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Monthly Archives: December 2007

MIC Thanks Govt Over Acquittal Of 31 Of Attempted Murder
PUTRA JAYA, Dec 17 (Bernama) — MIC today thanked the government over the acquittal and discharge of 31 people charged with attempting to murder a police officer during an illegal assembly in front of the Sri Subramaniar temple in Batu Caves, near here, on Nov 25.

MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had shown compassion towards the families of those detained by asking Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail to consider their appeals.

“MIC appreciates efforts by the government to lighten the burden of the families by showing its concern and being accountable to all races,” he said in a statement here today.

The MIC president said he was also happy because the court had acquitted and discharged many of them of all charges while the rest were released on bail.

“The Barisan Nasional government has shown compassion towards the sufferings and anguish of the families and parents of those detained. Those involved should return to society and live as responsible and law-abiding citizens.

“MIC will continue to safeguard the interests of the Indian community to ensure a better future for them,” said Samy Vellu who is also the Works Minister.

— BERNAMA

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40 Indian based non-government organisations (NGO), are now requesting a non-Muslim Affairs Department. It is getting into fashion, for groups to speak up for the Indians numbering about 2 million souls. The forty NGSs, the list does not add up to this figure, came out of the blues to champion the Indians, and the Government tells Hindraf they are unworthy to lead because of the unfounded fear of LTTE Tamil Tigers.

It will take a month for them to comply a report. Why all the trouble, know anything about copy and paste or cut and paste, Hindraf has enough information, some of them in the net.

Another ad-hoc committee pleading the Indian cause, and I wonder how long this group will last. But wait, is this not the Tamil Writes Association, in this group, who had in India said, “”We have a few issues. But I’d like to tell you that overall, Tamils live peacefully in Malaysia despite living in a Muslim-dominated society,” Then please tell me why the Muslim Affairs Department cannot carry on.

On an earlier date, 2 days ago, 14 NGOs met the PM and what a beautiful scenario it was:

They discussed education, unity, agriculture and economy. Indians have problems in education and economy correct, correct, But then unity and agriculture, Indians not united, Indians not uniting with other races, NGOs not united, what was it. Agriculture? I hope they never discussed Felda, which for all intends and purpose is close to our DPMs heart, Obviously they met the wrong person. Maybe Nadarajah can comment, any land for agriculture, in Batu Caves area.

Our PM had by his body language and expression conveyed to this group, help is at hand. What more do you want, the moon.

So Indians had two representative groups within 3 days. One saw PM personally, the other is requesting PM to set up a new department. Intriguing, two groups burdened with the problems of 2 million people. Where were the NGOs pre-Hindraf.?

Now coming to the interesting part, the meeting of the PM was under the watchful eyes of Datuk Seri Sami Vellu, and now the representation for a non-Muslim department, must go through Datuk himself.

Now this is an affront to the President, and his members who are, more than the members of the 2 groups of NGOs put together’

Are you suggesting the MIC had been malingering and had never addressed the problems of the Indians. So this 54 (40 + 14), sometimes my addition goes haywire, NGOs can do what the MIC did not do. Or has the President gone soft, admitting let this group go, it does not matter if the perception is the MIC never did anything is proven correct, I have to look after my rice-bowl in Sungei Siput. What is happening?

As a matter of interest, the following Hindu groups are mentioned:

Malaysian Hindu Council
Malaysian Hindu Dharma Mamandram (MHDM)
Malaysian Hindu Youth Council

I believe they represent the Hindus, but surprisingly, in the two meetings, nothing was mentioned about Hindu temples. Was this an oversight.

Latest:

“It’s difficult to set up such a dedicated department as the other religions don’t fall under the official religion category,” he added.

Seriously, every group, including mine, wants to get involved now that the flood gates have been opened up by Hindraf. Damai is one. Now we have the Indian Damai. Malaysia Today has this on Damai and I reproduce the relevant part:

“To further impress Malaysians that race riots are imminent they got this chap called Mohd Saiful Adil Daud to form DAMAI MALAYSIA, supposedly an amalgamation of 395 Malay NGOs with a combined membership of 1.5 million Malays. That is the biggest crap I have ever heard. You would be hard-pressed to find 39 Malay NGOs, let alone 395. And even then some of these so-called NGOs have less than a dozen members. Why did they not list down the names of these 395 Malay NGOs? They couldn’t because these NGOs do not exist. And certainly these 1.5 million members do not exist either.

