ROS was bowing to Umno and BN when it refused its approval, says Uthayakumar
PETALING JAYA: The Human Rights Party (HRP) is seeking a court order compelling the government to register it as a political party within seven days.
In a suit he filed at the Kuala Lumpur High Court today, the party’s pro-tem secretary-general, P Uthayakumar, also asked the court to set aside the Registrar of Societies’ dismissal of his application to form HRP.
He named Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, the Registrar of Societies (ROS) and the Federal Territories ROS as respondents.
HRP has been trying to get ROS approval for more than three years. It submitted applications for registration in 2009, 2010, 2011 and last March 14. All were dismissed.
Uthayakumar claimed that the respondents, in ensuring the failure of HRP’s bid for registration, acted in bad faith and at the behest of Umno and Barisan Nasional. He alleged that Umno and BN were trying to hamper HRP’s effort to improve the lot of poor Malaysian Indians.
He also accused the respondents of “selective approval”, citing the speedy registration of Kita and Perkasa.
A member of HRP’s pro-tem central committee, S Thiagarajan, said he was optimistic about the outcome of Uthayakumar’s suit.
Once the party was registered, he added, his group would apply for the registration of Hindraf Makkal Sakti (HMS) as a non-governmental organisation.
In a related development, a court here has postponed the trial of 21 HMS activists accused of participating in last February’s rally against the novel Interlok, which critics say contain inaccurate and derogatory remarks about Malaysian Indians.
Thiagarajan told FMT that the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate’s Court had postponed the trial to July 25 and 26.
“The deputy public prosecutor asked for a postponement because they were not prepared with documented evidence,” he said.
In the 20 minutes Skype interview on 2/4/11 with Amnesty International, London, from the HRP HQ in Bangsar, P. Uthayakumar started by showing on Skype to some 60 ISA participants in London the Hindraf ISA mock prison cell cum gallery.
And how not so much the Opposition parties PKR, DAP, PAS, HGO’s or the Malaysian civil society but the Indian poor who conducted prayers in the hundreds of Hindu temples nationwide. It was these Indian poor who stood by the four Hindraf lawyers right up to the end. Lest we will still be languishing in the ISA prison.
RE: 1) Filing of High Court civil suit for Writ of Mandamus to compel Registration of Human Rights Party (HRP)- 12 years refused registration.
Venue: Ground Floor Lobby Mahkamah Tinggi KL,
Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur.
2) Twenty-one (21) HINDRAF Makkal Sakthi activists charged under Section 43 of the Societies Act for being a member of an “ Unlawful” NGO ie HINDRAF at the Revoke Interlok Hindraf Car Convoy case.
Venue: 4th Floor. Mahkamah Magistrate, Jenayah 2, KL. For more information please contact:- Mr.S.Thiagarajan- 0193085944 . “Rights not Mercy”
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.