Time For Syed Hamid Albar to Go Gracefully After all the Fumbles

Posted: November 11, 2008 in about me, Bersih, Blogroll, Hindraf, Malaysia, malaysia press, malaysiakini, Malaysian Human Rights, Malaysian Politics, Raja Petra, Syed Hamid Albar, Tamil, UMNO, Uncategorized

Can we believe this man?

1) Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar denied he lied about Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leader P. Waythamoorthy’s passport was cancelled many months ago. However there was a letter from the United Kingdom border agency saying that it had received a notice of cancellation against the passport because Waythamoorthy was being sought for “criminal charges” in Malaysia. In the letter dated Sept 23, it was stated that the British Embassy in Kuala Lumpur was notified of the cancellation on March 14.

Did Syed Hamid lie?

2) Syed Hamid Albar in justifying Hindraf’s ban alleged that HINDRAF is an extremist group and alleged that Hindraf had made statements to declare that Malays and Islam as their only enemy. This is absolutely ridiculous and a blatant lie. HINDRAF was never a religious body. It only raises legitimate rights of HINDUS and INDIANS to practise their Religion in peace and quiet under the Federal Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Hindraf had always maintained it NEVER had any problems with Malays and Muslims but had serious problems with UMNO, which is a bully, and practises racist and extremist divide and rule policies to survive and maintain its political rule in Malaysia.

Again did Syed Hamid lie?

3) Again Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar claimed that until this morning he did not have knowledge of action taken last night 9th November, by the Selangor police, to end the PJ Anti-ISA candlelight vigil and the 1st year anniversary of Bersih gathering at the Petaling Jaya Civic’s Center Park.

Did Syed Hamid lie again?

4) Met by reporters in Parliament lobby today, the minister said he has “not received any reports” on action taken last night by Selangor police to end the Anti-ISA candlelight vigil and the 1 Year Anniversary of Bersih in PJ.

Did Syed Hamid again lie through his teeth?

Anyway, if it was realy true that the cops were acting at their own breaking up the gathering while the vigilants were singing the Negara Ku, who then gave the cops the power to do what they had done?

Police also arrested a journalist/videographer from Malaysiakini who was on duty that night covering the Anti-ISA candlelight vigil and the 1 Year Bersih Anniversary.  This is not the first time they have arrested journalist on duty. I remember the last time, on Jan. 26, 2007, right in front of my eyes, at the Twin Towers, the cops arrested during THE  Protest Rally against rising costs of fuel and other consumer goods, journalist Syed Jaymal Zahiid of Malaysiakini for “asking too many questions.” Syed Jaymal was subsequently charged for obstruction of a police officer, which carries a sentence of two years in prison and possible fines. Jaymal had identified himself as a journalist and was only asking police why they were arresting the protesters. I was beside him when he asked the cop why the arrest.  And for this he got arrested.

In police custody Jaymal was beaten and assaulted. Reports of alleged assault and illegal detention have been since filed. Is this not total disrespect for press freedom?

 The release of Raja Petra from ISA detention is going to give the government major headaches from now on.


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