Apabila bekas Menteri Besar Selangor, Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo menulis mempersoalkan keputusan Mahkamah terhadap dirinya, Peguam Negara sepantas kilat tampil mempertahankan keputusan Mahkamah dengan mengedarkan cerita pendakwa raya dan keputusan Hakim. Beliau seterusnya mengingatkan Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo mengenai tindakan mengulas keputusan Mahkamah merupakan satu tindakan yang boleh dianggap menghina Mahkamah.
Hari ini Timbalan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri mempersoalkan keputusan Mahkamah. Menurut laporan Malaysiakini, P. Waythamorthy menyatakan bahawa abang beliau sepatutnya dilepaskan tanpa dipanggil membela diri.
Waytha says brother should’ve been acquitted
12:26PM Jun 7, 2013
Newly-sworn in deputy minister P Waythamorthy said that his elder brother Uthayakumar should have been acquitted without his defence being called on the charge of sedition.
As such, the Persatuan Hindraf Malaysia chairperson urges Uthayakumar to appeal the 30-month jail sentence while the window is still open as he stands a “good chance”.
“Shocked and saddened” by the verdict, Waythamoorthy (left) said that his brother may have used “harsh words” against the Malaysian authorities in his letter to the British prime minister.
However, the senator, himself a lawyer, said that is not tantamount to sedition.
Uthayakumar, who is also Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leader, was sentenced on Wednesday, several hours after his brother wassworn in as senator to take up the post of deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.
Uthayakumar – found guilty of publishing seditious material alleging state-sponsored social ‘ethnic cleansing’ of the Indian poor in Malaysia – refused to appeal the sentence as a form of protest.
Waythamoorthy, when asked by KiniTV about his brother’s situation prior to the sentencing, broke into a chuckle and walked away.
Breaking his silence on the matter through a statement today, he said that it was “understandable” for Uthayakumar to use such “harsh words” given the situation at the time.
“This was understandable at that given time as it was written on the day the Padang Jaya Hindu temple was demolished for the second time by the (BN-led) Selangor government.
“Naturally, Uthayakumar who wrote the letter as the legal adviser of Hindraf at the time in 2007 was angry with the Selangor government,” he noted.
‘Uthaya, a man of distinctive talents’
Waythamoorthy added that Uthayakumar would be in a better position to “lead his party and the common struggle which he shares with Hindraf from outside prison, and not within the confined walls”.
“(Uthayakumar’s) distinctive talents and persistence cannot ideally function within bounded prison walls,” he said.
Apakah ini bukan tindakan menghina Mahkamah? Sekurang-kurangnya Dr Khir mempertahankan diri beliau sendiri.
Jadi kita mahu tunggu jawapan panjang lebar dan amaran yang Peguam Negara muncul sekelip mata seperti mana beliau menjawab Dr Khir sebelum ini.