PAS Kelantan today donated RM5,000 cash to the families of the 10 detainees for Deepavali. The money was delivered by its vice-president Husam Musa.
Husam also attempted to visit the 10 detainees but was denied permission by the police.
Commenting on Hindraf’s objectives, Husam said there was a need for “social re-engineering”, without reviewing the social contract, to resolve the woes of the Indian community such as in areas of education, welfare and business.
Accompanying Husam was PAS Youth chief Salahuddin Ayub who said that the government was wrongly portraying Hindraf and its supporters as anti-Malay and anti-Islam.
“I came from Kelantan today to express our sympathy to our fellow Malaysians who have been bullied by the Barisan Nasional government,” Husam said, when meeting family and friends of the 10 individuals who have been remanded at the Putrajaya district police headquarters.
The 10 were arrested while accompanying six-year old W Vwashnnavi, the daughter of Hindraf chairperson P Waythamoorthy, and her mother K Shanti to the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya.
Asked to elaborate on his “bully” remark, Husam said the government had used the authorities to suppress legitimate grievances by a marginalised community instead of understanding the issues raised.
“This will hurt the feelings of the Indian community,” he said.