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Friday, July 29, 2011

Palanivel calls for release of six PSM members

Sulaiman Kamal | 12:26 AM | | | | | Best Blogger Tips

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KUALA LUMPUR - MIC President Datuk G. Palanivel has asked the government to free the six Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) leaders who have been detained under the Emergency Ordinance since July 2.

“I spoke to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak several days ago and have asked him to release them,” he told reporters Thursday.
He said the detention of the six has continued to receive local and international condemnation and this is the first time a Member of Parliament has been detained under the EO.

Palanivel said their continued detention may have an impact on Barisan Nasional in the coming general elections.

Palanivel said their detention was damaging to the country. Sungai Siput MP Dr Michael Jeyakumar and five others, M Sarasvathy, Choo Chon Kai, M Sukumaran, R Saratbabu and A Letchumanan were arrested on June 26 and were detained under the EO on July 2.

On another matter, Palanivel slammed an online portal,which had alleged that MIC had lavished RM2 mil for their annual general meeting this weekend.

“We are not a cash rich party. We are spending far less than that for the assembly,” he said.

Treasurer General Datuk Jaspal Singh said the party spent RM570 per person for their meetings in previous years but this time was spending RM420 per person.

He said the cost of the briefacase, given to all the branch chairmen, costs RM46 and not RM200 as speculated.

He said they had moved to Putrajaya as PWTC could not accommodate the 4,000 crowd and did not allow for outside food to be catered.

“We are providing business opportunities for our MIC caterers to provide food for the delegates, he said.

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