Sunday, December 16, 2007

More detentions warned: Malaysia

Malaysia warns of more detentions (The Hindu, 17 Dec. 2007)

Kuala Lumpur, Dec. 16 (PTI): Malaysia has warned of another round of detentions under a draconian security law following the arrest of five ethnic-Indians on Thursday as police sought to quell rumours of a "retaliatory" rally being planned by the majority Malays.

Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Mohd Johari Baharum said a list of names had been submitted by the police and it was only a matter of time before several others were detained under the Internal Security Aact, that allows indefinite detention without trial.

While refusing to divulge the number and names of those to be detained, Johari said the action was necessary. "We will not tolerate anyone who threatens the security of the country.

"It doesn't matter if they are professionals, civil servants or members of non-governmental organisations and religious groups."

On the detention of the five Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leaders, who "have been sent to the Kamunting detention centre in Taiping for two years", Johari said police had conducted investigations on the movement, the New Straits Times reported on Sunday.

The government has alleged that Hindraf had links with international terrorist organisations, including the LTTE.

"I hope there would not be any more demonstrations for the sake of other peace-loving Malaysians."

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan, warned the public not to be taken in by text messages alleging that race riots would take place in Kampung Baru.

The messages stated that a gathering of Malays is being planned "in retaliation" to the rally organised by Hindraf last month, the paper said.

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