Kuala Lumpur, Sep 24 : Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has agreed to consider the Malaysian Indian Congress's appeal to release five Hindraf leaders detained under the ISA.
"The Prime Minister has promised to discuss the matter with the Home Minister and arrive at a decision," said MIC president S. Samy Vellu.
Samy Vellu and Human Resources Minister Dr S. Subramaniam, who is also MIC secretary-general, had a 30-minute meeting with Badawi in Putrajaya.
He said the meeting was to seek the immediate release of the five Hindraf leaders R. Kengadharan, M. Manoharan, V. Ganabatirau, P. Uthayakumar and K. Vasantha Kumar from ISA detention.
"Badawi said he would study the situation and recommend appropriate action. We have full faith and trust in the Prime Minister, and believe he will do something positive on this matter," The Star quoted Samy Vellu, as saying.
He said the families of the detainees had also suffered enough and that the five should be allowed to go home to look after their families.