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18
Mar
09

Press Statement

PRESS STATEMENT 7.3.09

 

 

RE: UPDATE ON WAYTHA MOORTHY’S CONDITION
 
P.Waythamoorthy had undergone an emergency angioplasty at a heart centre in London on March 2, 2009. During the said procedure, the cardiologist had found that he has a very rare heart condition known as Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC).
 
Doctors who treated Waytha Moorthy has found that he has a heart muscle disorder as a result of scar tissue and fatty formations and serious rhythm disturbance which in most cases can lead to ventricular fibrillation or sudden death. The progressive loss of muscle lead to thinning of the ventricular wall, dilation, and pump dysfunction. The above conditions are due to stress.
 
We can now confirm today that the Hospital has scheduled Monday 9th March  2009 as the date of the operation. He has been advised that he run the risk of complications during the said procedure which includes cardiac arrest, puncture of the heart and other related complications.
(Upon the request of family members, we are withholding the name of the hospital and urge his friends in the UK to understand his request for privacy).
 
In lieu of the risky heart operation that P.Waythamoorthy would undergo, and the subsequent need for him to be cared by his family member and loved ones, we call upon the Malaysian government to urgently and immediately address the following issues;

a.     The Malaysian government to issue a new Malaysian passport to replace the revoked passport to P. Waytha Moorthy and this to be made available for him or his representative to collect from the Malaysian High Commission in London.

b.    The Malaysian government guarantees the safe return of P.Waythamoorthy to allow him to recuperate with his family members and loved ones.

c.     The Malaysian government guarantees that P.Waythamoorthy will not be subjected to any arrest, harassment or charges upon his return including under those under ISA.

d.    The Malaysian government’s assurance and guarantee that he will be allowed to return to London for follow up checks and possible further operations.

e.    Lastly, the Malaysian government’s unconditional guarantee that his life will be protected from any form of persecution upon his return and no harm shall befall him.


Thank you.

R. Thanendran
National coordinator

MAKKAL SAKTHI

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29
Jan
09

NON INDIAN MP’S SHOULD PROVE THEIR ALLEGIANCE TO COUNTRY FIRST

Press Statement – BN backbenchers’ show your patriotism to the people.

HINDRAF challenges the non-Indian BN led backbenchers’ to show their patriotism towards the people they represent in moving an urgent motion in Parliament to debate the murder of a suspect in Police custody and the blatant attempt to cover up the saga by the top brass of the Royal Police Force. The whole episode is a national issue and not a racial one. It is pointless the Indian Deputy Minister (S.K.Devamany) urging the people not to turn this episode into a racial issue without the active participation of non- Indian Parliamentarians in coming openly to voice out against injustices irrespective of which race is affected.

There is no doubt there will be many fair and level minded non Indian BN backbenchers’ who can observe in Kugan’s case,  that there is clear abuse of Article 5 & Article 8 of the Federal constitution accorded to every citizen of Malaysia irrespective of race, religion, color and following.   

A backbencher’s allegiance is for the people he/she represents in Malaysia, and here we have substandard implementation of policies and rule of law that are used to shackle the people, yet the UMNO led warlords and its Royal Police Force  can continue with their coercive authority against the society’s will.    

The bullying tactic of the UMNO warlords and its Royal Police Force seems endless against the Malaysian public’s plight with their constant disregard of public outcry as they continue to see themselves as above the law of the country with their selective persecution, prosecution  and propaganda. 

It is about time, the non Indian  BN backbenchers’ pull up their  socks as Kugan’s case involves a larger cause for the society rather than an Indian issue as it cuts across the basic fundamental right entrenched in our Federal Constitution for each and every Malaysian citizen.

HINDRAF urges the BN backbenchers to initiate an Emergency Motion at the next Parliamentary session to question the flawed administration of law and justice that is prevailing in this country and call for the immediate implementation of the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Police Force.     

Any effort without fear or favor by non Indian BN backbenchers’ would at least restore some faith in the flagging trust of the public in Barisan Nasional or BN backbenchers’ would rather live in a denial mode in slavery of corruption, nepotism and cronyism alike the UMNO warlords who tramples over every basic human right afforded to each and everyone of us.       

