Asri questions DAP leaders’ silence over ‘anti-Islam’ Ramasamy

PETALING JAYA: The mufti of Perlis has questioned the DAP leadership for not responding to allegations linking one of its senior leaders to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the rebel group which was locked in a decades-old civil war in Sri Lanka that killed hundreds of thousands of civilians.

“I’m disappointed and perplexed that none of the DAP leaders have spoken up,” Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin told Utusan Malaysia in an interview, referring to police reports against Penang Deputy Chief Minister II, P Ramasamy, over his alleged support for the group which has been declared a terrorist organisation in many countries.

“I am not sure if they are waiting for the outcome of police investigations. At least, I was hoping that the DAP leadership could ask the police to investigate him (on links to LTTE),” Asri said.

Asri and several individuals close to him recently stepped up pressure on Ramasamy to explain pictures of the Penang DAP leader with rebel leaders, including one in which he is seen paying tribute to an image of a combat rifle.

This followed Ramasamy’s continued attacks on Dr Zakir Naik, who is wanted over allegations of terrorism in India.

Asri has defended Naik, and questioned calls on Putrajaya to deport the Indian Muslim preacher.

On Friday, a group of Muslims led by an individual close to Asri held a protest outside a mosque in George Town, Penang, in support of Naik while calling for Ramasamy to be arrested for his support for the Tamil Tigers.

They also accused Ramasamy of hypocrisy, saying he had in the past protested against the deportation of LTTE-linked men to Sri Lanka but was now calling for Naik’s extradition.

Echoing the view, Asri in the interview with Utusan today said Ramasamy was guilty of double standards and shared anti-Muslim sentiments with LTTE.

“I can see Ramasamy’s anti-Islam attitude, similar to the characteristics of the LTTE struggle,” he said, adding that the rebel group had massacred Muslim villagers in its quest to establish a separate homeland for Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Asri said the authorities had previously taken action against IS sympathisers, even those who remotely supported the terror group.

“There were individuals charged with supporting terrorism only because they kept books on IS. What about people like Ramasamy who is free until today although his involvement with LTTE is far clearer than those who possess IS books?” said Asri, who denied that his criticism of Ramasamy had to do with his support for Naik.