|Hindraf wants Suhakam commissioner out|
|Syed Jaymal Zahiid | Apr 25, 08 12:12pm|
Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) lawyers have accused the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) of deceit and demanded for one of its commissioners to step down.
Lawyer N Surendran claimed that Suhakam’s report by commissioner N Siva Subramaniam was utterly incorrect in suggesting that detained Hindraf leader P Uthayakumar is fine.
"It’s a lie. The report is totally incorrect. Uthayakumar is in bad shape. He has been denied medical attention for more than a month now," he told reporters at a Hindraf gathering outside Istana Negara this morning.
About 30 supporters gathered outside the palace gates to submit a memorandum seeking royal intervention for the release of Uthayakumar and four others held under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
The memorandum was handed to a palace official by Vaishnavi, the five-year-old daughter of Hindraf chairperson P Waythamoorthy who is currently in self-exile in London.
Meanwhile, PKR Kapar MP S Manickvasagam, who was also present, claimed that Uthayakumar’s blood sugar level (right) had increased to a worrying point.
This was caused by deliberate medical negligence on the side of the government, alleged the politician.
Hindraf lawyer and DAP MP for Teluk Intan M Manogaran also lambasted the alleged denial of medical treatment, which he described as "inhuman."
"We deplore Suhakam’s report, it is a blatant lie. Siva Subramaniam must step down immediately," he added.
On Wednesday, Subramaniam, after visiting the Kamunting detention centre, said that Uthayakumar was given proper medical treatment by the authorities.
He, however, did not meet Uthayakmar or any of the other four Hindraf detainees during his visit.
Threat to BN, not nation
In their memorandum to the King, Hindraf lawyers appealed to his highness to facilitate the release of the five.
This action followed a recent media report stating that the King had consented to the government’s recommendation for the Hindraf leaders to be detained for two years [see letter below]. This decision was reportedly conveyed in letters sent by His Majesty to the five.
Manogaran stressed that the use of ISA to detain the Hindraf leaders was utterly unjust and appealed to the King to raise the matter in his parliamentary address next Monday.
"ISA is evil and the government that carries it is an evil government. We urge the King to look into the matter and justly react by releasing all of them," added Surendran.
They argued that Hindraf is not a threat to national security but to the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional.
The other Hindraf leaders under detention are M Manoharan, V Ganabatirau, R Kenghadharan and T Vasantha Kumar.
All five were detained on Dec 13 shortly after they had organised a mammoth street rally which drew some 30,000 people.