MORE PICS – Thousands Hindraf Supporters prevented - Kamunting ISA Detention Centre; Hundreds nearby Temple – 36 Symbolic Pigeons Release & Prayers
UPDATE: Dec 17 07, from Malaysiakini
Hindraf 31: AG drops attempted murder charge Soon Li Tsin | Dec 17, 07 12:12pm
- breaking news Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail has dropped the attempted murder charge against 26 Hindraf supporters.MORE
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Attempted murder charges dropped against Hindraf 31
KLANG: The Attorney-General has dropped the attempted murder charge against the 31 protesters who took part in the illegal Nov 25 Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) rally in
The charges of mischief and illegal assembly remain against 26 of the protesters, all of whom pleaded guilty at the
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MORE PICS – Thousands Hindraf Supporters prevented - Kamunting ISA Detention Centre; Hundreds nearby Temple – Symbolic 36 Pigeons Release & Prayers
Malaysiakini reported Hindraf supporters gathered near the Kamunting detention camp where the government is holding five of the movement's leaders and freed pigeons to demand their freedom and cops prevented them gathering at Kamunting detention Centre (ABOVE) . However, some 500 Hindraf supporters were allowed to gather at a temple near the detention camp where prayers and speeches took place for an hour.= == = == = =
ABOVE: a closer view of the entrance to the Detention Camp (likened to the Guantanamo Bay Center, see details H E R E )
BELOW: Even no supporters were there, police trucks & vans and personnel were on standby
free Indians held after protests Malaysia
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The five leaders (BELOW) were detained under the country's controversial Internal Security Act (ISA) that
allows for detention without trial last Thursday.
ABOVE & BELOW: After much persuasions and discussions they settled at a temple 1.5 km away from the camp and offered prayers for the release of the 31 + 5 = 36 hence the symbolic release of the 36 pigeons
At least 2,000 activists held prayers in a nearby temple for their early release after police sealed the roads leading to Kemunting camp in the northern Perak state, rights campaigner R.S. Thanenthiran told AFP. "These people are not terrorists. The government is escaping from the real issue that Indians are marginalized in
ABOVE & BELOW: The supporters in clenched fists voicing their approvals in support of the speeches made. The wifes of the detainees also spoke of their nightmares to find out that their loved ones were just simply locked up for having "done nothing wrong" in their eyes but the frightened Government have other believes and thought otherwise
Thanenthiran said "36 pigeons were freed -- five for the ISA detainees and 31 for those in prison awaiting Monday's bail application -- as a symbol of freedom for all of them," noting there were no arrests despite a heavy security presence. The 31 Indians were arrested after last month's protest outside the famous
Police used tear gas, water cannon and baton charges to break up the recent protests. Muslim Malays make up 60 percent of the population and control the government.
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Police Deter Attempt At Gathering Outside Kamunting Detention Camp
TAIPING, Dec 16 (Bernama) -- Police set up roadblocks and conducted checks at several places here and prevented an attempt by several opposition political party members and supporters of an extremist group from gathering in front of the Kamunting detention camp near here Sunday. Taiping police chief ACP Raja Musa Raja Razak said police, including Federal Reserve Unit personnel, set up the roadblocks and conducted checks from early this morning and that no untoward incident occurred. A check by Bernama revealed that several of the people had gathered at a Hindu temple in Kampung Baru Kamunting about 1.5km from the detention camp. Several small groups of people of about five to 10 people had also gathered at several nearby locations. All the groups dispersed on the advice of the police. The government had detained five people under the Internal Security Act (ISA) on Thursday for their involvement in organising an illegal rally in
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List of names given to govt; KL calm despite SMS rumours of Malay gathering
Datuk Johari said: 'We will not tolerate anyone who threatens the security of the country. It does not matter if they are professionals, civil servants or members of non-governmental organisations and religious groups.' He said those on the police list had been involved in organising gatherings with racial undertones.Datuk Johari also warned anyone spreading rumours of racial clashes that the ISA could also be used against them.
