Friday, October 03, 2008

"forgive him[Abdullah Ahmad Badawi] for sending Hindraf leaders to Kamunting?

I wondered hard and long why some HINDRAF members have forgiven Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for arresting and continuing to detain Uthayakumar and the other HINDRAF leaders under the ISA...
Led by K Shanti, the wife of Hindraf leader in exile P Waythamoorthy, the group handed Abdullah a teddy bear bouquet and a large Hari Raya card..."In the spirit of forgiveness during Aidilfitri celebrations, we wanted to express that the Indian Malaysians forgive him for sending Hindraf leaders to Kamunting," added Shanti, when asked about the content of the card. - Malaysiakini, 1/10/2008 - Anti-ISA activists at PM open house
I must state that I do not believe that all Malaysians - or Malaysian Indians forgive the PM for sending HINDRAF leaders to Kamunting.

I hope that K. Shanti and/or those that allegedly represented HINDRAF should not be trying to speak for all Malaysians...or Malaysians Indians.

Everyone or most Malaysians would agree to the call for immediate and unconditional release, and for the repeal of the ISA and all laws that allow for Detention Without Trial..., and am sure are angry with the act of arresting and the continued detention of HINDRAF persons and others arrested under detention without trial laws.

All in all, I must also congratulate those (both the Blogger supporters and the orange-coloured HINDRAF supporters that went to the PM's open house - for it is creative actions like this that will get media attention, embarass the wrong-doer (the PM and the Government of Malaysia) and lobby more support from the public to this campaign. And, I attach here photos of the event from Malaysiakini:-

Photo captions

pm open house 01100 01 entrance

Hindraf activist wait for about 30 minutes in line to enter PWTC banquet hall

pm open house 011008 02 hari raya card

K Shanti explains Hindraf's Hari Raya card to the police

pm open house 011008 03 police snatch card

Police trying to confiscate the card

pm open house 011008 04 crumpled card

Hindraf coordinator S Jayathas complains over crumpled card

pm open house 011008 05 teddy bear

Hindraf leader in exile P Waythamoorthy's daughter W Vwaishhnnavi holds teddy bear gift for prime minister

pm open house 011008 06 rpk supporter

Several supporters of blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin

pm open house 011008 07 anti isa

T-shirt condemning use of ISA on Raja Petra

pm open house 011008 08 buffet

Visitors to the open house at the buffet spread

pm open house 011008 09 wondering in banquet hall

Hindraf activists walk orderly in single file through a banquet hall while looking for the prime minister

pm open house 011008 10 stopped by police

The activists were stopped some 6 metres away from the prime minister

pm open house 011008 11 smiling abdullah

Abdullah smiles as he greets the activists. Looking on is his wife Jeanne Abdullah and his deputy Najib Abdul Razak

pm open house 011008 12 band of bloggers

Bloggers pose after accomplishing their mission

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