Kuala Lumpur, Dec 15: The Hindu Rights Action Force (HINDRAF) will continue its peaceful struggle for the rights of Malaysian Indians, its chairman P. Waythamoorthy, has said.
Waythamoorthy, contacted by telephone in London yesterday, was quoted by The Star as saying that the group is undeterred by the arrest of five of its leaders. "HINDRAF will continue to defend the five leaders detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) and the other 31 Indians arrested for the peaceful walk in the city. We have further lost confidence in the Government after it detained our top officials," said Waythamoorthy.
The group's next course of action will be planned from London, as Waythamoorthy is currently there to garner international support for HINDRAF.
Urging HINDRAF supporters to remain calm and pray for the release of those detained and others arrested, he said: "Arresting our leaders does not mean we are without a leadership. I, and a few others, will continue to lead our non-violent struggle for Indian rights in Malaysia."
"I will continue to issue statements from London and keep the Indians informed through the other leaders in Malaysia," he added.
He stressed that HINDRAF would remain apolitical and did not want any political party to hijack the movement's struggle.