Thank you.

P. WaythaMoorthy

 

26
Jan
09

Press statement 15th Jan 2009

Press Statement 

 

HINDRAF – UMNO led cabinet and its bigotry.      
 
In reference to the recent reporting in the mainstream media, criticism seems to mount against the report submitted by HINDRAF on the Malaysian Indian Minority Report and Human Rights Violations 2008 as the UMNO led cabinet seems more concerned in shutting out the truth.
 
HINDRAF stands by its report based on facts and figures reported in the said report and not the usual rhetoric by the popularized characters in the UMNO led mass media.  The position taken by the cabinet and its coolies only begs a question on who does it really serves, themselves or the people.   
 
There more than 30 violations and atrocities backed by researched news report and publication in this report which are purely factual but the cabinet is more concerned in its bigotry and self denial making rhetoric claims rather than addressing and tackling the issues put forward in the report.  
 
Statement such as ” we are deeply concerned with Waytha Moorthy’s action as it would have harmful effects on what we have worked for and achieved during the past several months,” by Dr Subra seems to be a veiled threat towards the Malaysian Indian community that they should keep quite and accept the lip service that had persevered for the last 52 years.  
 
Rather than playing the mandore role in silence and submission, Samy & Subra should stand up for the Malaysian Indians and voice their concern for the systematic discrimination and marginalization of the Malaysian Indians and be a true representative of the society.
 
If  UMNO disputes the report then I challenge them to have an open debate in these issues on a neutral ground ie in the UK or the USA.
 
The UMNO led government’s relentless obstinate and zealous effort to shut out the grievances is nothing new but only to salvage its own dented ego although there are clear and present human right violations of the Malaysian Indian, yet salvaging one’s own ego seems paramount against the cause of humanity.     
 
The Malaysian Indians along with those who suffer in poverty and sidelined including the majority Muslims who had suffered enough under UMNO tyranny, definitely deserves a fairer government that listens to its society and tackle their issues without fear and favor.  
 
HINDRAF calls for a United Malaysia that can rise and heed the voice for humanity irrespective of race, religion, color or creed to act upon those truth and reality that exist between us to forge us as a truly multicultural nation.     
 
 
Waytha Moorthy
 
HINDRAF – Chairman
From Chennai

25
Nov
08

PRESS STATEMENT 25/11/2008

HINDRAF calls upon all Malaysian to join hands with their Indian brothers and sister to commensurate the 1st year anniversary of HINDRAF mass rally that  highlighted the suppression and oppression of the Malaysian Indians for the last 51 years.

 HINDRAF is not dampened by the attempts of the government agents and warn the  authorities not to behave in unruly and assert violence on peaceful supporters who gather to offer prayers  for what is the truth and reality. We are committed to our continued struggle to achieve a fair and just treatment through change of policies so that everyone can be treated equally and fairly.   

HINDRAF stresses in the unity of all to show support and attend the prayers nationwide and especially Mariamman temple Butterworths and Batu Caves Selangor.

 We must remind ourselves, that November 25, 2008 brought us all in UNITY and the same UNITY is needed for HINDRAF to continue its struggle and achieve the goals for the Malaysian Indians. Our UNITY can only further increase if we continue to defuse ourselves with antipathy against another human being and work together in UNITY.

HINDRAF implores you to walk in a manner worthy of all humility, gentleness, patience and tolerance for one another to preserve the UNITY of HINDRAF in the spirit of peace and humanity. When there is UNITY, there is always victory for the people.     

There is of course the possibility of police harassment and attempts to stop individuals from attending these prayers on November 25, 2008. The public knows this and shall endeavor in their own ways to make their journey for these prayers.    

 HINDRAF calls upon the authorities and its agent to show maturity and reasonability in assisting the public as it does during festival season for those who will be attending the prayers in the temples that are sanctuaries for them to pray for the UNITY that had brought them all together.

