IPOH: The Indian community, especially the Tamils, only sympathise with their brethren in Sri Lanka, and do not support the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
Perak DAP vice-chairman A. Sivanesan (pic) said the feeling of sympathy was similar to how the Muslims in Malaysia feel for the Palestinians and Rohingyas.
“Like it or not, the Tamils here share the same language, culture and religion with those in southern India and Sri Lanka. We have a sympathetic feeling towards them, ” he said here yesterday.“It is not wrong to feel for them. The community here is very upset over the arrests, ” he said.
Sivanesan, who is also a Perak exco member, said the LTTE was defunct following the end of the Sri Lankan civil war.
He said even the European Union lifted a ban on them, meaning that they were no longer a threat.
“Their leaders are gone, their whole army disbanded.
“In the last 50 years, I’ve not seen any incidents of LTTE infiltrating Malaysia, causing terrorism and havoc. Never, ” he said.
“Maybe only in India. Even the latest bombing in Colombo months ago was not by LTTE. I don’t know why we are still sticking to the principle that there is still a threat and if there is, the police owe the people an explanation.”Sivanesan also said those arrested should not have been detained under the Special Offences (Security Measures) Act (Sosma).
“I don’t see a need for it. They could have just investigated them under the Penal Code, whereby they could be given bail, ” he said, adding that those detained under Sosma could not be bailed and could be held further after 28 days.
“Those arrested should be brought to court and given the chance to defend themselves, ” he added.
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