Malaysia insists attack on Lankan envoy not terrorism

nurjazlan_kdn_160904Malaysia has insisted that the assault on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Malaysia Ibrahim Ansar is an isolated case of political differences, and not terrorism.

Malaysia’s Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohame said that while LTTE sympathisers had been arrested in Malaysia in the past, the incident involving the High Commissioner was political, The Star reported.

“It (the assault) is an isolated case of the political situation in Sri Lanka that is brought here in Malaysia. It has nothing to do with terrorism in Sri Lanka. That is a different thing. We have caught LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) sympathisers in Malaysia before. But this assault case is different and related to political differences that are brought here,” said the Deputy Home Minister.

Nur Jazlan, however, did not elaborate on the identities of the perpetrators of the assault.

On Monday, police said five people had been arrested over the assault, which occurred at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The case is being investigated under Section 147 of the Penal Code for rioting.

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry in a statement has condemned the attack on its High Commissioner.

Nur Jazlan said the matter is being handled “very seriously” as it could affect diplomatic relations.

“We are taking serious action against the perpetrators of the assault. We want to make sure it does not have impact on Malaysia.

“We do not want to be seen as meddling into the internal affairs of Sri Lanka,” he said.

About 100 people gathered in Kuala Lumpur last week to protest the presence of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was attending an international conference in Malaysia.

Meanwhile the Bernama website quoted Selangor police chief Datuk Abdul Samah Mat as saying that prior to the assault incident, they had received 47 police reports objecting to the presence of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa in the country to attend the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP).

“So far five individuals suspected to be involved in the assault have been placed under remand, from yesterday till tomorrow.

“The were detained by a special task force at their respective homes, three in Sungai Siput, Perak, an one each in Rawang and Dengkil, Selangor. All are locals and it is understood they were angry about the presence of Rajapaksa in the country,” he said.

He told this to reporters after attending Selangor police’s monthly gathering at the Petaling Jaya police headquarters yesterday.

He said the five were being investigated under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).

“We also identified four of their accomplices, all locals, and are tracking them down.

On security aspects at KLIA, Abdul Samah said police were not informed about the presence of Ibrahim at the airport.

“Policemen could not take any action because they thought it was an ordinary fight and also did not know the person being attacked was the Sri Lankan High Commissioner,” he said. (Colombo Gazette)