Police step up security for Sri Lankan envoy

khalid abu bakarKUALA LUMPUR: Police have increased security measures for Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Malaysia after he was assaulted at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) earlier this month.

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar also said his men were looking for four more suspects who were allegedly involved in the attack on Ibrahim Sahib Ansar.

“We have arrested five so far. I regret what had happened and we have increased the security for the high commissioner.

“We have stationed a security team at his residence and his office, and we have provided him with personal security,” he said at a press conference in Bukit Aman this morning.

Earlier reports had stated that a group of Malaysian Tamils had assaulted Ibrahim at a restricted area in the KLIA, with CCTV footage showing the angry mob cornering and questioning him before beating him down to the floor.

The assault on Ibrahim came after some 50 people had gathered outside the Putra World Trade Centre to protest against the visit by former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, whom they accused of being a “war criminal”.

The protesters cited the killing of thousands of Tamils during the civil war in Sri Lanka that ended in 2009, as a reason for their objection against Rajapaksa’s attendance at the conference of Asian political parties organised by the Malaysian Government.

Speaking on another matter, Khalid said security measures for the Sept 16 Malaysia Day celebration nationwide would be tightened.

This is in light of the arrests in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Pahang of three suspected IS militants who had intended to launch attacks on the eve of Merdeka Day.

“All police personnel will be involved (in this security measure). We will be prepared for all sorts of threats, be it from IS, or any quarters who plan to disrupt the Malaysia Day celebration.”

Asked about the persisting problem of illegal money lending in Malaysia, Khalid said it continued to exist as some members of the public were always looking for an easy way out.

“As long as there is a demand, this money lending activity, whether legal or illegal, will be there.

“I advise the public to seek loans through the proper channels so they don’t become a victim of unlicensed money lenders.”