First the police charged some Hindraf supporters for attempted murder of a cop. Then none other than the Attorney General Abdul Gani himself, so conspicuously absent from the far more drastic Altantuyaa Shariibuu case, fronted up to lead the prosecution against the Indians charged.
Bail was refused for those ‘dangerous’ Indians who are deemed a threat to national security - Abdul Gani had alleged that Hindraf had links with Tamil separatist movement Tamil Tigers from Sri Lanka, which reminded me that one high profile bloke, one of the accused in the Mongolian murder case was allowed bail, at least for a short while. Another murderer sentenced to death was pardoned and even rehabilitated, going in and then out of prison with his Datuikship fully intact.
Now, Malaysiakini informs us that the government is piling further pressure on HIndraf by claiming that the movement was linked with terrorist groups. See the Malaysiakini nes article titled IGP: Hindraf linked to terrorist groups.
The IGP said that Hindraf organiser of the Nov 25 rally in Kuala Lumpur was trying to solicit help and support from terrorist groups.
Now which is which, the AG said Hindraf had links with Tamil separatist movement Tamil Tigers from Sri Lanka, while the IGP contended that the Hindu protest movement was trying to solicit help and support from terrorist groups?
Hindraf organiser Uthayakumar who vehemently rejected the accusations, said: “I am not surprised he said that. Yesterday in court, the attorney-general linked us with LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) and today this.”
“Can I say that the IGP and AG are soliciting help and support from al-Qaeda? I am sure I will not be allowed to get away with it, but they will (by making the accusations).”
Of course the authorities in Malaysia can get away with all sorts of rubbish, and worse.
The IGP claimed that the police had been monitoring Hindraf since July 28 and in the course of the investigations discovered that the movement was active in fanning racial sentiments among the Indian community by stirring up their anger and arousing hatred against the government.
Well, in Malaysia, almost everyone fans racial hatred. Hasn’t former Malacca CM, Abdul Rahim Tamby Chik just recently done that – see my post Abdul Rahim Tamby Chik's Ketuanan Melayu via machete - case of 'inexperience'?
So IGP, will you be consistent and take action against Abdul Rahim Tamby Chik who was active in fanning racial sentiments among the Malay community by stirring up their anger and arousing hatred against the Indians, or will he be exempt from your vigilant grasp because of his inexperience?
The IGP added that Hindraf had made 'false, baseless and slanderous' allegations that the government had marginalised the Indians.
Should a public servant, a police officer, be making such a political statement of opinion?
No, don’t answer that – ‘twas only a rhetorical question because we all know the answer!
Then this beats it all – the IGP alleged that Hindraf masterminded the opposition of a group of Indians against a local authority for demolishing Hindu temples built illegally.
WTF is wrong with that – isn’t that part of our cherished national ideology of demi agama? Or is the ideology only applicable to some?
Again no, don’t answer that – ‘twas only a rhetorical question because we all know the answer!
Malaysiakini reported that, “according to Musa, Hindraf had defied the law and went ahead to stage the Nov 25 street protests because its real motive was to create chaos in the federal capital. But instead they twisted the incident and accused the police of using force on their supporters. They also cheated the Indians who attended the illegal gathering when they did not hand in the petition to the British High Commission despite having the opportunity to do so."
You know, the government can say anything they like, including the sun rising from the west.
The real story has been that, typically the authorities had initially sneered on Hindraf as nothing more than a pathetic fringe group – the standard arrogant and complacent look-down attitude of “hey, they are nothing more than Indians a la MIC, PPP and those various splinter elements of these parties - hahaha, tong tambi bising sangat lah” – but the authorities were caught with their pants down when amazingly, Hindraf could mobilise 30,000 protestors for their campaign march.
But if you look at the long simmering frustration, anger and hopelessness the Indian Malaysians have been suffering all through the decades, you’d understand why the Hindraf march exceeded all expectations, including those of the government.
Now that they have allowed the Indian genie to emerge from the lantern and demand (not offer) his three wishes, the authorities are determined to force the jinn back into the flask, by crushing any such ‘democratic ideas’, to intimidate in draconian fashion if necessary.
Yes, throw a few of those Tamil buggers into ISA detention, an unaccountable piece of legal instrument that is good in each application for two years, and worse, renewable at the whims and fancies of the authority.
The flogging must continue until morale improves.