Message by Lim Guan Eng in Penang on Saturday, 25th
I wish all Hindus in Malaysia a Happy
Deepavali. May this joyous occasion bring us peace, happiness and
This is the Festival of Light where we celebrate the triumph of good
over evil. Unfortunately, on this special moment of joy, five of our
fellow Malaysians are still detained without trial under the draconian
Internal Security Act.
Together with many others, our brothers P. Uthayakumar, M. Manoharan, V.
Ganabatirau, R. Kengghadharan and T. Vasanthankumar have been unjustly
detained for a long time now.
I express our deepest sympathy and solidarity with the families of the
Hindraf Five detainees. Please understand that since DAP was formed more
than 40 years ago, many of our leaders had suffered the same fate of
political prosecution. I too have been such a victim of the Barisan
Nasional government's prosecution and persecution.
This is the reason why we always demand for the repeal of the ISA and
many other oppressive laws that have been used to stifle the voice of
freedom in this country.
Not only these Hindraf leaders are in detention, their organisation that
gives hope many Indian Malaysians in this country was also banned.
What happened a few days ago was also shocking. I was told that a group
of people including a six-year-old girl and her mother who wanted to
submit a letter at the Prime Minister's Department in Putrajaya on
Thursday were arrested by the police.
I was also informed that when the mother and daughter who were later
released after they were brought to a police station, they decided to
stay with the other members of the group. I am touched by such a spirit
of friendship and solidarity. After all, they were in Putrajaya to send
I hope our Hindu friends, as well as other Malaysians, to persevere and
continue to work towards achieving the aim of having a truly fair and
non-discriminatory society. It is not easy task but may we be guided by
the spirit of Deepavali.
Together we shall continue to fight on a moral and ethical ground
towards achieving equal opportunities, level playing field and social
justice. We must insist that any government should show love for its
people based on human dignity, compassion and a caring society.
Lim Guan Eng, Penang Chief
Minister Penang & DAP