Saiful is actually the runner of a well-known Malay gangster called Drs Suleiman a.k.a. Man Brandy. Man Brandy used to sell ganja around the Kampong Baru mosque area in the days before May 13. He then escaped to Indonesia when the police hunted him down for murder and that was where be bought his very impressive ‘Drs’ title. Later he came back to Malaysia and was made the Deputy Minister of Health after he won the Titiwangsa Parliament seat. It is a shame he did not legalise ganja and recommend it as a health weed when he was the Deputy Minister of Health. Now it is too late.

The mastermind behind DAMAI MALAYSIA is Mamak Rezal Merican Naina Merican of GPMS. Their job is to stir the Malays into a feeding frenzy like what Datuk Harun Idris did on 13 May 1969. Unfortunately the effort failed. The Malays today are not like the Malays of 1969 and it is not so easy to incite them into an anti-non-Malay frenzy like how they did on 13 May 1969. Even the rumours they spread and the SMSess they circulated did not work. And the so-called PEKIDA rally in Kampong Baru on Sunday, 16 December 2007, the supposedly prelude to May 13 II, did not happen as planned. Nobody turned up except for the truckloads of riot police and Special Branch officers who patrolled a deserted street. It reminds me of how they cordoned an empty Dataran Merdeka on 10 November 2007.’

This is just copy and paste.

Subject: CHRISTMAS PARTY MEMO
To: All Employees

I’m happy to inform you that the company Christmas Party will take place on December 23rd at Luigi’s Open Pit Barbecue. There will be lots of spiked eggnog and a small band playing traditional carols … feel free to sing along. And don’t be surprised if our CEO shows up dressed as Santa Claus to light the Christmas tree! Exchange of gifts among employees can be done at that time; however, no gift should be over $10.Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Patty Lewis
Human Resources Director

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December 2nd
TO: ALL EMPLOYEES

In no way was yesterday’s memo intended to exclude our Jewish employees. We recognize that Hanukkah is an important holiday that often coincides with Christmas (though unfortunately not this year). However, from now on we’re calling it our “Winter Holiday Party.”

The same policy applies to employees who are celebrating Kwanzaa at this time.

There will be no Christmas tree and no Christmas carols sung.

Happy Holidays to you and your family.

Patty Lewis
Human Resources Director
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December 3rd
TO: ALL EMPLOYEES

Regarding the anonymous note I received from a member of Alcoholics Anonymous requesting a non_drinking table, I’m happy to accommodate this request, but, don’t forget, if I put a sign on the table that reads, “AA Only,” you won’t be anonymous anymore.

In addition, forget about the gifts exchange__ no gifts will be allowed since the union members feel that $10 is too much money.

Patty Lewis

Human Resources Director

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December 3rd
TO: ALL EMPLOYEES

It has been brought to my attention that some of our employees celebrate Ramadan as their high holiday. I had no idea we had such a diverse work force. The “Winter Holiday Party” will now be renamed the “Winter Solstice Party”.

Patty Lewis

Human Resources Director

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December 4th
TO: ALL EMPLOYEES

I have been informed that the Winter Solstice is a religious day for some pagan sects, so the party has been renamed the “Winter Holiday Party”.

Patty Lewis

Human Researchers Director

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December 7th

TO: ALL EMPLOYEES

I’ve arranged for members of Overeaters Anonymous to sit farthest from the dessert buffet

Pregnant women will sit closest to the restrooms.

Gays are allowed to sit with each other. Lesbians do not have to sit with the gay men; each will have their table. Yes, there will be a flower arrangement for the gay men’s table.

Is everybody happy now?

Patty Lewis
Human Racehorses Director
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December 9th

TO: ALL EMPLOYEES

People, people – nothing sinister was intended by wanting our CEO as Santa. While “Santa” does happen to be an anagram for “Satan,” there is no evil connotation to our own “little man in a red suit.”

