Uthayakumar to skip Kamunting meet
Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leader P Uthayakumar will not be attending a meeting with the advisory panel at the Kamunting detention centre in Perak today.
Contacted last night, his lawyer N Surendran confirmed this.
“Although there is a request from the authorities, Uthayakumar will not go to Kamunting,” he said.
It is unclear what action would be taken against the Hindraf leader, who was recently released from detention under the Internal Security Act, should he skip the meeting.
Yesterday, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar said ‘necessary action’ will be taken if Uthayakumar failed to show up.
Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan however said no arrest order has been issued against the Hindraf leader.
Musa said Uthayakumar was only required to be present at Kamunting to face the advisory panel that meets every six months.
“To say we are going to arrest him is very misleading and it only creates unnecessary problems or tension among the people especially among his supporters,” Musa was quoted as saying.
‘Threat of re-arrest’
Uthayakumar’s brother and fellow Hindraf leader Waythamoorthy had called on the authorities to revoke the order to meet the advisory panel.
Failing which, he warned that Hindraf supporters throughout the country would stage fresh protests.
He pointed out that the action of the advisory body was in ultra vires of the Federal Constitution and “was surely a threat for the re-arrest of Uthayakumar.”
Waythamoorthy, who fled to London before the police launched its dragnet on the Hindraf leaders, described the order as unlawful and unconstitutional.
Uthayakumar and four other Hindraf leaders were arrested in December 2007 after staging a massive street protest.
All five were freed upon the orders of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, who took over the leadership reins in April.
Following the appointment of Najib as the country’s sixth premier, Hindraf – which has been outlawed – called for a 100-day ceasefire which would end in mid-July.
Two weeks ago, Waythamoorthy proposed a dialogue session with Najib’s administration to resolve pertaining issues in connection with Hindraf’s struggle.
Waythamoorthy however, now warned that Hindraf was prepared to revoke its 100-day truce and organise mass street protests if the threat to re-arrest Uthayakumar was for real.