 

P. Waytha Moorthy

Chairman

HINDRAF

20
Nov
08

UTHAYA DENIED RIGHT TO VISIT HIS HOSPITALIZED MOTHER

MEDIA STATEMENT 20/11/2008

 

RE:         UTHAYA DENIED RIGHT TO VISIT HIS HOSPITALIZED MOTHER

               and POLICE HARRASMENT OF UTHAYA’S MOTHER IN HOSPITAL   

            The oppression and suppression carried out by the UMNO led government tools ie Home Office and the PDRM towards HINDRAF never seem to cease.

P.Uthayakumar’s  mother, Madam Kalaivaniy was admitted in the hospital for eight days from  12th Nov 2008 to  19th Nov 2008   due to hypertension, high blood sugar level as well as to treat  her gall bladder.

Repeated requests were made to Kamunting Detention Centre upon her admission  to inform her son and request for permission for Uthaya to visit his mother but to no avail. UTHAYAKUMAR was not even made known of his mother being hospitalized until this Sunday on  16th Nov 2008 when his fiancée visited him.    

 In addition to this, four Special Branch officers from the Malaysian Royal Force had visited Uthaya’s mother in the hospital on 18th and 19th Nov 2008 to ascertain whether it was really Uthaya’s mother and further interviewed those nurses attended to her and asked them if they were aware that this is Uthaya’s mother.    

Even the bedridden Uthaya’s mother was not spared by this callous government agents as she was questioned and asked whether she would want her son to visit her.

The Malaysian police force has taken intimidation and harassment to new heights in questioning and interrogating Uthaya’s hospitalized mother as well as enquiring the nurses on their awareness of whether she being Uthaya’s mother. What is the relevant of this? If this is not intimidation and harassment, then I really don’t know what this is.       

Besides, does it take four Special Branch officers to verify the admission by personally visiting, questioning and interrogating hospital personnel and his mother? What a waste of public funds or is this merely another act of intimidation and harassment towards those  who seek what is fair and just.     

We urge the Prison authority at least in compassion and humanity grounds allow Uthaya Kumar to visit his mother in her residence as she is recovering from her illness and is unable to travel and was not fit to travel for the recent  Deepavali visit.   

Thank you

P. Waytha Moorthy

Chairman

HINDRAF  

05
Nov
08

HINDRAF welcome PAS’s intention to act as mediator.

MEDIA STATEMENT 04/11/2008

The UMNO led Malaysian Government in its attempt to silent the voice of HINDRAF had made this people’s Civil Rights Movement an illegal movement.

The aspiration of HINDRAF has always been to address the grievances of the ethnic Malaysian Indians who are continuously marginalized and discriminated in every aspect of socio-economic in Malaysia.  

 PAS and other political groups as well as non partisan groups have voiced their dissent against the government’s stance in declaring HINDRAF illegal as they truly understand that in reality, the Malaysian Indians are subjected to socio-economic imbalance due to unfair and unjust policies thus creating a new underclass society in Malaysia.   

 

The voice of the underclass Malaysian Indians being a minority have never been heard before until HINDRAF came along to address the genuine grievances of this mass to be treated equally and fairly.  

 

 The UMNO led government instead of engaging us to listen to the public’s grievances rather chose to silence us by fear and intimidation by unjust operation of law. This only creates further animosity amongst the Malaysian Indians toward the ruling government.  

 

We welcome PAS’s intention to act as mediator and negotiate on behalf of HINDRAF to lift the ban on HINDRAF.

 

 Along with PAS, we would like to invite matured and seasoned politicians like Tun Musa Hitam, Dato Seri On Ka Ting and Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Pairin Kitingan to participate together to act as mediator for HINDRAF in all fairness as we trust they are able understand the problems faced by the Malaysian Indians as a minority and maybe able to reach out to the UMNO led government in lifting the ban on HINDRAF.       

 If the government fails to engage HINDRAF through these mediators, it clearly shows that the UMNO led government is least interested in addressing the Malaysian Indians dilemma but rather continue their obstinate methods in further alienating the Malaysian Indian in every aspect of socio-economic development in Malaysia.      

 

Thank you.  

    P. Waytha Moorthy

Chairman

03
Nov
08

Statement by Frontline Defenders on Hindraf Ban and arrest of supporters.

