Monday, November 26, 2007

Hindraf Trio Discharged

I spent my morning with my boss in the Klang sessions court today giving my moral support to the defendants, the leaders of Hindraf who were charged by the government for sedition.

I witnessed first hand the incompetence of the government prosecutors, and the sheer contempt for our courts. Thankfully, in this instance, the learned judge, Zunaidah Mohd Idris, chose to accept simple logic, and discharged the trio - P Uthayakumar, P Waythamoorthy and V Ganapathy Rao.
  1. The Government had intended to charge the trio of making seditious statements at a forum recently at Batang Berjuntai. The speeches made were in Tamil. However, in the charge submitted, only a Malay translation was provided. In situations where language and interpretation is crucial to the fact as to the accused committed any criminality, omission of the source transcript makes the charges totally untenable.

  2. Yet, despite a specific instruction from the judge for the prosecution last week to amend the charge over last weekend to include the Tamil transcript in the charge documents. The Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) still had the cheek to turn up in court today without the necessary amendment and continued to argue against the judge's instruction. Some might argue that that's clearly a contempt of court orders.

  3. What's most laughable of course in the fact that the charge statement by the DPP specifically mentioned that the seditious words which were uttered by the accused are underlined and highlighted in the attached Tamil transcripts in Lampiran A (!) The DPP team didn't attach any Tamil transcripts and yet, made references to such transcripts in the charge documents filed with the court - if that's not incompetence, what is???!

Sigh, makes you wonder if the Government was even serious about charging them in the first place!

Anyway, once the trio were discharged, the crowd in the public gallery joined the crowd waiting nearby outside the courts and proceeded to march spontaneously to an open field next to a Hindu temple. It was Little India in Klang at noon. The crowd swelled quickly to thousands as they cheer short speeches made by various speakers.

Unsurprisingly, FRU water cannon trucks numbering at least 7 units had to move from the court house to the field. What was however, most disgraceful of the police force was the blatant attempt by the circling helicopter first, to recklessly lower itself within 20 feet of the field to intimidate and endangere the crowd. On at least 2 separate occasions, it swooped down at high speed, like an eagle catching its prey, without any concern for the crowd gathering below.

Is it then surprising that the Indian community who have been marginalised by the Barisan Nasional government for the past 50 years, to finally say, we've had enough? Will the Indian community, particularly the rural Indians, who have been rock solid in their support for Barisan Nasional in the past elections, switch their support for the opposition, particularly for DAP?


Anonymous said...


Was the HINDRAF members supporting you in your BERSIH rally before?

If I am not mistaken I dont see INDIANS in the BERSIH rally

They don't support BERSIH so why bother support their claim of becoming "millionaire Indians"?

Anonymous said...

whatever lah...

they should fight for thier rights indeed...

Anonymous said...

When KHAIRY JAMALUDDIN (evil son-in-law of the hypocrite prime minister) led an illegal street demonstration to hand over ‘a memorandum’ to Condoleeza Rice, there were no tear gas or water canons used..

So why double standard?

In this country how you would be treated would depend on your:

1. race
3. connection with the UMNO/Barisan Nasional..

Many position in government and Public university are reserved for persons who are ‘the right race, right religion or connection with UMNO’ .


Anonymous said...

I just hope those who turned up are registered voters. But Malaysia governemnt lives in denial. They don't listen and do not admit their mistakes. It started with Mahathir. Misleading the nation by not telling the truth that other nations already ovetaken Mlaysia in the last 20 years. Blaming Soros for 1997 crisis.

And the biggest joke of all, misleading the governemnt, and Malaysia school children by changing the birthdate to gain school entry.

What happened on 2511 was as Samy said Mahatir didn't do enough for the Indians.

l藍海 said...


Anonymous said...

The Times (UK) 26 November 2007

after 37 years of SPECIAL PRIVILEDGES given to the malays at the expense of the others, the ruling class is very happy to mould their race into perpetual parasites !!

jimmy lam, kuala lumpur, malaysia

The implemantation by the Malaysian govt of Bumiputera preferential rights policies is criminal also because the bumpiputra has been encouraged to believe that he can receive all manner of beneifts solelly by virtue of birth! Not a commendable state in a globalised commercial environment. In parallel the minorities are not given recognition in govt service or in general opportunities available. Apartheid true. The education system is a tool of politics and Malaysian children have suffered the consequences for 30 years. The list of grievances against the Malaysian admin, is long. Malaysian govt should stop playing the race card. ...Sad that HINDRAF protest is under the banner of religion, but this may be a beacon for other minorities.However bitter, the pill has to be swallowed for the nation and her peoples to grow.

