GEORGE TOWN: Speculation is rife that Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy might be arrested too over alleged links to a defunct Sri Lankan separatist (terrorist) group.
“So I hear I am going to be arrested. If they want to, go ahead. I am not fugitive seeking asylum in this country,” he told Free Malaysia Today (FMT) news portal yesterday.
Police arrested yesterday seven men including two assemblymen for allegedly supporting, promoting, recruiting, funding and being in possession of items related to Sri Lanka based militant group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), according to NST report.
Ramasamy claims that the arrest of the two DAP assemblymen was likely pushed by supporters of Indian preacher Dr Zakir Naik, and accuses this later of having been going all out to tarnish his name by calling him a terrorist and reusing old pictures of his peace missions to Sri Lanka from 10 years ago.
“This is because I have been firm on Naik’s deportation. Certain groups are upset and have engineered fiction to smear me and others who are sympathetic towards the Tamil cause in Sri Lanka,” he told FMT.
Federal police Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division (E8) principal assistant director Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said all seven suspects had been under their radar for alleged involvement in terror-linked activities since last November.
The Melaka state assemblyman and his Negri Sembilan counterpart were detained for supporting the ideology of LTTE, which had been classified as a terrorist group in Malaysia since 2014, Ayob told a media conference.
“Both the assemblymen had attended the Melaka LTTE Heroes’ Day ceremony on Nov 28. They both delivered speeches and openly supported the terrorist group and also found delivered brochures linked to the LTTE,” he was quoted as saying by NST.
Following the arrest of two DAP state lawmakers, PAS leader Datuk Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali At-Takiri also called for the arrest of the Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy over his alleged involvement with the defunct group, Malay Mail reported.
“I welcome the action of the police to arrest the Seremban Jaya assemblyman P. Gunasekaran and the Gadded Adun who is also an exco member of the Melaka state government G. Saminathan under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).
“However, I am of the view that it is more important that they arrest the Perai Adun, who is Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy,” read his statement today.