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Hindraf: Anwar for PM, good job Zaid

The Malaysiakini report on the Hindraf's latest endorsement of the Pakatan Rakyat leadership, especially Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim. He also joins the growing leagion of people condemning Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar while applauding Zaid for his courage and principals.

The Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) openly backed Anwar Ibrahim to become the country's sixth prime minister for it believes that the opposition leader is the only person capable of putting the country back on the right track.

hindraf thanenthiran supports anwar ibrahim pc 160908 02Hindraf national coordinator R S Thanenthiran said if the Pakatan Rakyat supremo becomes premier, he would implement certain action plans to revive public and investor confidence.

Firstly, he said Anwar would surely abolish the draconian Internal Security Act, a tough security law which provides detention without trial.

On Dec 13 last year, five Hindraf leaders were arrested under ISA after organising a mammoth street protest in Kuala Lumpur several weeks earlier.

The five are P Uthayakumar, 47, T Vasanthakumar, 35, M Manoharan, 47, R Kenghadharan, 41, and V Ganabatirau, 35.

Last Friday, controversial blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin, DAP parliamentarian Teresa Kok and Sin Chiew Daily journalist Tan Hoon Cheng were arrested under the law. Tan was released 18 hours later.

“Anwar has assured that he will ensure a free and fair country based on equality, justice and democracy for all, something that Barisan Nasional has not given to Malaysians in its unbroken 51-year rule,” said Thanenthiran.

“He is now the best bet to instill some order to our political uncertainty. Hindraf wants him to become prime minister and safeguard the Indian community from marginalisation,” he told a press conference in George Town today.

Thumbs-up for Zaid

A former ISA detainee himself, Anwar has promised to abolish ISA and free all ISA detainees in the Kamunting Detention Camp in Taiping when he comes into power. It is estimated that there are some 80 ISA detainees.

Meanwhile, self-exiled Hindraf chief P Waythamoorthy is currently in London on a temporary political asylum granted by the British government under the Geneva Convention.

He hopes to return home once the threat of an ISA arrest abates if Anwar becomes prime minister.

“We will prepare a grand welcome at the airport if and when Waythamoorthy returns,” said Thanenthiran, adding that it’s time for the people to relish and cherish a chance to finally unseat BN and replace it with a new model of governance.

“Everyone wants good governance without abuse of power, corruption and injustice,” he said.

anwar pc on budget 2009 020908 01Anwar claims to have secured the support of more than 31 government lawmakers, enabling him to form a new administration with a slim majority.

He is now hoping for incumbent premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to allow a discussion on a smooth transition of power.

Thanenthiran also condemned the latest ISA crackdown as being against the rule of law and natural justice.

He also criticised Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar and the police for 'mocking' the country’s laws and justice.

However, he applauded de facto Law Minister Zaid Ibrahim's decision to resign in protest of the ISA arrests, and hoped that Syed Hamid would take a cue from this and also resign from the Cabinet for the ISA debacle.

I wonder, with the recent infighting and negative publicity of Hindraf, can it reinvent itself from a fractured organisation that champions of Indian rights to an organisation that represents Indians through grass roots and normal day to day occurances?