They are resolved to fight for the betterment of the Indian community and have not wavered in any way to any of
the demands made to the government in particular the 18 point demand.
will also fast from january 21 to 28th and urged all Malaysians to fast
with them for the betterment of the Indian community.
15th January the ISA Advisory Board deliberated on the allegations
against the 5 Hindraf leaders detained at the Kamunting detention camp.
They were present
with their lawyers Karpal Singh, M.Kula Segaran, A.Sivanesan,
S.Ponnumugam, M.Manogran, T. Kumar and Ram Karpal Singh.
Advisory Board was presided by Yusuf Sam and assisted by two assessors.
The Ministry of Internal security was represented by its legal adviser
The hearing is adjourned to 12 of February 2008.
Among other complaints the five want immediate attention are:
1) They want lesser hours under lock-up. ( presently
the 5 are locked up in a cell for nearly 16 hours a day.(Time of
detention between 11.30- 2.45 and between 6.30- 7.30am daily. The
guards upon locking the detainees in the cell will then deposit the
keys with to the administration officers who are quite a distance from
the detention cell. In case of emergency like fire it’s nearly
impossible to reach the detainees immediately.)
2) They don't want to be locked up like common criminals.
3) They want access to TV’s and computers
want curent books and magazines. (The resource center (library) do not
have current books and magazines. The Time magazine and Readers digest
are all of the year 2001. The center is only accessible once a week.
The detainees more current books and magazines and the center should be
opened at all days.)
want more time with theoir families. (Families can only meet detainees
fro a maximum period of 45 minutes and even then at all times there are
guards seated in the visiting room. Children of the detainees are not
allowed to be alone and or not allowed to walk with the detainees)
want outside food served. (As compared to former detainees who had
access to out side food now the 5 detainees are not allowed to eat or
the families cannot bring any food to them)
7) They want access to temples for prayers. (Presently no access to any temples although all the 5 detainees are practicing Hindus)
mercy for vegetarian. (In the case of R.Kengatheran who is a vegetarian
and who eats only Chapatti as his staple food this is not provided to
him. When asked, the Pengarah says the rules does not state any where
that Chapatti has to be provided thus many days he goes on without
eating. Kenga said “if the government knows how to detain me it should
also know how to feed me”)
Finally the 5 detainees collectively gave a signed, written sign statement which reads as follows:
“We the undersigned hereby confirm that beginning from 21st January, 2008 till 28th January 2008 all 5 detainees will go on Hunger strike for the
1) the detention of the 5 is unlawful and unconstitutional and against the universal declaration of Human Rights
2) The demands made by HINDRAF for the restoration of the Indian rights
must be immediately enforced and
3) Seek divine intervention.
Finally in the event any untoward were to befall on any one of us we hold the following parties
i) Prime Minister of Malaysia
ii) Government of Malaysia ;
iii) The silent majority referred to by the PM
detention without trial of the 5 under ISA has now put Malaysia on the
world map as one of the countires which does not respect human right
values. We hope the government will take steps to release all the 5
detainees unconditionally the soonest possible.