Sunday, December 09, 2007

Those linked to terror groups to face the consequences

LANGKAWI: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has termed the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) as an extremist organisation that will be subjected to the same laws that had been applied against other militant, extremist and fanatic groups.

The Deputy Prime Minister said: “Those involved in any violent or terrorism activities have to face the same consequences like other groups that had been prosecuted previously.”
Hindraf was no exception, he said, adding: “Like the Islamic, Christian or Hindu extremist and fanatic groups, they are also subject to the same law.”

Previously, the Government had placed members of Kumpulan Militant Malaysia, al-Maunah and al-Arqam under the Internal Security Act. Members of these groups were detained and held at the Kamunting Detention Centre in Taiping.

Najib said Hindraf had broken the country’s law and its actions had gone overboard.
“I am not saying that Hindraf is a terrorist group. I am saying that if they have links to terrorism, they are subject to the same law,” Najib told reporters after visiting the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre here yesterday.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said that police would monitor Hindraf closely because of its alleged links with terrorists.
In Muar yesterday, Abdullah said the Government would monitor the activities of the group’s members and would “act accordingly” when necessary.

“The group is not an association or a political party and it is not even a registered body but we will monitor its activities,” he said at SMK Tengku Mahkota.
Earlier, at the opening of the Pagoh Umno Division complex, Umno vice-chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin urged the Government to take action against Hindraf.
Hindraf legal advisers P. Uthayakumar, meanwhile, lodged a police report against the Prime Minister and several other senior officials for claiming that his group had links with Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and other militant outfits.

Uthayakumar, who lodged the report at the Jalan Travers police station at 3pm yesterday, also named Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz, Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan in the complaint.

He asserted that the group had “zero links “ with LTTE or any other terrorist group.
“We do not support violence. We are a non-violent group,” said Uthayakumar.

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