Saturday, May 9, 2009

Hindraf trio released from ISA - Star

May 9, 2009 By CHAN LI LEEN

KAMUNTING: Internal Security Act (ISA) detainees M. Manoharan, K. Vasantha Kumar and P. Uthayakumar have been released from the Kamunting detention camp.

Manoharan and Vasantha Kumar, leaders from the banned Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) left the camp at 2.30pm in umarked cars.

Twenty minutes later, Uthayakumar left the camp.

M. Manoharan (left) and K. Vasantha Kumar (right) have been released from the Kamunting detention camp at 2.30pm Saturday.

Earlier, several ISA detainees were also believed to have been released from the Kamunting detention camp.

The first batch were seen leaving in an Immigration Department van at about 12.40pm on Saturday while more left in an unmarked van which was accompanied by four cars about 40 minutes later.

Meanwhile, IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan confirmed that all 13 ISA detainees slated to be released were being freed Saturday.

The five local ISA detainees were being released with conditions. If they flouted any condition, they would be hauled back in, he said.

The eight foreigners have been handed to the Immigration Department for deportation to their respective countries.

It is learnt that five of them are alleged Abu Sayaff members while the other three are suspected Darul Islamiah members.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein had announced on Friday that 13 ISA detainees would be released soon.

On Saturday, several family members of two Hindraf leaders were also present at the camp.

Among them were K. Vasantha Kumar’s mother, R. Manomani 62 and his sister K. Parameswari, 37 and P. Uthayakumar’s fiancee S. Indradevi.

“I am very relieved and very happy. I have a flu but I had to come and see my son,” said a tearful Manomani.

Press members, meanwhile, started gathering outside the camp as early as 8am.

1 comment:

Khun Pana aka johanssm said...

Hindraf is not really my cup of tea as they are racial base.
It is time for Hindraf to fight the ISA and to stand up for all Malaysians.
We do not want to see any more groups defending the rights of certain race. As this is the same as mca,gerakan ,mic or miup.
If Uthayakumar intention is to set up an Indian political party then it is a waste of time.He better join the mic or goes back inside Kamunting . This will be safer for PR supporters and leaders.

PR states are only one year old (except Kelantan).Uthayakumar have the nerves to say that PR did NOT lift a finger to help.
While all of us fights for their release and even donated funds to their families during their ISA imprisonment. Untahayakumar did not even say thank you to small people like me here and but talk bad about DAP and PKR immediately upon his release .

He expects miracles to happen overnight from PR but failed to mention 50 years of agony under bn.
Hindraf will not last long and will disintegrate soon if they have such leaders with extreme tunnel vision.

Hopefully the supporters of Hindraf will be able to think about their future as Malaysians and NOT just as Tamils or Indians.
While i admires his strong will but his soul is no longer pure.