He was quoted by AFP as saying: 'My advice to those who organise street protests and rumour mongers who circulate text messages - stop it. If you don't, we will not hesitate to use the ISA. '
ABOVE & BELOW: With Police manning roadblocks on a Sunday, it was quiet on all fronts at Kampung Baru and no untoward incidents happened there
BELOW: Breakfast as usual for the folks there on a quiet Sunday despite the unconfirmed rumors circulating. Sean the Man blogging was complaining he has yet to see & receive a copy of the SMS
But it appeared to be business as usual in Kampung Baru yesterday, except for a police roadblock near the neighbourhood mosque.Dang Wangi district police chief Zulkarnain Abdul Rahman said there was no gathering. 'Our 48-hour surveillance in and around Kampung Baru showed no sign of any gathering,' he said.
But several hundred activists did gather at a Hindu temple in Kampung Baru Kamunting near the Kamunting detention centre in Perak where the five Hindraf leaders were being held. The group, which demanded the release of the five, gathered at the temple after police closed the roads leading to the centre.
ABOVE & BELOW: After much criticism of the Police handling of the rally on 25th Nov 07 in KL, the better soft approach paid off i Kamunting as after an hour the crowd willingly dispersed instead of being chased by water cannons & tear gas
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Group spokesman R.S. Thanenthiran was quoted by AFP as saying that those detained were not terrorists. 'The government is escaping from the real issue, which is that Indians are marginalised in
ABOVE & BELOW: The willingness of the POLICE to explain and exchange views with the supporters saved the day from any ugly incidents as happened in Batu Caves. They could have arrested these people for "illegal assembly" on a technicality if the law is blindly followed.
The gathering was also in support of 31 Indians arrested outside the
ABOVE: The more violent retaliation in Batu Caves when BELOW: the Police started to use "force" in the form of tear gas
They were accused of attempted murder of a policeman, and have been denied bail. Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, who is also Internal Security Minister, said on Saturday the group had voiced regret over their participation in the rally to Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail. 'I pity them. I have told the A-G to please consider this representation of theirs and decide as soon as possible,' he said.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister said he had a responsibility to act despite 'criticism and unhappiness' over the government actions. He noted that the ISA had also been used against two radical Muslim groups, Jemaah Islamiah and Al-Ma'unah, in recent years.'They are my people, who believe in the same religion. But I had a duty to carry out. What is wrong is wrong. The law is colour blind. 'You must remember that we want
= == =The Tengku more concern with the Tourists $ and doing his bit to run down one of the Hindraf leaders
Demo Leader Once Applied For British Citizenship, Says Tengku AdnanPORT DICKSON, Dec 16 (Bernama) -- Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said an individual who was among those behind the illegal rally in the federal capital last month had once applied for British citizenship. The application, which was made before the rally, was rejected by the British government. Out of frustration due to the rejection of his application, he and several others, who were similarly embittered, tried to create a disturbance to attract international attention, Tengku Adnan, who is also an Umno Supreme Council member and Putrajaya Umno division chief, told reporters after launching the division's Umno Youth election machinery here.
He said these people were not fighting for the advancement of the Indian community but for personal gain because they once asked "something for themselves" from MIC President Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu but the request was not entertained. Tengku Adnan said it was unfortunate that
Lee: Allow grievances to be heard ;
;By ARYSTLE KUAN; STAR
PETALING JAYA: The Government has to listen and provide mechanisms to deal with sensitive issues that are still considered taboo, said National Unity Advisory Panel member Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye. Being a democratic country, there must be avenues for the dissatisfied and aggrieved to air their grievances in public, he said. Lee suggested that the Government set up a national-level consultative council to deliberate on the key issues concerning the rights of all ethnic groups in
“As peace, stability, understanding and harmony are vital for nation building and unity, Malaysians must be fully conscious of the need to reject the forces of violence and extremism in all forms,” he said, adding that inter-racial and inter-religious harmony should not be taken for granted. He said it should be the wish of all Malaysians to see that there was no disruption of peace and harmony that had been painstakingly built by all the ethnic groups. “Let us not jeopardize what we have achieved so far. “Let us not allow extremism and violence in whatever form divide the nation," he said.