Sunday, October 26, 2008

ACT this Deepavali - for GOOD to truly overcome all EVIL..

It is Deepavali - the festival of light - when good triumps over evil...but alas for Malaysia the evil still is present and the struggle to overcome evil must continue despite the increased risks and challenges...

The evil of the ISA and Detention Without Trial still is around --- and many still languish in Detention including P.Uthayakumar, M. Manoharan, R Kenghadharan, V Ganabatirau, T Vasanthakumar and Raja Petra.

The evil of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi-Mohd Najib Razak led BN government is still around - a regime that curtails freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of expression, freedom of legitimate dissent and even freedom of assoiciation. The making of HINDRAF unlawful is so wrong. The arresting of persons who went to deliver a letter to the PM's office is also so wrong and evil.

I wonder why the Star(and some other Media) still refers to them as HINDRAF supporters - knowing that once HINDRAF has been declared unlawful by the Minister - persons claiming to be representing and/or part of such unlawful societies can be charged for commiting an offence. Just one such section that concerns unlawful society, as an example, is as follows:-

48. Acting on behalf of or representing an unlawful society.

(1) Any person who in any manner acts on behalf of, or represents, or assists, whether in a professional capacity or otherwise howsoever, any unlawful society, or any person who was an office bearer thereof as if he continues to be an office-bearer thereof, or any body which was the governing body of the society or of any branch thereof as if it continues to be such governing body, in relation to any matter, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable, on conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to a fine not exceeding fifteen thousand ringgit or both. - Societies Act 1966, section 48(1)

So, when the Media reports persons as being HINDRAF supporters...or HINDRAF leaders...or HINDRAF lawyers ....they are doing a great disfavour to these persons. Remember that the persons who went to see the Prime Minister did not go as HINDRAF but as concerned citizens calling for the release of P.Uthayakumar, M. Manoharan, R Kenghadharan, V Ganabatirau, T Vasanthakumar...
The 10 supporters of the banned Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), who were arrested outside the Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday, were released on police bail at 1pm Sunday.

They were seen leaving the Putrajaya district police headquarters at 1.30pm, accompanied by their lawyers led by Gobind Singh Deo, Shah Alam MP Khalid Abdul Samad and Kuala Selangor MP Dr Dzulkifli Ahmad.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Wira Mohammad Sabtu Osman confirmed that the eight men and two women were released on police bail and have to report here on Nov 25.

About 50 supporters and family members had gathered outside the police headquarters early Sunday morning.

Twelve people, including three women and one child, were detained on Thursday after they were said to have tried to hand over to the Prime Minister’s Office a memorandum calling for the release of the Hindraf leaders who are being detained under the Internal Security Act before Deepavali.

One of the three women picked up was K. Shanti, wife of Hindraf chairman P. Waythamoorthy, who is in self-exile in London, and the child is their six-year-old daughter Vwaishhnnavi. - Star, 26/10/2008 - 10 Hindraf supporters out on bail

Good news about the Star report is that the 10 can now be with their family and friends celebrating Deepavali...

But remember that P.Uthayakumar, M. Manoharan, R Kenghadharan, V Ganabatirau, T Vasanthakumar...and many other Hindus or persons that celebrate Deepavali are still being under the ISA and the other Detention Without Trial laws.

One thing that we could all do is send to all persons that we know are being detained under the ISA and Detention Without Trial Laws a Deepavali Card -- or maybe even just sent them a TELEGRAM...for this Deepavali expressing our solidarity with them and our hope that they be released soonest - and that GOOD shall triumph over EVIL.

The address is

Name of Detainee,
Kamunting Detention Centre
34600 Taiping

The list could be found in my earlier post.

In fact, you could also as part of your ACTION for Justice this Deepavali send an Urgent Appeal.


wandererAUS said...

A single light of evil held by Syed Hamid must be distinguished.
Let a thousand candle lights show the way to goodness, brighten the road of Freedom!

Samuel Goh Kim Eng said...

Wherever there is light
Darkness must take flight
Evil can't stand anything bright
Let's use light to remove all blight

(C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng - 261008
Sun. 26th Oct. 2008.