Submitted by gabey on Thursday, October 1st, 2009
MALAYSIA’S sole political asylum seeker in the United Kingdom, lawyer P. Waythamoorthy, can rest assured that his return home will be an uneventful one — as far as the police are concerned.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said yesterday that Waythamoorthy need not fear arrest upon touching Malaysian soil as he was not wanted by police for any offence.
“After going through our records, we found that we have no reason to arrest him for anything. Since the Home Ministry has already said that he is free to come home, then that is what we will tell him too,” Musa said.
Waythamoorthy, in our report on Sept 28, had said he was prepared to take responsibility for his actions, even if it meant being detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
On Sept 29, Malay Mail reported Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Mahmood Adam refuting Waythamoorthy’s claim that the Malaysian government had revoked his passport on April 19 last year, preventing him from coming home.
Mahmood said Waythamoorthy had surrendered his passport to the Malaysian High Commission in London, via his lawyer.
He also scoffed at Waythamoorthy’s claim that he had written to the government to reinstate his passport but the current government and the current Home Minister had remained silent.
“He had written to us once to ask for a new passport and we replied to say that we will not give him one as his passport is still valid. Why does he want a new passport? It is unlawful for anyone to own two passports,” Mahmood had said.
Waythamoorthy’s passport is valid until Oct 17, 2010. Meanwhile, Mahmood said that the former Hindraf leader can come home anytime as there is nobody stopping him from doing so.
Mahmood also said that there was no warrant to detain the former Hindraf ringleader under the Internal Security Act (ISA).