KUALA LUMPUR, 15 Oct 2008: The Hindu Rights Actions Force (Hindraf) has been declared an illegal organisation from today, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar.
In a statement issued here, Syed Hamid said the decision to declare Hindraf an illegal organisation was made after the ministry was satisfied with facts and evidence that showed that Hindraf had and was being used for unlawful purposes and posed a threat to public order and morality.
“Based on powers vested under Section 5(1) of the Societies Act, Hindraf from today is declared an illegal organisation,” he said.
He said the order was being made as a result of monitoring and investigation on the organisation’s activities by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) and Home Ministry, since Hindraf’s inception.
Syed Hamid said if left unchecked, Hindraf would continue to pose a threat to public order, the security and sovereignty of the country as well as the prevailing racial harmony.
“The decision to declare Hindraf an illegal organisation is not based on one or two of its activities that are in contravention of the law but covers all the actions it has taken since being formed,” he said.
Syed Hamid said Hindraf had all the criteria of an organised movement because it had filed for registration with the ROS on 16 Oct 2007.
The application had yet to be approved but Hindraf had actively exploited the Indian community to organise assemblies and street demonstrations without permits, to the point of causing a segment of the community to rise up against the government and also hatred among the Malays and Indians, he said.
“Hindraf has also tried to secure support from foreign countries for the purpose of pressuring the government to bow to its demands,” he added.
Syed Hamid advised the public to distance themselves from Hindraf and not participate in any way in any of its activities. — Bernama