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Ethnic Indians' row: Malaysia sends out warning
December 16, 2007 18:13 IST
Malaysia has warned of another round of detentions under a draconian security law following the arrest of five ethnic-Indians on Thursday as police sought to quell rumours of a 'retaliatory' rally being planned by the majority Malays.
Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Mohd Johari Baharum said a list of names had been submitted by the police and it was only a matter of time before several others were detained under the Internal Security Act that allows indefinite detention without trial.
While refusing to divulge the number and names of those to be detained, Johari said the action was necessary.
On the detention of the five Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leaders, who 'have been sent to the Kamunting detention centre in Taiping for two years,' Johari said police had conducted investigations on the movement, the New Straits Times reported on Sunday.
The government has alleged that Hindraf had links with international terrorist organisations, including the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
"I hope there would not be any more demonstrations for the sake of other peace-loving Malaysians."
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan, warned the public not to be taken in by text messages alleging that race riots would take place in Kampung Baru.
The messages stated that a gathering of Malays is being planned 'in retaliation' to the rally organised by Hindraf last month, the paper said.
"There will be no riots. These are rumours, which are being maliciously spread to cause chaos," Musa said.
He said police were trying to locate the source of the text messages and said stern measures, including detention under the ISA, would follow.
"What they are doing can jeapordise national security and public order," he said after attending a seminar.
"We are appealing to everyone to stay calm," Musa said, adding, "Our men are on alert. The area mentioned is being watched."
Five Hindraf leaders, including P Uthayakumar, were detained on Thursday for attempting to incite racial hatred that could be prejudicial to national security.