Syed Hamid: I did not lie about Hindraf leader’s passport

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 23 Oct 2008

HOME Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar has denied that he lied about banned Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leader P. Waytha­moorthy’s passport.

He said there had been a directive for the Hindraf man to surrender his passport to the Malaysian High Com­mission in Britain, where he is now living in self-exile.

“The order is for him to surrender his passport so that it can be cancelled and we can bring him home for a warrant of arrest to be executed against him under the Internal Security Act. However, he never went.

“I did not lie. The passport was never cancelled when I gave my first statement. How can it be cancelled if he never came to the High Commis­sion? We would need to take it back and chop the word ‘Cancelled’.

“However, I subsequently gave the order at my first meeting as Home Minister €“ and I’m sure they would have implemented it €“ for this directive to be rescinded,” he said after attending the Rela Hari Raya open house in Putrajaya yesterday.

“He can travel and come back to face the consequences of his action then. They (Hindraf) have been distorting and misinforming people on the issue,” stressed Syed Hamid.

He was responding to claims made by the banned group’s coordinator R.S. Thanenthiran that it had a letter from Britain’s border agency saying that it had received notice of cancellation against the passport because Waythamoorthy was being sought for “criminal charges”.

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