Shivani, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysia is much more an 'apartheid state' compared to the lefties' favourite target of opprobium. Israel.
Half a century of race and religion based discrimination has marginalised and disenfranchised not only the ethnic Indians, but also the Chinese and the Orang asli, the indigenous tribes. Nothing new there, except for the fact that muslim immigration ( much of it 'unofficial') , from Indonesia ,Philippines, Bangladesh and even Pakistan has over the last two decades seen a further displacement of the poorest non-muslim minorities.

Creeping islamisation and the wanton destruction of places of worship (over 70 hindu, a few buddhist/Daoist and also a few churches of the orang asli people) by the overwhelmingly malay muslim authorities has sent tempers boiling and has been the final straw . Now a new genie - hinduism as a motivating force for an oppressed people- has been released as the inevitable blowback to islamist policies. It portends bad news for all .

M Pathy, singapore, singapore

The myth is not of multiculturalism as the people in themselves can get along . Unfortunately, the Malaysian government inter alia, practises a divide and rule policy which has left indians, as the poorest community in all aspects, consistently marginalised and selected people in govt and their friends, wealthy. Fear of government backed reprisals by police and govt agencies has kept Indians by and large silent but government has not responded adequately to indian grievances which relate to very basic rights relating to education, religion and general opportunities to work and home ownership. In a strange paradox multi-culturalism still flourishes in Malaysia and can progress provided the govt opens its eyes and grows up. Or the people take a position, which they are now.

Shivani, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysia has always given more priviledges to the Bumi Putera (native Malays). Though Malaysia goverment claimed 'Equality' and 'Ethics Stability' but in actual fact, it is far from truth. The news and evidences of discrimination are always suppressed and hidden from the eyes of the world. It's time Malaysia government do what they preached.

Bernard, Singapore,

Just exposes the fallacy behind the doctrine of multicultralism the left and Labour have tried to impose in the UK. It also illustrates the dangers of open door immigration that this Government has allowed. British society, especlally England is divided along religious and ethnic lines and faces the same divisions and conflicts that you find all over the world. From the Balkans, Iraq, Africa, the list is endless. History has proven that race and religion has never mixed on mass, yet we are repetedly told by the left and this Labour Government what a wonderful asset multricultralism is and the benefits that it brings. I personally can not think of one benefit, unless religous fundamentalism is counted as an assert. I am afraid the evidence borne out by yet again by the current events in Malaysia exposes the myth of multicultralism and the dangers now faced by this country.

chris, woodbridge, suffolk

Very unfortunate that in 21st century that people undergo racial and religious discrimination. Malaysia should be a leader country for Muslims to show what democracy means. Instead they suppress the voice of the minorities by not taking up their case and suppressing their voices. True color of Malaysia is emerging.

Siva, Muthuswamy, USA

Anonymous said...

Boycott all mainstream newspapers.
They write Rubbish and Lies.The goverment should be held responsible for all this chaos.


NST = No Shame Tyrant

Anonymous said...

Malay has less to lose with only 18% share of economy of which a lot go to UMNO crony. Chinese has the most benefit follwed by indian with so many millionaires (doctor and lawyers, MIC and anandas. So violence will not benefit chinese and india

Unknown said...


It is with heart felt warmth that i congratulate DAP, in coming out openly to support the HINDRAF movement.

Social Democrats should support all that is asking for socially accepted democratic values.

From the beginning we know that many charges against opponents of the BN are trump up charges. So no surprise that the DPP couldn't do his/her job properly.

Wheather, those in HINDRAF will translate into votes for the opposition, in particular for the DAP, will depend on people like you.

It is time that you guys to explain issues from a 3 dimensional angle rather than the 1 eye one dimensional BN style.

Anonymous said...

why is our indian protector samy malu keeping quiet?

Anonymous said...

[Many position in government and Public university are reserved for persons who are ‘the right race, right religion or connection with UMNO’]

Spot on !!!!!

MCA,Gerakan ministers are very happy and contented with ministerial posts that do not hold any clouts! Housing & Development,Human Resources,etc.

Gone are the days when Tun Tan Siew Sin held the Finance Minister's post.

Anonymous said...

I see this as the beginning of violence thru 'democratic' demonstration so alien to this country's culture. But I suppose this has to happen sooner rather than later. Thank you bloggers you've have instigated well. We can finish off where we left way back in 69' to get rid of the aliens among us for good

Sophie said...

why do u support hindraf? i have a different view on them. my humble tots --