Wednesday, January 2, 2008

2000 pray in Penang for release of Hindraf 5

2,000 gather in Penang to call for release of Hindraf Five
Some 2,000 Indian Malaysians gathered at the Waterfall Temple in Penang on New Year’s Day to pray and call for the release of the five Hindraf leaders held under the ISA.

A barber was in attendance at the temple premises to shave the heads of about 50 people, including one woman, who decided to go bald to emphasise their call for the release of the Hindraf Five.

One of those present told me that about 200 devotees carried paal kodum (milk pots), again as a sign of solidarity with the detained leaders.
A group of them later carried a banner with the words “PUBLIC NEED the TRUTH ANSWER direct from our beloved king. Release or charge the five ISA Detained Lawyers!”
Those present vowed that they would not give up until a solution was found.
My source tells me that similiar gatherings and prayers were also held in other temples in the country - in Sungai Petani, Kulim and Kuala Lumpur.

Ongoing gatherings like this indicate that Malaysians have now become political awakened - and all the old assumptions now do not hold.

This adds a cloud of uncertainty to the prospects of the ruling coalition as we enter an election year.

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