Police have arrested two DAP assemblymen from Melaka and Negri Sembilan this morning.
Negri Sembilan DAP deputy chairman and Seremban Jaya assemblyman, P Gunasekaran, was arrested by a team of police officers from Bukit Aman at his house in Kampung Baru Rahang at around 9.58am, while Gadek assemblyman G Saminathan was arrested at his office at around 8.45am.
It was learnt that both were arrested under Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, believed over their alleged links to the now-defunct Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the separatist group which was involved in the decades-old civil war in Sri Lanka.
Negri Sembilan DAP vice-chairman Teo Kok Seong expressed shock over the arrest, saying that Gunasekaran is a respected assemblyman.
“We are not informed on the reason of arrest. We ask that the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) clarify this matter and hope Gunasekaran will give full cooperation to the police,” he said in a press conference at Seremban Jaya.
Penang Deputy Chief Minister P Ramasamy confirmed the arrests by federal police.
Ramasamy believes the arrests are related to their attendance at a ‘Heroes Day’ gathering last year but could not confirm it.
The Penang lawmaker has also been repeatedly linked to the LTTE – seen as a Sri Lankan terror group by some, freedom fighters by others – by his political foes, despite his consistent denial and argument that the group was destroyed in 2009.
Ramasamy said he will wait for developments when asked if he is worried he may be arrested next.
“I don’t know, we will see what happens,” he said.
Ramasamy’s dealings with LTTE began in 2005 when he was still a lecturer with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
At that time, he lectured on political economy and international conflict management and was actively involved as a negotiator between LTTE and the Sri Lanka government to find a peaceful resolution between the conflict.
Ramasamy was also actively involved in peace negotiations between other groups in Acheh, Geneva and Norway.
Meanwhile, 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 led three decades of civil war in Sri Lanka before it was defeated.