Wow, the paranoid Malaysian Government did it again. After putting in jail without judicial intervention of more than a couple of bloggers, a politician, an activist group, and God knows how many more in the span of just a few months, us Malaysians can now be proud of the fact that we may be the first ever country in this democratic globe to imprison a 6-year old named Vwaishhnnavi Waytha Moorthy.
The reason? For writing a letter to the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Oh yes, she did! You can’t do that, girl!
The letter sent on 23 October 2008 read:
Dear Mr. Prime Minister
On the 27th October 2008 Hindus in Malaysia would be celebrating Deepavali — a festival to mark victory over evil.
This celebration does not mean anything to us so long as my lawyer uncles, uncle RPK and all others are in prison under ISA.
Please release them as Deepavali gift for All Malaysians.
Please visit my house, I will wait for you with flowers, and cakes.
Yours loving daughter
Vwaishhnnavi Waytha Moorthy
I suppose that the government got more than scared after reading the part about inviting the PM to her house, having deciphered the flowers and cakes part as chains and knives.
Say you can tell that I’m being sarcastic about the whole thing, eh? But the part about imprisoning a 6-year old, not funny. I would raise hell if my kids were treated that way.
“Uncle lawyers” = the Hindraf group; “uncle RPK” = Raja Petra Kamarudin, veteran journalist and blogger, owner of alternative Malaysian news, Malaysia Today; “ISA” = Malaysia’s Internal Security Act. Oh, and “flowers, and cakes” = chains, and knives. Update: After being detained on Oct 23, she and her mother were released the next day but they chose to stay in the police station until the 9 others detained with them were released.