Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Police Raid HINDRAF

Now if you remember, I found the thought of HINDRAF filing a lawsuit against the British government a hoot.

I've since changed my mind and am willing to take them more seriously since the government has as well.

By the way, the definition of sedition according to our communist-dictatorship government is "anything that we don't approve of".

Police raid offices of two Hindraf lawyers
Soon Li Tsin
Nov 19, 07 4:21pm

The police raided two offices belonging to lawyers P Uthayakumar and his brother Waythamoorthy to search for a book deemed seditious under the Sedition Act.

Five police officers conducted a search of Uthayakumar' s office in Jalan Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, while about 10 officers were at Waythamoorthy' s office in Seremban, Negri Sembilan. The raids were carried outsimultaneously at around 3.30pm.

The police teams, from the Dang Wangi district police headquarters, obtained a search warrant under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act 1948 from a magistrate's court for the publication entitled '*50 Years of Violation of the Federal Constitution by the Malaysian Government'* .

The 41-page booklet gives a detailed account of issues discussed by the Reid Commission at every meeting and memoranda submitted by various organisations in the run-up to the framing of the Federal Constitution.

The police officers spent about an hour at Uthayakumar's office before leaving at about 4.30pm without seizing anything.

*'Did not find anything'*

I know it isn't necessarily a pertinent comment, but "duh"!!!

The only instance I expect the Malaysian police to find anything is when they physically bring the "offending" object into the place, plant it under some random files and hey presto! - "accidentally" find it there.

When contacted, the lawyer said: "They did not find anything. I only saw one of them taking pictures of my signboard."

The brothers lead the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), which recently filed a class-action suit against the British government for bringing Indians to Malaysia as indentured labourers and exploiting them for 150 years.

The quantum being sought is US$4 trillion (RM14 trillion) - or US$1 million for every Indian currently residing in Malaysia.

Hindraf is scheduled to hold a rally outside the British High Commission on Sunday and to hand over a petition asking Queen Elizabeth to appoint her Queen's Counsel and solicitors to represent the minority Indians.

Offences under Section 4(1)(c) for printing, publishing, distributing or reproducing any seditious publication is punishable with a fine not exceeding RM5,000 or by a jail sentence not exceeding three years, or to both.

I think these HINDRAF blokes have something going, they just need some guidance.

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