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Former IGP tells police to ignore DAP pressure over LTTE case

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR — October 11, 2019: Former national police chief Tan Sri Musa Hassan wants the police to ignore the DAP’s interference over yesterday’s arrest of its two assemblymen linked with terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The undue influence that Musa deemed DAP had exerted was the remark by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, who claimed that the two were innocent

The men arrested were G. Saminathan of Gadek, Melaka, and P. Gunasekaran of Seremban, who are being investigated under the Security Offences and Special Measures Act (Sosma).

“As an agency responsible in ensuring safety and security of the public and country, the police should ignore such political pressure and take action professionally on the intelligence and evidence they have gathered,” Musa said today.

“Present the evidence to the court and let it decide on their criminal involvement with an organisation that had been declared to be involved with violence,” he added.

Musa also rubbished a claim by DAP’s Klang parliamentarian Charles Santiago that the arrests were a waste of police time and resources because LTTE is supposed to no longer exist with the end of the Sri Lankan civil war 10 years ago.

He said LTTE should not be considered as defunct as there were still those who have been trying to revive it by organising functions such as the LTTE’s Heroes Day in Melaka last November.

“Defunct means defunct. Why are they trying to revive it?” was Musa’ rhetorical poser.

According to Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division principal assistant director, Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay, the assemblymen, along with five other suspects, were arrested for participating in the event in Melaka. 

Ayob Khan also revealed that those arrested were allegedly involved in promoting, supporting and sourcing funds meant for the LTTE which Malaysia had officially declared a terrorist group in 2014.

Founded in 1976, the LTTE waged a civil war with the aim of securing an independent state of Tamil Eelam. The group admitted defeat in May 2009.

 

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.