A) New Straits Times
Another commotion by Hindraf, this time at Parliament
KUALA LUMPUR, WED:
Eleven supporters of the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) caused a commotion at Parliament today when they wanted to submit a memorandum to the Speaker seeking his intervention to have the government reactivate the passport of their leader.
The group claimed that the passport of P. Waytha Moorthy, who is now in exile in Britain, had been revoked, and as such, he could not return to Malaysia to celebrate Deepavali with his family.
Through the intervention of several leaders of the Pakatan Rakyat opposition coalition, they were allowed to enter Parliament at 10am after waiting over an hour outside the main gate.
The group then passed the memorandum to PKR vice president R Sivarasa to be handed over to Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia.
They then left.
Note: The above news report by NST was culled in toto from Bernama website which was however titled ‘Hindraf members deliver memorandum at Parliament over leader’s passport’ whilst the Nutgraph also carried the same Bernama report with the headine ‘Hindraf members deliver memorandum in Parliament’.
B) The Malaysian Insider
Hindraf alleges senior minister gave false evidence to Parliament
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22 – Hindraf sympathisers today handed over a document to the Opposition coalition which they claimed to be evidence of a senior minister providing false information in the Dewan Rakyat.
The group of 20, led by R.S. Thanenthiran, who was the national coordinator for the recently outlawed Indian rights movement, met up with several Pakatan Rakyat MPs including senior DAP MP for Ipoh Timur Lim Kit Siang and PKR MP for Subang R. Sivarasa at Parliament House today.
In a press conference, Thanenthiran told reporters that Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar had”misled Parliament and misled the nation” when he announced in July this year in the House that he had not revoked the international passport of Hindraf’s self-exiled leader P. Waytha Moorthy who is now in London.
“We have solid evidence he lied,” Thanenthiran claimed, referring to Syed Hamid.
Distributing copies of a letter to the MPs as well as to the press, Thanenthiran said they were part of an email commucation dated September 23 2008 that Waytha Moorthy’s lawyers had received purportedly from the “UK Border Agency” in response to their client’s queries.
Thanenthiran pointed out that the what the letter said was contrary to what Syed Hamid had said.
He also said Waytha Moorthy’s sympathisers had lodged 42 police reports against Syed Hamid to date.
They want the authorities to detain the Home Minister and to investigate him for statements linking Hindraf to international terrorist groups.
They called on the government to return Waytha Moorthy’s passport to him as it is his personal property and to lift the Home Minister’s ban on Hindraf.
“Hindraf is one organisation that really wants progress,” Thanenthiran said.
“Return to Waytha Moorthy his rights as a Malaysian citizen,” he added.
The Hindraf sympathisers had arrived in four vehicles including a taxi at about 11.30am. They left without much untoward incident about one hour later.
However, upon their exit from the Parliament compound, they were stopped by police who took down their MyKad details and inspected their vehicles.
They were not arrested.
Earlier upon arrival, the group had freed several pigeons in the Parliament compound in a symbolic gesture asking the government to release the five Hindraf members detained under the Internal Security Act.
C) The Star
Syed Hamid denies lying about Hindraf leader’s passport
He said there had previously been a directive for the Hindraf man to surrender his passport to the Malaysian High Commission in Britain, where he is now living in self exile.
“The order was for him to surrender his passport so that it could be cancelled and we could bring him home for a warrant of arrest to be executed against him under the Internal Security Act. However, he never went.
“I never lied. The passport was never cancelled when I gave my first statement. How can it be cancelled if he never came to the High Commission? We would need to have take it back and stamp the word ‘cancelled’ on it.
“However, I subsequently gave the order in my first meeting as Home Minister — and I am sure they would have implemented it — for this directive to be rescinded,” he told reporters after attending the Rela Hari Raya open house at Taman Warisan here on Wednesday.
“He can travel and come back to face the consequences of his action then. They (Hindraf) have been distorting and misinfoming (people on) the issue,” Syed Hamid alleged, responding to claims made by Hindraf coordinator R.S. Thanenthiran.
Thanenthiran said group, which has since been declared illegal by the Malaysian Government, had a letter from the United Kingdom border agency saying that it had received a notice of cancellation against the passport because Waythamoorthy was being sought for “criminal charges.”
In the letter dated Sept 23, it was stated that the British Embassy in Kuala Lumpur was notified of the cancellation on March 14.
Duuuhhhh.. any of you guyz having a headache trying to decipher which media agency is more accurate or honest in their report?
Aaaahhh.. And of course, the NST wins hands down with their ‘unique’ headline placed on another media’s handiwork.
The MSM spins, the politicians and wannabes putar-belit, and the rest of us look on in agony.
Yup, that sums up life in Malaysia nowadayz.
Whooa.. hang on to yer breeches and errmm.. thongs. Go read SHA’s politography (sic) here. He’s foaming again.