Embassy keeping Waythamoorthy’s passport

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 25 Oct 2008

PUTRAJAYA: Go collect your passport, P. Waythamoorthy.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said the passport, over which he and the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leader, who is in self-exile in London, had had a war of words, was being kept at the Malaysia High Commission in London.

“In April, as he was travelling back to Britain from another country, the British authorities confiscated his passport on the basis of police-to-police cooperation bet­ween our two countries.

“They subsequently turned it over to our high commission. The high commission did not inform us until two days ago and I have instructed it to be returned to him.

“The passport is still valid until the expiry date in 2010. So, he can come take it from us,” Syed Hamid told reporters at the Home Ministry’s Hari Raya open house yesterday.

Asked about Waythamoorthy’s status in Britain without his passport, Syed Hamid said it was up to the host government.

Waythamoorthy had called Syed Hamid “racist, extremist and a liar” in the latest controvery over his passport, which he claimed had been cancelled.

Syed Hamid warned that police would act against any non-governmental organisation that supported Hindraf’s cause or associated itself with its activities.

On Thursday, some of the 10 Hindraf supporters who were arrested as they tried to give a memorandum at the Prime Minis­ter’s Office claimed to have come as “individuals” while some called themselves members of the “Police Watch Malaysia”.

Syed Hamid said Waytha­moorthy’s wife, K. Shanti, could also be in trouble with the police for bringing her six-year-old daughter Vwaishhnnavi to an illegal demonstration.

On another matter, he said newspapers must not accept advertisements promoting Malaysian passports or permanent residency for sale and tours to Israel.

“The approval of passports or permanent residency is under the purview of the Home Ministry. To advertise that one can ‘buy’ the approval is akin to saying there is a prior arrangement between the ministry and advertiser concerned.

“Similarly, any trip to Israel is approved on an individual basis by our ministry,” he pointed out.

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