Several HINDRAF supporters were detained after they stopped Samy Vellu’s car from leaving in order to ask him to help secure the release of their members who had allegedly been detained by the police following a rally in KL.
From The Star 17 Feb 2008:
Angry Hindraf supporters mob Samy
BUTTERWORTH: MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu was prevented by a group of people from leaving a function here.
The group, believed to be Hindu Rights Action Force supporters, surrounded his car last night and demanded for an undertaking for the release of women and children who were detained during a Hindraf rally in Kuala Lumpur yesterday morning.
They also locked the door of SJKC Chung Hwa Pusat 3 in Taman Senangin here where a Chinese New Year function was being held.
They relented after Samy Vellu said he would talk to the relevant authorities.
After 15 minutes, police came and cleared the way for Samy Vellu to leave.
It is understood that the group had been misinformed that some 100 children had been detained by police during the rally in Kuala Lumpur.
Police, however, said no children except for an 11-year-old girl were detained. The girl was later released.
J. Balamurugan, 31, one of the spokesmen for the group, said they only wanted to ensure that children were released.
Another supporter, M. Ravindran, 37, said the group did not want to hurt Samy Vellu or cause any problem.
Earlier, Samy Vellu was also jeered by a group when he was giving a speech at a meeting with Rukun Tetangga and Umno branch members at Chai Leng Park here.
After the function, he approached the people and listened to their problems.
I see three instances of “D’oh!” in their actions:
1) They wanted to get their buddies out of police detention, but instead got in trouble with the police again.
2) They made their cause look bad by resorting to strong-arm, mob tactics.
3) Of all people, they’re asking Samy Vellu to help Indians?????????