Saturday, April 12, 2008

Gerakan Urges Govt to review Manoharan's ISA Detention- Bernama

Gerakan Urges Government To Review Manoharan's ISA Detention
KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 (Bernama) --

Gerakan has urged the home minister to review the decision to continue holding lawyer M. Manoharan under the Internal Security Act (ISA).Its vice-president, Datuk Dr S. Vijayaratnam said that as Manoharan was given the mandate by the people of Kota Alam Shah to represent them, the decision to detain him under the ISA should be reviewed."He received more than 12,600 votes, a 7,000 plus majority, which indicates they (the people) have faith in him."Continued detention is tantamount to ignoring the wishes of the people. At least, he should be sworn in as a state assemblyman," he said in a statement Friday.

Last December, Manoharan was detained for alleged involvement in organising illegal gatherings on Nov 25, and making seditious statements against the government.He is the third ISA detainee to contest on a DAP ticket in a general election.Chan Kok Kit and Chian Heng Khai contested on a DAP ticket in 1978 in Sungai Besi (Selangor) and Batu Gajah (Perak), respectively, when they were under detention.Both won.-- BERNAMA