The Government of Malaysia today expressed regret over the incident involving the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Malaysia, Ibrahim Ansar, and a group of protesters on 4 September 2016 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The incident caused minor injuries to the High Commissioner.
The Malaysian Foreign Ministry said that the Government of Malaysia expresses its sympathies to Ibrahim Ansar and gives the assurance that the Malaysian authorities will investigate the incident and bring those responsible to justice.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia said it will continue to work closely with the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Kuala Lumpur to ensure that similar incidents will not occur in the future.
The Sri Lankan Government yesterday accused Malaysia of failing to protect the Sri Lankan High Commissioner of Malaysia Ibrahim Ansar, despite him seeking protection.
The Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs called in the High Commissioner of Malaysia to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this morning to express the condemnation of the Government of Sri Lanka, on the assault carried out by a group of persons on Sunday 4 September 2016, on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, in a restricted area of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, while he was in the process of carrying out his official duties.
The Foreign Secretary expressed disappointment that the Malaysian authorities had failed to provide necessary protection to Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner despite the High Commission bringing to the notice of relevant Malaysian authorities, the need for such protection, in the face of mounting protests especially in the last few days.
The Secretary also conveyed to the High Commissioner, that the Government of Sri Lanka insists that immediate and swift action is taken to identify the perpetrators and take legal action to the fullest extent of the law, while also taking immediate measures to provide adequate security for the Sri Lanka High Commissioner, including assigning a Personal Security Officer; provide adequate security to the staff of the High Commission, the official residence and the Chancery premises as well as the Buddhist temple in Sentul, where an incident took place on Saturday 3 September. (Colombo Gazette)