Mano: I’m not linked to LTTE

(The Star) – Hindraf’s legal adviser M. Manoharan denied that he is linked to the Tamil Tigers.

“Ours is a people’s struggle, we are not terrorists and neither are the movement’s main members P. Uthayakumar, P. Waythamoorthy, S. Ganabathi Rao and K. Vasathakumar,” he said.

Manoharan added that his detention over allegations that he was linked to the Liberation of Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE) was absurd.

“Never have I visited Sri Lanka and our movement has no links with the LTTE. It is a figment of the government’s imagination,” he said.

“Accusations like this only fuel our inner strength to fight on to gain freedom for the people,” he said.

Manoharan said he would continue his struggle for a better Malaysia, even if it leads to another arrest under the Internal Security Act that he wants abolished.

From next week, Manoharan would visit his constituents from house to house to thank them for their support and to take care of their problems.

“Being on a conditional release, I have to be within the Klang district and to attend the State Assembly, I will have to inform the state police and go to the district police headquarters on a weekly basis,” he said.

Manoharan said he would be looking for a house in Klang to rent as he currently lives in Puchong.

He said he also needs to catch up with his children, 12-year-old twins Shivaranjini and Hariharan and Ganendra, 10.

Manoharan added that he would have to rebuild his legal career as clients had been referred to others.

As he addressed the people under a tent off Persiaraan Raja Muda Musa here yesterday, three men tried to garland him but he refused. He told the crowd that he refused the gesture as it was a culture of MIC leaders.

After his speech, Manoharan picked up the garland, a move done to not offend the trio, and placed it around his wife S. Pushpaneela’s neck.

Meanwhile, Vasanthakumar, who was also released from ISA detention, said he was resting at home, recuperating from a knee injury.

“I want to spend time with my family first,” he said at his home in Taman Cheras Prima, Kuala Lumpur.

Vasanthakumar said his mother described his release as her best Mother’s Day gift. “I’m glad everything is going on well now.”