Dec 13 – Five Hindraf leaders namely; P. Uthayakumar, M. Manoharan, R. Kenghadharan, V. Ganabatirau and T. Vasanthakumar has been charged under the Section 8 (1) of the ISA and it was reported that they will be held for two years.
The Hindraf memo was totally absurd and they would have been made a public laughing stock had the government approached the matter more objectively rather than to embark on a media brain washing campaign over the last week and finally invoking the ISA on these five guys. The government has done nothing but made martyrs out of these previously unknown characters.
Any sane Malaysian would have concluded that the Hindraf Memo was a case of gross exaggeration.
If we were to review the Memo, I think Hindraf has grossly distorted the truth when they made claims of “Ethnic Cleansing” in Malaysia, “Mini Genocide”, statistics of one person killed in police custody every two weeks or that they have sent hundreds of letters of appeal.
By imposing the ISA on the Hindraf leaders, the government has taken the easy escape route and avoided their responsibility to the rakyat who appointed them.
The government should have taken the golden opportunity to bring Hindraf to Court and charge them openly for sedition, of which the Hindraf leaders are likely to lose due to their own undoing. I felt that the government would have won the case easily and proved to the rakyat that it is fair and transparent. Such action would have restored public confidence and shut the critics up permanently.
Putting the five guys under ISA would only make the rakyat question the motive of the government even more. What were they trying to hide? Such action would make the normal unassuming and docile rakyat who has no interest in politics to suddenly start thinking and asking;
Hey! What’s going on?
I think the government just did it-self a huge disfavour.