MIC president S. Samy Vellu today asked the government to release the five Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leaders under detention.
He said two of them should be freed sooner because one was ill and the other was now an elected representative.
He also also said that V. Ganabatirau, 34, and K. Vasantha Kumar, 34, had not been very much involved in the massive rally organised by the unregistered Hindraf in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 25 last year, which was a reason for the five to be detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
The fifth Hindraf leader under detention is P. Uthayakumar.
The MIC president said this at a news conference after opening a workshop on “Rebranding the MIC” attended by the party’s 150 divisional leaders, here.
In case, you are doubting his motive for asking the government to release the Hindraf 5,
Samy Vellu said he was doing so not for publicity or a move to win back Indian support for the party.
(MIC is the largest Indian-based political party in the country.)
“This is done in fairness, sympathy and, also, we feel that we as Indians have to do something about it. It is not a publicity stunt,” Samy Vellu said.
(Source: NST online. The rest of the story here.)
I'd like to record my support for Samy Vellu's call although if I were Samy Vellu I would have pressed for their release earlier. Much, much earlier.
In fact, I would have protested their detention under the ISA. If the government was so sure that the 5 Hindraf leaders had breached any law of the land, then the 5 should have been subjected to the processes of law.
Detention under the ISA is not a due process of law. It is unjust.
So, Uncle Samy -- do more than just call for their release. Make sure they are released. Press, press, press....