.

  13. Samy Counder says:

    The respect for law, democracy, transparency in Government, Human Rights & Judicial Independence are values of a maturing nation.

    Respect of the law & Human Rights are integral in ensuring that the citizen feels free and save in their country. This makes for citizens who will be proud of their nation & to defend in with honour. The ISA defeats this.
    Laws seen as draconian will only anger & even brutalise the citizens.

    We have but one life & we all breath the same air; can we not get together to build a sound & fair nation that our future genrations will be proud to say……we are Malaysians.

  14. Samy Counder says:

    Note my spelling mistake ‘save’ instead of ‘safe’ ; my apologies.

  15. KALAIVANI says:

    THERE IS NO HUMAN RIGHTS TO INDIAN THAT GIVE TO OTHER RELIGION.HIGH PRIORITY GIVEN TO OTHER RELIGION BUT NOT FOR THE INDIAN.THIS THING IS NOT HAPPENING IN PUBLIC BUT COLLEGES T

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