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.
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?