Patty Lewis
Human Ratraces
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December 10th
TO: ALL EMPLOYEES

Vegetarians __ I’ve had it with you people!! We’re going to hold this party at Luigi’s Open Pit whether you like it or not, you can just sit at the table farthest from the “grill of death,” as you so quaintly put it, and you’ll get salad bar only, including hydroponic tomatoes. But, you know, tomatoes have feelings, too. They scream when you slice them. I’ve heard them scream. I’m hearing them right now… Ha!

I hope you all have a rotten holiday! Drive drunk and die, you hear me?

The Bitch from Hell
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December 14th
TO: ALL EMPLOYEES

Patty Lewis is on her way to recovery from her stress-related illness. I’ll continue to forward your cards to her at the sanitarium. In the
meantime, management has decided to cancel our Winter Party and give everyone the afternoon of the 23rd off with full pay.

Terri Bishop
Acting Human Resources Director

ACA is supposed to ensure the country and its administration is free from corruption. That includes various Government agencies like Police, Customs, Immigration, etc etc. This includes all Government counters where people cue up to get things done. The hospitals, post offices, are apparently clean. Where there are rules and regulations it becomes essential the consumer, the public, is bound not to follow the called rules and regulations, not because they are stupid, but interpretation of such rules is left to the mercy of the counter clerk or somebody down the line. So, creasing of the palm comes into play. After some time the receipent of these bribes cannot manage on his salary and is all out to make the extra bug to complement his income. Without this extra income the person who collects bribes cannot manage to maintain his lifestyle.

Having said all this, lets focus our attention on the latest news report of ACA director-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamdan. He is so happy the people are coming forward to give information and tips on corruption. He goes on, I am happy with the increase in the public’s consciousness against combating corruption, He ends up boasting that our ranking has gone up by one spot.

I could write a thesis on this. But Ahmad where are you, here in Malaysia, or operating on remote from elsewhere. Besides your office and house don’t you go anywhere. You must be having one life lack of fun. Poor guy. Please move around and see what is happening.

I shall not get far. The Police the custodians of law and order are playing pugs. Do you drive around? Or do you prefer going by helicopter to avoid seeing what is happening on the roads. Have you seen patrol cars stopping cars, lories, van, buses etc. What are they doing? Wishing them a safe journey? You are darned if you think so. The vehicles stopped are on a selective basis, after all thousands of cars run on the roads. The Police know exactly what vehicle can be proven not in order for some rule and regulation, foreigners, the best bet, smoking vehicles, on or two vehicles breaking the law, speed regulation, etc etc, the Police are smarter than ACA, not that I confirm it, it is the general feeling of the Police. But some how or rather a good number of motorists are aware what is happening. I am sure you ACA guys are more smarter than the motorists.

Do you think with all your training, ingenuity and jack-ass intelligence, you cannot put a stop to it. If you say so, it is not possible, please resign and let another goat take over who, will be no better.

Start with one organisation, do you think others want to lose their rice-bowl. The whole system is corrupted, Ahmad can’t go after the big blue whale sharks, they are protected, meaning you scratch my back I scratch yours. If you do the same, quoting statistics you are no better than the big blue sharks because you are abetting them. The culture of not being corrupt starts with small things, because this country is self-destructing because it encourages corruption.

I saw this on Indian Malaysian on line on Subramaniam, former MIC deputy president.

The article is titled ‘Spinless Subra Justifies ISA Arrest.’
“Hindraf leaders need to bear the consequences for their actions. They must be ready to face ISA (Internal security Act) or any other legal actions by the Malaysian authorities for their baseless accusations and lies. These kinds of lies could cause serious divisions in our multiracial society”, said Subramaniam, former MIC deputy president in an interview to Utusan Malaysia.

Bar council, Suhakam, Aliran, DAP, Justice Party, PAS and many other NGO’s unanimously condemn the Malaysian government for using the draconian ISA on Hindraf leaders but look at our man Subra who justifies the police action.”

Subra the quiet ex-MIC leader, is not known for making explosive statements, but quietly follows the leader as long as he is left to do what he wants to do. That is his trademark I suppose. He should carry on doing what he wants, and not enter into controversies for this will be fueling the fire.

