135-3 KEMAYAN SQUARE
PRESS STATEMENT 3rd SEPT 2008.
RE: ATTORNEY GENERAL SHOULD DROP ALL CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST HINDRAF SUPPORTERS
CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST HINDRAF SUPPORTERS POLITICALLY MOTIVATED
ATTORNEY GENERAL PROMOTING HATRED AGAINST THE JUSTICE SYSTEM BY VIOLATING ARTICLE 8 OF THE FEDERAL CONSTITUTION.
HINDRAF calls on the Attorney General to drop all criminal charges against HINDRAF supporters arrested and charged for attending the peaceful gathering last November 25th.
Public confidence on the administration of justice in this country is seriously eroded with the selective arrest and prosecution of HINDRAF supporters.
The Attorney General is vested the highest prosecutorial power in the land by the DYMM Yang Dipertuan Agong under Article 145 of the Federal Constitution and it is incumbent upon him to exercise his duties judiciously without fear or favour and in the best interest of the Country.
HINDRAF questions the motive of the Attorney General in the selective arrest and prosecutions especially when it involved the ethnic Indian community. The recent Muslim mob, which confronted and disrupted the Bar Council forum, was aided and abetted by the Royal Police Force and the aggressive protesters were given full protection by the Police. None were arrested nor was there any criminal investigations instituted. It was obvious the Royal Police Force were acting against the spirits of Article 8 of the Federal Constitution for the simple reason that these protesters were Muslims.
Justice system should work in tandem with the democratic need of the rakyat (people) but if the rakyat began to lose hope and despise the system , the country would be lead in the dark alleys of anarchy.
The Malaysian public has not forgotten the sins of the Attorney General in vindictively charging 31 peaceful devotees of Batu Caves with attempted murder for the alleged assault on one policeman, linking them with terrorist organisations, and objecting bail on grounds of National Security. Finally when his thirst was quenched with the arrest of the 4 HINDRAF lawyers all that he could say was “it was only the fairest thing to do” to drop the attempted murder charge.
The Malaysian Indians had enough and do not let them despise you (Mr.AG) and the Justice system of this country.
It is now time to decide what is the fairest thing to do and it would be to withdraw all criminal charges against these more than 100 innocent people who have been made scapegoats by the political system of this country. They have suffered enough and do not oppress them any further.
HINDRAF calls you to exercise your utmost discretion and powers conferred upon you by the DYMM Yang Dipertuan Agong under Article 145 of the Federal Constitution to immediately withdraw all criminal charges against the more than 100 charged with various offences related to the November 25th peaceful assembly.