Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Swearing-in for Manoharan on May 8 - The Star

KLANG: April 30, 2008

M. Manoharan, the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) legal adviser detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA), is expected to take his oath as Kota Alam Shah state assemblyman at the Kamunting camp on May 8.

Selangor state assembly speaker Teng Chang Khim said he had received a letter from Manoharan through the camp two days ago requesting him to go to the camp for the swearing-in.

“I have consulted our state legal adviser and made the necessary arrangements for the swearing-in which is fixed for the morning on May 8 at the detention camp,” he said when contacted yesterday.

In 1978, ISA detainees Chian Heng Kai and Chan Kok Kit, who won the Batu Gajah and Sungai Besi parliamentary seats respectively, were sworn-in at the detention camp.

Manoharan stood on a DAP ticket and won the Kota Alam Shah state seat by a 7,184-vote majority beating the incumbent Ching Su Chen (Gerakan) in the March 8 general election.

Teng added that Manoharan must be sworn-in within six months after the state legislative assembly was formed on April 22 or forced to lose his seat and face a by-election.

Manoharan’s wife S. Pushpaneela said she was relieved and happy that her husband would be taking his oath.

“I will go to the camp on Friday and bring a suit and tie for the ceremony.

“This is a historic moment for all Malaysians especially the constituents of Kota Alam Shah. We are hoping for his release as soon as possible so that he can serve them,” she said.

Pushpaneela also urged the Government to act with compassion and release not just her husband but also all the 80 ISA detainees

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