The baseless accusation and lies, referred to by Subra, is his personal opinion and in this country he is entitled to make it. But then, on a more relevant platform, can he really allow his conscience be dulled just because some kissing and licking is in order. Utusan is the official organ of the ruling UMNO, and was Subra intimated. I don’t think so.

He was in MIC for a very long time and by that I mean he should have been part of the Indian scenario of neglect. He in all fairness  took wise council and rarely addressed the shortcomings of Indians. But that was before. Now you are no more in the limelight, call a spade a spade and carry on with your life.

Unless he thinks he is about to be resurrected for another round of active politics.

The full text of the Utusan article is below:

Hindraf perlu tanggung risiko
Oleh SAIFULIZAM MOHAMAD

KUALA LUMPUR 12 Dis. – Bekas Timbalan Presiden MIC, Datuk S. Subramaniam berkata, setiap pemimpin Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) yang terlibat membuat dakwaan berlaku pembersihan etnik di negara ini wajar menanggung segala risiko akibat perbuatan mereka itu.

Beliau berkata, mereka harus sentiasa bersedia untuk dikenakan apa juga tindakan undang-undang termasuk Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA) kerana apa yang didakwa itu terbukti palsu dan tidak berasas.

Jelasnya, sebagai sebuah negara pelbagai kaum, dakwaan seperti itu sememangnya boleh menimbulkan keresahan yang akhirnya menyebabkan timbul prasangka buruk di kalangan rakyat.

‘‘Dakwaan bahawa kerajaan mengamalkan pembersihan etnik merupakan satu tuduhan yang amat berat dan langsung tidak berasas. Oleh itu mereka harus bersedia menanggung apa jua tindakan undang-undang yang akan dikenakan ke atas mereka.

‘‘Kerajaan terpaksa melakukan tindakan sedemikian dalam usaha memastikan kepentingan rakyat dan negara ini tidak terjejas,’’ katanya ketika ditemui Utusan Malaysia di sini, hari ini.

Beliau berkata demikian sebagai mengulas tindakan kerajaan menahan pemimpin serta penyokong Hindraf ekoran perhimpunan haram yang dianjurkan oleh badan itu di ibu kota baru-baru ini.

Antara yang ditahan ialah peguam Hindraf, P.Uthayakumar. Dia telah didakwa di Mahkamah Sesyen di sini semalam, di bawah Akta Hasutan 1948 kerana menerbitkan satu surat berunsur hasutan di laman web Police Watch Malaysia.

Uthayakumar bersama S. Ganapathy Rao dan P. Waythamoorthy sebelum ini didakwa di Mahkamah Sesyen Klang di bawah Akta Hasutan.

Dalam pada itu, Subramaniam meminta kerajaan tidak meneruskan tindakan undang-undang ke atas penyokong-penyokong Hindraf yang kini telah dihadapkan ke mahkamah kerana kebanyakan mereka tidak sedar mengenai motif sebenar perhimpunan anjuran badan tersebut pada 25 November lalu.

‘‘Saya percaya mereka terperangkap. Mereka langsung tidak mengetahui dakwaan Hindraf mengenai pembersihan etnik seperti mana yang terkandung dalam surat yang diberikan kepada Perdana Menteri Britain, Gordon Brown.

‘‘Tujuan mereka menyertai perhimpunan itu hanyalah berasaskan kepada keyakinan mereka terhadap Hindraf untuk memperjuangkan nasib masyarakat India di negara ini,’’ katanya.

Berbeza pemimpin Hindraf, beliau berkata, sudah tentu golongan terbabit mempunyai agenda-agenda tertentu demi kepentingan masing-masing.

Mengenai dakwaan bahawa penduduk India di Malaysia masih ketinggalan, Subramaniam berkata, sedikit sebanyak dakwaan tersebut ada kebenarannya.

The Star newspaper carried this news under the heading:
“Future Bright For The Chinese”

Amongst the figures released:

“Ong said 99.2% of the Malaysian corporate sector was made up of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which were mostly Chinese-owned, adding that these people had been doing business even before the country’s independence.

As such, he said there was a high percentage of Chinese securing SME loans, adding that as of Dec 31 last year, RM112.8bil in SME loans had been approved by both commercial banks and government financial institutions.

