Government asserts no compromise on security for MR

Mahinda RajapaksaThe Government today asserted that there will be no compromise on the security of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament that it is the responsibility of the Government to protect Rajapaksa as a former President.

The Prime Minister was responding to concerns raised over Rajapaksa’s security following an assault on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Malaysia Ibrahim Ansar, by a group of suspected LTTE supporters at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Rajapaksa had just left Malaysia when the assault took place and the joint opposition feels the attack was initially intended to target the former President.

Wickremesinghe said that Malaysia is a friend of Sri Lanka and so Sri Lanka does not intend on getting into a confrontation with Malaysia over the incident.

He said that as investigations are now underway in Malaysia the Sri Lankan Government will await the outcome of those investigations.

The opposition, including the main opposition Tamil National Alliance, condemned the attack on the High Commissioner in Malaysia.

Speaking in Parliament, opposition leader R. Sampanthan said that the authorities must ensure such incidents do not take place in future. (Colombo Gazette)