By Syed Jaymal Zahiid - The Malaysian Insider
Uthayakumar, who is the elder brother of the self-exiled Hindraf leader, claimed to have a copy of a letter sent by the UK Border Agency indicating that Waythamoorthy’s passport had been confiscated by the British government following instructions from the Malaysian authorities.
Hishammuddin had said in a press conference on Sept 30 that Waythamoorthy had “surrendered his passport” to the Malaysian High Commission and refuted claims that the government was victimising the Hindraf leader by revoking his travel documents.
The letter, allegedly documented evidence of correspondence with the British immigration authorities dated Sept 23, stated that the Malaysian government had sent a letter dated March 14, 2008 to its High Commission instructing the confiscation of Waythamoorthy’s passport.
“The passport was cancelled as the Malaysian authorities were seeking your client’s (Waythamoorthy’s) arrest to face criminal charges,” the letter stated further.
No information was given as to which ministry or department had instructed the confiscation.
Copies of the letter were distributed to the media during a press conference held at the party’s office here today.
“The letter contradicts the statement made by the minister. He and Umno are liars and they have been doing that to the people for 52 years now,” said Uthayakumar.
Hindraf lawyer, N. Surendran, who was also present at the press conference, said the letter was of grave seriousness.
“This is a serious incident between the two countries if the government was really telling the truth about Waythamoorthy’s passport.”
“Why would the British government confiscate his passport without any reason? I don’t believe they would go as far as lying about this,” he added.