Seven people, including a Malacca DAP executive officer and a Negri Sembilan assemblyman, were arrested today for attempting to revive the defunct Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, said Bukit Aman today.
One of them is also accused of planning with another person who is still at large to attack the Sri Lankan High Commission in Kuala Lumpur.
Federal police counter-terrorism division chief Ayub Khan Mydin Pitchai said the seven men were arrested in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Malacca, Perak and Kedah, between 9am and 2pm today.
Police have also seized items used to promote the activities of LTTE, which had fought for a separate state in Sri Lanka.
“They have plans to revive the movement. They have also promoted the activities of LTTE,” Ayub said of the seven detainees, in a press conference in Bukit Aman.
“The two elected reps were arrested for giving speeches during an LTTE Heroes Day in Malacca on November 28 last year. They were also involved in activities to promote the movement.”
He added that two of the seven detainees had been charged with assaulting the Sri Lankan ambassador at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in September 2016.
It was reported earlier today that Malacca exco member, Gadek assemblyman G Saminathan and Seremban Jaya assemblyman P Gunasekaran were detained this morning at their office.
Malacca Chief Minister Adly Zahari told Astro Awani that Saminathan was detained over his speeches at an event in support of the separatist group that had caused three decades of civil war in Sri Lanka before it was defeated.
Nearly 100,000 people were killed in the conflict that ended when the LTTE was defeated by the army in 2009.
Over the years, Malaysian police have arrested several individuals for supporting the LTTE, which had been declared an illegal organisation in Malaysia. – TMI
Earlier report: Oct 10, Two DAP Reps Arrested Under Sosma over Alleged Links with Tamil Tigers