“Of this, 80.8% or RM91.1bil was given to non-bumiputras,” he said.”

What was the figures for loans by the Indians as comparison. Anybody can help?

This is just hot off the press.

Why, are the people misunderstood? They are shouting hoarse, to make the Government hear, but what does the august body do, resort to rhetorics. Have we heard enough? This is another bull statement. I have put in italics my comment.

Bernama says:

December 15, 2007 21:07 PM
Demonstrations Can’t Force Govt To Make Changes, Says Abdullah

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15 (Bernama) — Street demonstrations are not something that can force the government towards making changes, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi says.

He doesn’t understand, it is not changes, but the wish to be heard and hoping against hope changes will be made.

He stressed that policies that had been drafted or even changes that had been made to the existing policies were the results of interactions with the people and according to their wishes delivered through the correct channel.

You are not doing everything according to peoples wishes, there is no interaction, policies are pushed down our throats, e.g. Rashid, Zaki, ISA, Gamuda, V.K.Lingam, take notes no action, IGP, to name a few.

Hence, democracy in Malaysia remained intact and the people appreciated it, he said.

Psuedo democracy, when it is not even a feature of Government.

“We listen to what fishermen’s associations are saying, what the farmers’ associations are saying, the cooperatives are saying and the views of the village development and security committees and other organisations and political parties expressed in their meetings and motions.

Are you sure this is not a spin. Prove it.

“This has been our way throughout,” said Abdullah who is Umno president when chairing the party’s supreme council meeting at its headquarters here Saturday.

People complained about it but with what response?

He said the people appreciated peace and security and public order because they realised that with all these, they would be able to find livelihood without being disturbed.

Who is disturbed if not for the Government. People want changes but what they get is a litany, how nice it is.

“So, all actions that have been taken by the government are actions that meet the aspirations of the people,” he said.

Come again!

Abdullah, who is Internal Security Minister, said the recent street demonstrations gave adverse impacts to the tourism industry and affected businesses.

If you agreed to peaceful demonstrations, the people would have been satisfied their woes had been expressed and would have waited for results.

Statements by the silent majority like the one made by 365 non-government organisations who objected to street demonstrations proved that most Malaysians hated and rejected things that could threaten public security and order, he said.

Thank you for the good feel factor.

The prime minister said the problem of poverty affected all races in both urban and rural areas and the government were taking steps to eradicate it irrespective of race.

We know, we know, after 50 years the same old song.

One other blogger, Zorro blocked about “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” and reproduced the following poem. The date of the poem, 1697.

As you’ll answer it, take heed
This Slave commit no Violence upon
Himself. I’ve been deceiv’d. The Publick Safety
Requires he should be more confin’d; and none,
No not the Princes self, permitted to
Confer with him. I’ll quit you to the King.
Vile and ingrate! too late thou shalt repent
The base Injustice thou hast done my Love:
Yes, thou shalt know, spite of thy past Distress,
And all those Ills which thou so long hast mourn’d;
Heav’n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn’d,
Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn’d.

William Congreve, in The mourning bride, 1697

While browsing came upon this quotation from a woman right advocate Susan B. Anthony who said this at the beginning of this century:

“There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.”
—Susan B. Anthony

To give it a local flavour or an Indian flavour, I scratched my head to find something close to home. To those of you familiar with Indian proverbs, a woman’s bravery is exemplified by the lady who chased a tiger with a ‘muram’ (sorry no English equivalent) but this ‘muram’ is a cooking aid for winnowing to separate rice from the husk etc. Now this article is small light-weight implement usually made of rattan. Then, when I put the scorned woman and the tiger side by side, and visualised the fury, it made sense, the tiger had to run.

It is okay ladies, it is now the turn for the men “A man was telling his friends, “When my wife is infuriated, she starts shouting at me, my children and even at our dogs and nobody dares to answer her.” One of his friends asked.”And when you are angry, what do you do?” The man replied, “I also shout angrily at the windows and doors of the house and none of them dares to answer back.”

For the man even though cuckold, they fight the tiger with their bare hands. Where is the tiger now?

