Emergency motion in Parliament
on IGP’s allegation of terrorist links of Hindraf – call on Attorney-General
to agree to bail for 31 charged for attempted murder
by Lim Kit Siang
I have this morning given
notice to the Parliament Speaker, Tan Sri Ramli Ngah, to move an emergency
motion on Monday on the allegation by the Inspector-General of Police, Tan
Sri Musa Hassan, which Hindraf is linked to terrorists and is canvassing
for support from terrorist groups.
It will be Malaysia’s misfortune and tragedy if the government sole
concern is to indiscriminately demonize the Hindraf leaders over their
allegations of “ethnic cleansing” and genocide of Indians in Malaysia
which were not the reasons for the 30,000-strong Hindraf demonstration in
Kuala Lumpur on November 25 and use them as excuses to completely
disregard the legitimate grievances of two million Malaysian Indians at
their long-standing marginalization as Malaysian citizens.
I am shocked at the Attorney-General’s role in the escalation of such
“denial-and reprisal” response – belatedly charging 31 Hindraf protestors
for the capital offense of attempted murder of a cop and objecting to any
grant of bail, resulting for all intent and purpose of their being
immediately jailed in Sungai Buloh prison indefinitely for months on end
until the end of the trial.
If this is not a travesty of justice, I do not know what is!
Tan Sri Gani Patail must know that as Attorney-General, he is the chief
legal officer not only of the government but for all 27 million Malaysians
and he must not act in any vengeful, vindictive or bullying manner –
something which he seemed to have forgotten in the past two days in his
appearance in court over the prosecution of the Hindraf protestors.
I urge him to reconsider his objections to the granting of bail to the 31
protestors and to agree to their release on bail pending trial and to take
the personal initiative to submit such an application to the court – or he
will be doing a great injustice and disservice not only to the public
image of the Attorney-General’s Chambers, but to popular support for the
Barisan Nasional government.
My urgent motion for an emergency parliamentary debate on the IGP’s
allegation of terrorist links of Hindraf is as follows:
“That the House gives leave to Ketua Pembangkang YB Lim Kit Siang to
adjourn the House under S.O. 18 (1) to discuss a definite matter of urgent
public importance – the allegation by the Inspector-General of Police Tan
Sri Musa Hassan that Hindraf is linked to terrorists and that Hindraf is
actively canvassing for support and assistance from terrorist groups.
“The IGP alleged on Thursday that Hindraf had given a twisted and
distorted picture to the international community on the status of Indians
in Malaysia, but is the police chief committing the same offence in giving
a twisted and distorted picture of Hindraf with its allegation about its
terrorist links without furnishing any supporting evidence?
“The IGP’s allegation of Hindraf’s terrorist links without any evidence
whatsoever is a matter of grave national concern as it marks the
escalation of the hard-line denial-and-retaliation response of the
authorities to the 30,000-strong Hindraf demonstration in Kuala Lumpur on
Nov. 25 as a cry of desperation for justice by two million Malaysian
Indians for an end to their long-standing marginalization whether
political, economic, educational, social, cultural or religious.
“Criticism of Hindraf allegations of ‘ethnic cleansing’ and genocide of
Indians in Malaysia cannot be excuse or justification for the
denial-and-retaliation response of the authorities, refusing to heed the
cry of desperation by two million peace-loving and law-abiding Malaysian
Indians for a New Deal to end their long-standing marginalization as equal
Malaysian citizens or to make unsubstantiated allegations of terrorist
links against Hindraf or for the harsh and belated decision by the
Attorney-General to charge 31 Hindraf protestors for the capital offence
of attempted murder of a policeman and objecting to the granting of bail
resulting in their being held in custody in Sungai Buloh Prison
indefinitely for months until the end of their trial.”
I call on MIC President and Works Minister, Datuk Seri Samy Vellu as well
as all other MIC members of the administration, whether deputy minister,
parliamentary secretary or Member of Parliament, to signal their support
for such an emergency parliamentary debate on Monday.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman