Deepavali is just around the corner. I appeal to the authorities to please show some compassion and kindness to our Indian brothers and sisters during this festival of light.
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE !!
The six-year-old niece of detained Hindraf leader P Uthayakumar was with 11 people arrested when they attempted to submit a letter at Prime Minister Department’s office in Putrajaya today.
P Vwaishhnnavi (right) is the daughter of Hindraf chairperson P Waythamoorthy who is currently in self-imposed exile in London. Her mother K Shanti was among those arrested.
Police Watch Malaysia coordinator S Jayathas, who was also held, claimed that they had been told that they were part of an illegal assembly for having gathered near the entrance of the building.
“We were trying to obtain permission from the security guards for Vwaishhnnavi to submit her letter. They said that we were from Hindraf, but we insisted that we were ‘concerned Indians’ who were accompanying Vwaishnnavi,” Jayathas when contacted.
They are currently at the Putrajaya district police headquarters, but police chief Abd Razak Abd Majid declined comment when contacted.
Kuala Lumpur police chief Muhammad Sabtu Osman confirmed the arrest of eight men and three women during the incident. He clarified that Vwaishhnnavi has not been arrested and is in her mother’s care.
He also said the 11 are being investigated under the Societies Act. (The Home Ministry had imposed a ban on Hindraf on Oct 15, declaring it an illegal grouping.)
Contacted on her handphone while waiting for police to record her statement, Shanti said the group had attempted to submit a handwritten letter calling on Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to release all those detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) .
“The appeal letter (in Vwaishhnnavi’s handwriting) asked the prime minister to release her uncle, (and other Hindraf leaders as well as) RPK (blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, among other ISA detainees,” said Shanti.
“She said that Deepavali would not mean anything to her and all Malaysians, if they are not released.”
Shanti said the letter also included a invitation for Abdullah to attend the family’s ‘open house’ in conjunction with Deepavali.
“(Vwaishhnnavi) wrote that she would be waiting with flowers and cakes,” she added.
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 – The six year old daughter of exiled Hindraf leader, P Waythamoorthy, P Vwaishhnnavi, was detained by the police today along with 11 others who came to Putrajaya to submit a letter to the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi demanding the release of the five Hindraf leaders currently held under the ISA.
Those arrested include S. Jayathas and Waythamoorthy’s wife, K. Shanti.
When contacted, Shanti said, they were taken to the Putrajaya district police headquarters as they were trying to submit a letter to the Prime Minister, handwritten by her daughter.
“They have not told us why we were arrested,” she told The Malaysian Insider by phone from inside the police station..
In an immediate reaction, Kapar MP S. Manickavasagam, said the arrest shows that the government has not learned the lesson from the March 8 General Election and it only makes Abdullah look bad.
“They went as normal citizens,” said Manickavasagam, when asked whether the arrest was related to the government’s action to ban Hindraf.
Hindraf, an unregistered organization fighting for the betterment of the Indian community in the country was banned on Oct 15 for allegedly posing a threat to public order.
Manickavagam told The Malaysian Insider that he is still unsure of the reason behind the arrest but said he is in the process of getting lawyers to defend them.