Mizan Zainal Abidin ibni al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud

Supreme Head of State (Yang di-Pertuan Agong)

Office of the Head of State

Istana Negara

50500 Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

23 October 2008

 

Re: Family members of detained HINDRAF human rights lawyers arrested

 

Your Excellency,

 

Front Line is deeply concerned following reports that family members of detained Hindu Rights Action Force (HINDRAF) lawyers were amongst 11 persons who were arrested on 23 October 2008, including the 6-year old daughter of HINDRAF Chairperson P. Waythamoorthy, as they attempted to submit a letter to the Prime Minister’s office in Putrajaya.

 

On 23 October 2008, at approximately 3.15 pm, P. Vwaishhnnavi, daughter of P. Waythamoorthy and niece of HINDRAF leader P. Uthayakumar, approached the Prime Minister’s office in Putrajaya together with her mother K. Shanti, S. Jayathas, P. Taramaraju, P. Waytha Nayagi, Poobalan, R. Kannan, Mary Shanti, Bala, Rajasekaran and Ravi Sundaram. They were there to accompany P. Vwaishhnnavi as she submitted a Deepavali card to the Prime Minister in which she called for the release of all those falsely imprisoned under the Internal Security Act (ISA), including five human rights defenders from HINDRAF and also invited the Prime Minister to her home for an open house to celebrate the festival. The 11 detained persons are currently being held at the Putrajaya district police headquarters. Police Chief Abd Razak Abd Majid declined to comment on the arrests but reports indicate that the child, the two women and eight men are being held under

either the Societies Act, for participating in an unlawful society, or the Police Act, for illegal

assembly.

 

On 15 October 2008 the Home Ministry officially declared the HINDRAF organisation illegal, as a result of investigations by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) which reportedly found that ‘the organisation’s activities contravened the Societies Act 1966 and if left unchecked, the organisation could pose a threat to public order, peace, security and morality in Malaysia’.

 

Messrs P. Uthayakumar, M. Manoharan, V. Ganapathy Rao, T. Vasanthakumar and

R. Kengatharan were arrested on 13 December 2007 and charged under the Internal Security Act (ISA) of Malaysia on the grounds of threatening national security by organising a peaceful demonstration. All five human rights defenders had taken up and worked on, on a pro bono basis, many cases of death in police custody and police violence. They had filed many cases against the Malaysian Government and authorities. Chairperson P. Waythamoorthy remains in self-exile in the United Kingdom.

 

Front Line believes that the above-mentioned persons have been arrested and detained solely on account of their legitimate human rights activities calling for the release of Messrs P. Uthayakumar, M. Manoharan, V. Ganapathy Rao, T. Vasanthakumar and R. Kengatharan. In addition Front Line believes that the five members of HINDRAF were targeted as a result of their work defending the rights of the ethnic minority Indians in Malaysia. Front Line is concerned for the physical and psychological integrity of all of the aforementioned human rights defenders.

 

Front Line urges the Malaysian authorities to:

 

1. Immediately release the above-mentioned persons who were arrested on 23 October 2008, as well as Messrs P. Uthayakumar, M. Manoharan, V. Ganapathy Rao, T. Vasanthakumar and R. Kengatharan as it is believed that they are being detained solely on account of their legitimate human rights activities;

 

2. Immediately repeal the decision to ban HINDRAF;

 

3. Take all necessary measures to guarantee the physical and psychological security and

integrity of the aforementioned human rights defenders and their family members;

 

4. Guarantee in all circumstances that human rights defenders in Malaysia are able to carry

out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals, and free of all

restrictions including judicial harassment.

 

Front Line respectfully reminds you that the United Nations Declaration on the Right and

Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, adopted by consensus by the UN General Assembly on 9 December 1998, recognises the legitimacy of the activities of human rights defenders, their right to freedom of association and to carry out their activities without fear of reprisals. We would particularly draw attention to Article 5 “For the purpose of promoting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, at the national and international levels: (a) To meet or assemble peacefully”; and to Article 12 (2): “The State shall take all necessary measures to ensure the protection by the competent authorities of everyone, individually and in association with others, against any violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action as a consequence of his or her legitimate exercise of the rights referred to in the present declaration.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mary Lawlor

 

Director