The Hindu Rights Actions Force (Hindraf) has been declared an illegal organisation from today by Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar.
In a statement issued here, Syed Hamid said the decision to declare Hindraf as an illegal organisation was made following the ministry being satisfied with facts and evidence that showed Hindraf had and was being used for unlawful purposes and posed a threat to public order and morality.
Syed Hamid said if left unchecked, Hindraf would continue to pose a threat to public order, the security and sovereignty of the country as well as the prevailing racial harmony.
Syed Hamid should pick his words carefully. These allegations against Hindraf are very serious. Is it immoral calling for more attention and assistance for the Indian community? Is it immoral to register protests against the destruction of places of worship?
The decision to declare Hindraf as illegal has once again shows that the UMNO led government is practicing selective persecution. Its other component members especially the MIC remained irrelevant, ineffective and emasculated in BN.
What's worse, looks like Gerakan Women's Chief Tan Lian Hoe will haul up again for speaking up against racist practices. Perhaps the party chief Koh Tsu Koon may be too quick to honour Abdullah Badawi as the 'Father of Democracy'.
Hindraf, like other movements of change, represents the spirit of the Indian community especially those who felt deprived from main stream development and access to equal opportunities.
Can Syed Hamid exorcise the Hindraf spirit?
By the way, Syed Hamid is the clear Winner of the Dumbscar Award 2008! Here, he has proven his consistency. He is a deserving winner.