Anwar vows to free Hindraf detainees

(Bernama) SUNGAI PETANI, April 1 — After promising to lower fuel prices if he could form the government after the last general election last year, Parti Keadilan Rakyat advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has now vowed to free Hindraf detainees.

Speaking at a ceramah in Taman Kelisa Ria last night when campaigning for the opposition candidate in the Bukit Selambau by-election, Anwar said he did not treat the problems facing the Indian community as racial issues but rather on the basis of justice for all.

He said besides Hindraf leaders, many Islamic activists had also been detained under the Internal Security Act for alleged terrorist activities.

“This is not a racial issue but the law. If they are guilty, show the proof or jail them. Don’t arrest at your whim and fancy.

“If they are not guilty, why arrest them? If we form the government today, we will release all Hindraf leaders tomorrow,” he said before a crowd of about 1,000 people.

Indians account for 28 per cent of the 35,140 registered voters in the constituency while the Malays make up 50 per cent and Chinese, 20 per cent.