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Terrorist sympathisers in DAP? Ah, what an ironic twist

G. Saminathan (left) and P. Gunasekaran (right), the two DAP assemblymen who were arrested by the police over the LTTE probe.

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

October 25, 2019

A commentary by Zaidi Azmi

WHAT gets into the internet stays in it and this is precisely why DAP’s M.Kulasegaran is currently in one heck of a pickle.

The online trolls have, in mere hours, clapped back against his yesterday denial of having ties with those attempting to revive the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

To the unfamiliar, the LTTE is a defunct terrorist group that had waged a civil war against the Sri Lankan government over territorial autonomy disputes since 1976 to 2009.

So if the group is already dead, where does Kulasegaran comes into the equation?

Well, apparently, a four minute video featuring a man who has an “uncanny resemblance” to Kulasegaran was seen delivering a speech at an LTTE commemorations function in Malaysia.

In it, the man whom many were convinced was no one but Kulasegaran, spoke glowingly of the LTTE’s deeds and had also called for Malaysian Tamils to help ease the livelihood Sri Lankan Tamils who fled to Malaysia.

Honestly, there was nothing with Kulasegaran’s speech because to sympathise with any organisation, regardless if they are terrorist groups or not, is not a crime, well at least not in Malaysia.

What is a crime however, is trying to finance and revive a defunct terror group back into action and this was, according to the police, something that some LTTE sympathisers in Malaysia have been doing.

And what made it political was the arrest and detention of several DAP assemblymen and card carrying members in relation to the attempted revival of the LTTE which Malaysia had declared as a terrorist group in 2014.

Geez. Remember how DAP politicians used to shout about Umno and Pas were littered with Islamic terrorists sympathisers? Now isn’t this an ironic twist? A case of the pot calling the kettle black, no less.

The reaction from DAP, following the arrest last week, was also odd.

It was so in the sense that party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng had declared the detained politicians as innocent –despite ongoing investigation–, adding that he was told by the police that no one else from DAP will be arrested in the future.

The police however, responded with a big ‘um, actually…’

“I have never issued such a statement. We will keep investigating and arrest more if there is enough evidence,” said Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter-terrorism Dvision principal assistant director, Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay.

Wait! Did Lim lie? Who knows? Who cares because by now, news junkies especially, would have already lost track of the many inaccuracies spewed by Lim.

Responding to Ayob Khan’s statement, Lim retorted that the Police should stop issuing statements and focus on investigating the matter instead.

Great. So Lim now wants the police to stop dispelling whatever confusions that were created by his own statement. Gosh. What an amusing merry-go-round.

But as it is the DAP continues to make a stink about this whole LTTE drama.

Two days ago, one of its state vice-chairman, A. Sivanesan claiming that the LTTE was no longer a threat, adding that even the European Union had already lifted the ban that it imposed on the group.

Hrmm, if such was so then can anyone explain why Sri Lankan president, Maithripala Sirisena, had in May last year, disclosed that the LTTE members were regrouping abroad to revive their demand of autonomy over Tamil Eelam.

In fact, in May this year, India had even extended the ban on LTTE for five more years as the LTTE had been detected of spreading its ideology among in India, particularly in Tamil Nadu.

The sympathy that Malaysian Tamils has towards their Sri Lankan counterpart was understandable given how both are of the same race but what is not understandable was the overboard outcry from the DAP over the suspects’ arrest and detention.

The police have yet to finish their investigation meaning that the suspects have yet to be found guilty of any crime whatsoever or perhaps DAP is so sensitive to the point that even a mere arrest of its card-carrying members is simply unacceptable?

If it is the latter, then…too bad.

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

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.