Sorry I diverted, what I am blabbering about is woman power. I saw some of the video clips on Hindraf and others and I am amazed how woman reacted. They never thought about Police, ISA (since this is the in thing) but said in their own words, what they thought about the Government and the leaders. They never minced their words.

Lets unleash the woman and when they come out in fury, there will be changes to our political drama.

It becomes a strain reading about ISA, people asking the 5 Hindraf leaders to be released, defense by the men in position, the DPM hollering away that America must accord a fair and free trial to the Guantánamo detainees before Malaysia answers America on the Hindraf detainees etc.

A breath of fresh air was in the contents of a posting in Haris Ibrahim’s People’s Parliament blog. He wrote:

The following MPs were written to by their bosses ( yes, you the voters, the Yang Berhormat, are their bosses. They have forgotten. Don’t you forget, though ) instructing them to vote against the Rashid bill.1. Puchong 2. Lembah Pantai 3. Jelutong 4. Bintulu 5. Segambut 6. Selayang 7. Serdang 8. Batu Kawan 9. Miri

10. Shah Alam 11. Titiwangsa 12. PJ Selatan 13. Bukit Katil 14. Kelana Jaya 15. Bukit Bendera 16. Subang

17. Gombak 18. Santubong 19. Pasir Gudang 20. Rasah 21. Tambun 22. Ulu Langat 23. Ampang

They defied your instructions.

They were insubordinate.

I sacked Donald Lim of PJ Selatan today. I am on the look out for someone worthy of my vote in the next elections.

To those of you who wrote these MPs, the ball is now in your court.

Sack them, get together and put someone in Parliament who will truly represent you, or shut up and live with what you dumped in Parliament

Haris, a lawyer, must have been cheesed off by what is happening in our political arena and I am supportive of what he says. The ordinary people are bull-dozed by decisions so unbecoming of elected representatives. We do not exist accept when elections are around the corner. After that you wait for another 5 years to see his face again. During the 5 years he is the monarch of all that he surveys paying little attention to his bosses the people

The populace is left to the grace of the opposition politicians and they are the ones who bring out problems faced by the people. The opposition is shooed away and the Government keeps on doing what they want.

In the near future these humpty dumpties will be approaching you with broad smiles, asking for your vote, and this is the only time you can show, who is the boss. Ask them for their report card and make them squirm and that brother is the biggest proactive action you can undertake..

Read my blog on this arrogant man Rashid.

Bernama reports that the PM met up with 13 Indian NGOs today and held a discussion to discuss current developments in this country. To summarise, this are the main points:

Promises and advice by PM

  • Peace and stability vital in this country
  • Narrowing the socio-economic amongst various communities
  • Explained action taken by government to uplift Indians socially and economicaly
  • Explained about Hindraf
  • PM says no promises but listened to the views of the members present

Readers may condemn me as being cynical, but what good came out of this meeting. I thought MIC is submitting reports every 6 months, and did not these report bemoan the short-comings of the community. What the NGOs should have asked is what plans and proactive plans have been done, what plans have been carried out, and on outstanding plans the reasons for such shortcomings. I am sure Datuk Seri would have carried his file of reports to the PM.

Matters brought out by NGOs

Surprisingly, only one issue, the bashing of Hindraf, the NGOs disagreed with the way Hindraf used demonstrations to voice its views and claims, specifically ethnic cleansing of the Indian community.

They roped in Datuk N.Siva Subramaniam, I don’t know why. Did he raise any issues pertaining to human rights and the chemical water and tear gas the supporters of Hindraf had to go through.

Of course it is easy to say, lots of things were discussed and this will be in the minutes, if there is one, but what Indians who read this news item, can assume is, nothing much was discussed, but the normal chat with a cup of tea and cakes. The PM spoke, we listened. But then we had to say something and what is more pleasing to the ears of the PM than the bashing of Hindraf. Possibly, here I say possibly, the NGOs could have lightened the burden of the PM who a day or two days earlier had ISA approval to detain the 5 people.

Current developments also involved detention under ISA. Was this ever brought out?

Sometimes doing damage control is a positive and welcomed action. At the same time it can be a double-edged sword, meaning, it can cut in the wrong way.