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Abdullah promises to consider release of Hindraf Five

KUALA LUMPUR, 23 Sept 2008: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has promised to consider the MIC appeal for the release of the five Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leaders detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) since 13 Dec  2007.

“The prime minister promised to discuss the matter with the home minister (Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar) and come to a decision,” Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu said in a statement here today.

Earlier, the MIC president held a 30-minute discussion with Abdullah at the latter’s office, to seek the immediate release of the five, dubbed the ‘Hindraf Five’.

He was accompanied by Human Resources Minister and party secretary-general Datuk Dr S Subramaniam.

“The prime minister has assured that he would study the situation and recommend appropriate action. We believe he will do something positive on this matter,” said Samy Vellu.

The ‘Hindraf Five’ comprise R Kengadharan, 41; M Manoharan, 47; V Ganabatirau, 35; P Uthayakumar, 47; and K Vasantha Kumar, 35. – Bernama

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