By CHAN LI LEEN (Star Online, 10/8/2008)
IPOH: Perak Gerakan Wanita has called on the Government to release leaders of the Hindu Rights Action Force(Hindraf) from detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
The call to release M. Manoharan, P. Uthayakumar, V. Ganabatirau, K. Vasantha Kumar and R. Kenghadaran, detained since last Dec 13, were among the resolutions passed during the state Gerakan Youth and Wanita annual delegates conference on Sunday.
Both Youth and Wanita wings passed their six and 12-point resolutions, mostly concerning education, national issues, corruption and the present economic scenario.
Wanita further drew attention to the problem of lack of Chinese national type schoolteachers and asked the Education Ministry to re-evaluate its hiring process so that qualified ones were not turned away.
The Ministry was also urged to be fair in its distribution of funds to government-aided schools to speed up their construction and development.
The wing also urged the Government to give a free hand to the Judiciary and the Anti-Corruption Agency to investigate government agencies without fear or favour in order to restore the people's trust and faith.
It said the Government should also pay more attention to the rising corruption within its agencies and to take stern action against those involved.
The Youth wing asked that the party's constitution be reviewed to allow for the post of deputy chief to be created at the branch, division and state levels.