DAP reps nabbed for trying to revive Tamil Tigers, cops claim

Bukit Aman’s anti-terrorism chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay says police have been monitoring seven people arrested over their alleged links to LTTE. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Aman said it has detected attempts to revive the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), following the arrest of two DAP assemblymen over alleged links to the now-defunct Sri Lankan separatist group.

Bukit Aman’s anti-terrorism chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said a total of seven men were arrested, adding that police had been monitoring their movements since November last year.

It was reported that DAP’s Gadek assemblyman G Saminathan, who is also a Melaka state executive councillor, and Seremban Jaya assemblyman P Gunasekaren, were arrested this morning.

Ayob said the seven have been involved in fundraising for LTTE.

He said Gunasekaren was present at an event to pay tribute to LTTE fighters in Negeri Sembilan on Nov 28 last year, adding that the DAP assemblyman had also distributed leaflets in support of the group.

A suspect being detained in Segamat, Johor.

“The other assemblyman arrested in Melaka has also committed a similar offence by delivering a speech in support of LTTE,” he added.

Ayob said the other suspects include a 28-year-old scrap dealer who has been organising the pro-LTTE event in Kuala Lumpur in November every year.

He said the man had been convicted of assaulting the Sri Lankan high commissioner Ibrahim Sahib Ansar at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in 2016.

Another man arrested in Sungai Siput, Perak.

The fourth suspect is an insurance agent who the police suspect of plotting an attack on the Sri Lankan high commission in Kuala Lumpur.

The fifth suspect, from Sungai Siput, Perak, is a taxi driver who had recruited members and was also convicted in the attack on the Sri Lankan envoy in 2016.

Two others are a 27-year-old technician from Kulim, Kedah, and a 57-year-old restaurant operator from Sungai Buloh, said police.