Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said the decision to outlaw Hindraf was made after the ministry being satisfied with facts and evidence that showed 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 in a statement issued here.
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. If left unchecked, Syed Hamid said, 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. Hindraf had all the criteria of an organised movement, Syed Hamid said, because it had filed for registration with the ROS on Oct 16 last year.
The application had yet to be approved but Hindraf had actively exploited the Indian community to organise illegal 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 in the country, 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