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PM Asks AG To Consider Dropping Attempted Murder Charges Against 31

Contributed by Anonymous on Saturday, December 15 @ 10:11:45 CST

National: Politics
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has asked Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail to consider the appeals by 31 people who took part in an illegal demonstration in Batu Caves last month, to drop the attempted murder charges against them.

Abdullah, who is also Internal Security Minister, said he had asked the AG to decide on the matter as soon as possible.

He said he sympathised with the 31 charged and believed that they were misled by the group which was behind the illegal assemblies in the federal capital and in Batu Caves on Nov 25.

He said the 31 detained had also rejected the extremist group and promised that they would not take part in any activities organised by the group in future.

"The AG had informed me about this as representation had been made to him.

"This shows that many people had been misled by the group. I pity I told the AG to please consider the representation and decide on the matter as quickly as possible," he said after chairing the Umno Supreme Council meeting here Saturday.

Yesterday, MIC president and Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu conveyed the appeals made by parents of the 31 Indians detained without bail for charges of attempted murder, to the AG. A policeman was injured in the illegal demonstration.

Samy Vellu said the parents also requested MIC's help to secure the release of their loved ones.

Thirteen Indian-based non-governmental organisations which met the prime minister yesterday over problems faced by the Indian community, also appealed for the attempted murder charges against the 31 to be dropped.

On the arrest of the five extremists which was deemed wrong under the law by DAP chairman Karpal Singh, Abdullah said this was incorrect.

"The law allows the minister to act under Section 1 of the Act (ISA) after he is satisfied with the investigations carried out," he said.


Disregard Rumours Of Racial Clashes - Abdullah

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has urged the public to disregard rumours of possible racial clashes in the capital tomorrow.

Abdullah, who is also Internal Security Minister, denied rumours that Malays would congregate in Kampung Baru while the supporters of an extremist movement known as the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) would gather in Batu Caves.

"They are mere rumours. The Malays have not said anything about holding any gathering tomorrow. As far as I know, there's none," said the Umno president after chairing the Umno Supreme Council meeting here Saturday.

Rumours of racial unrest happening tomorrow are being spread verbally, via SMSes and over the Internet.

The prime minister said the police would take appropriate action against those bent on undermining national security and harmony.

Abdullah admitted that existing multimedia laws were not enough to curb such SMSes.

The prime minister said the most effective mechanism to stop lies and rumours was for everyone to be responsible for their actions and to always be mindful of the country's interests.

"All of us should assume responsibility when it comes to issues related to the country's peace and security or those that may give rise to anxieties, anger or perhaps reckless actions.

"We need to exercise caution. Don't spread lies," he said.

Abdullah said the recent street protests had caused losses to many people, including traders, hoteliers, taxi drivers, bus companies and restaurants.

He said the Umno Supreme Council had come out in support of measures taken by the government to safeguard the country's security and public order, including the move to detain five people under the Internal Security Act on Thursday for their involvement in an illegal rally on Nov 25.


Global Indians Gather In Kuala Lumpur For Convention

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15 (Bernama) -- More than 1,000 people of Indian origin from all over the world gathered at the Putra World Trade Centre tonight for the start of the three-day Ninth Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) International Convention.

MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu who launched the meet, spoke on the achievements of Indians in 110 countries, including Malaysia.

He told the assembly of leaders of industries, business communities, academicians, diplomats and political leaders , that there should be an effective networking, partnerships and collaborative actions between people of Indian origin around the world.

"We can strategically build effective networks and partnerships within us for global advantages," said Malaysia's Works Minister, Samy Vellu.

Among foreign political leaders present were Sri Lanka's Community Development Minister P. Chandrasekaran, Estate Infrastructure Deputy Minister Muthu Sivalingam and Constitutional Affairs Deputy Minister Jagetheswaran, and Justice and Human Rights Minister Jayarama Valayden of Mauritius.

Samy Vellu said that in many parts of the world, the Indian diaspora has excelled in education and professional capacities, economic and business ventures, political and civil society activities.

"In so doing, it has contributed greatly to the nation building in their respective lands where they participate as active and responsible citizens," he said.

"In the past, People of Indian Origin (PIO) were stereotyped as diligent service providers, such as teachers, lawyers, engineers, doctors and nurses. Over the last 50 years, they have emerged as successful entrepreneurs and have provided leadership in a few sectors in their respective nations," he remarked.




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