HINDRAF initiated the candle light vigil to send a strong message to the UMNO led government for their lackadaisical attitude in handling the issue related to fellow Malaysian Christians in respect of their religious practice.
HINDRAF having received the feedback from Christian leaders and their devotees have decided to call off the candle vigil that was planned for on January 13, 2010 at the entrance of the Assumption Church in Petaling Jaya.
Having consideration for the sentiments of the Malaysian Christians and their leaders in such bleak time and in due respect of their wishes, HINDRAF is cancelling the candle light vigil.
The rally's estimated to be 100 000 people gathered outside the Petronas Twin Towers at midnight, early Sunday morning.At least 240 people were detained, but half of them were later released. One day before the rally, police arrested three HINDRAF lawyers, P. Uthayakumar, P. Waytha Moorthy and V. Ganabatirau for sedition charges. Uthayakumar and Ganabatirau posted bail of 800 Malaysian ringgits each, but Waytha Moorthy refused bail as a sign of protest.