Sunday, February 17, 2008

Abdullah condemns illegal Hindraf rally - NST

By : Noor Adzman Baharuddin

YAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi condemned the action of the Hindu Rights Action Force in organising an illegal assembly in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, saying it was an attempt to raise fear in the people and disrupt the general election.

He said the group did not respect the process of democracy because by creating trouble they would scare off the people from coming out to vote.

"The business community, too, would be affected and, like the majority of people, does not support such behaviour because this is not the Malaysian way," he said after launching a project to upgrade a road under the Northern Corridor Economic Region here.

"The country has prospered not because of demands made through illegal demonstrations.

"Everything we do is for the people and we meet their needs and this is what they want.
"This is also the way we have been developing the country and this is what is meant by stability for the growth of the people and nation."

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PM keeps mum on Khairy - The Star

YAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has refused to be drawn into speculation if his son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin would contest in the general election.

Abdullah said he had yet to discuss the candidates' lists submitted by the various state Umno liaison committees.

“We have yet to discuss anything,” he said.

It was recently reported that the Rembau Umno division had nominated Khairy to contest the Rembau parliamentary seat.


Angry Hindraf supporters mob Samy - The Star

By A. Letchumanan and Derrick Vinesh

BUTTERWORTH: MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu was prevented by a group of people from leaving a function here.

The group, believed to be Hindu Rights Action Force supporters, surrounded his car last night and demanded for an undertaking for the release of women and children who were detained during a Hindraf rally in Kuala Lumpur yesterday morning.

They also locked the door of SJKC Chung Hwa Pusat 3 in Taman Senangin here where a Chinese New Year function was being held.

They relented after Samy Vellu said he would talk to the relevant authorities.

After 15 minutes, police came and cleared the way for Samy Vellu to leave.

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