Malaysiakini reported that the Hindraf secretary T Vasanthakumar detained under ISA has lodged a police report against fellow ISA detainee P Uthayakumar, the group’s legal adviser, over allegations of misusing funds.
Meanwhile, Hindraf Chairman in-exile P Waythamoorthy announced a halt of the group’s donation drive.
Any effort to promote public accountability, not only of state institutions but also of civil society groups, should be welcomed. Have we had a credible police force and judiciary, the investigation as well as the prosecution and verdict (if any) that follows would have either had any wrongdoers penalized or had their tainted names cleared.
However, in this case, one wonders what have led to this sudden action of Mr Vasanthakumar.
Is it because of any information that he gets now that he did not get earlier? If so, who has supplied him the information?
Or could it be that he has had the full knowledge of such misappropriation of funds all the while but his conscience strikes only now? If so, who has awakened this man’s conscience?
Could it be anyone but the police officers from the Special Branch (SB) who have been drilling Mr Vasanthakumar, and as many would says, “turning” him “over”? Has our police force, whose top officers have been tainted by if not also charged for corruption, has now suddenly become the high priest of public accountability and yes, “cleanliness” (keBERSIHan)?
What’s next from here?
Will Mr Uthayakumar be prosecuted and sentenced for misappropriation of public fund so that he may remain in jail while his detention under ISA can be lifted to spare the government international embarrassment?
Will Mr Vasanthakumar (the only non-lawyer amongst the Hindraf 5) be freed earlier on than his four other colleagues?
Will the Hindraf struggle be ended by internal split?
Will Malaysia’s wonderful ethnic relations, which PM Abdullah is busy sharing with the world now, soon be restored with this split?
Yes, surely, many Malaysians must still be very innocent. They never heard of Anwar’s adopted brother and speech writer. They never heard of the confession of Al-Arqam. They believe that integrity and justice can exist in the evil presence of the “civilizational” ISA, just like they believe in fairies and Santa Claus.