DAP shocked over arrests of 2 elected reps, offers legal assistance

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng says the party believed in the innocence of its two DAP assemblymen, who were arrested under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma).

PETALING JAYA: DAP will provide a legal team to represent its two DAP leaders arrested by police for their alleged involvement in Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) activities, the party’s secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said today.

He said they will be represented by Bukit Glugor MP Ramkarpal Singh and Jelutong MP RSN Rayer.

Police had earlier detained Malacca exco member and Gadek assemblyman G Saminathan and Seremban Jaya assemblyman P Gunasekaran.

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.

Lim said DAP believed in the innocence of its two DAP assemblymen, who were arrested under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma).

“Their involvement in DAP so far has shown no indication that the two were involved in any activities that departed from the party’s stand on moderation, non-violence and peaceful resolution.

“The arrests were shocking and I have expressed to the authorities that the party stands firmly behind our two state legislators,” Lim said in a statement.

P Gunasekaran.

He said both men will be subject to investigations under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma), which allows for 28 days detention.

“The police have promised a speedy investigation to allow for the submission of their investigation papers to the Attorney-General’s Chambers and enable our two DAP leaders to be released early.”

Lim, who is also finance minister, said the police also claimed to have concrete proof to make such arrests and had referred to all relevant authorities at the highest levels, before taking action.

“I was also informed that while more people will be arrested for alleged links to LTTE, no more leaders or wakil rakyat from DAP will be targeted.

“Both of our legislators were praised by the police for co-operating fully and calmly with the police during their arrests.”

The party has asked DAP national vice-chairman M Kulasegaran to represent the party in liaising with the relevant authorities, our legislators and family members.

“DAP hopes that both our our elected reps will take their present predicament as a challenge, with resilience and faith. They must believe that truth shall not only be made known and prevail, but also set them free.”

‘Release 7 held under Sosma’

Meanwhile, 10 PH Indian leaders today issued a statement urging the government to immediately release those arrested without any condition.

“The arrest and detention is nothing but a gross travesty of justice. Arrests and detention cannot be justified under the new PH government,” they said in a statement.

The statement was jointly issued by Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy, Selangor exco V Ganabatirau, Sabai assemblyman Kamache Doray Rajoo, Batu Gajah MP V Sivakumar, Bagan Dalam assemblyman Satees Muniandy, Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran, Jelutong MP RSN Rayer, Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto, Batu Uban assemblyman A Kumaresan and Senator R Suresh Singh.

They said the arrests are beyond comprehension as the LTTE, as a Tamil liberation force, was decimated in Sri Lanka during the final stages of the civil war in 2009.

“Most of its leaders have been killed or imprisoned. More than 10 years have elapsed since the civil war.

“The Tamil cause was bigger than the armed struggle waged by the LTTE.

“Just like the Muslims in Malaysia who are sympathetic to the cause of Palestinians, Rohingya and others, Tamils have natural ethnic and emotional ties with their kind in Sri Lanka.

“It is highly irresponsible to detain these seven when there exists no links with the LTTE. The talk of the revival of the LTTE does not make any sense in the Malaysian context.”

The leaders said during the civil war in Sri Lanka, hundreds and thousands of innocent Tamils were killed and injured. Countless Tamil women were raped and sexually assaulted.

“It is natural that some sections of Tamil society have sympathy and concern for what happened to Tamils in Sri Lanka.

“It was not unusual for Tamil NGOs to hold functions to show respect to those who perished in the civil war. During these ceremonies, songs are sung and prayers are conducted.”

The PH leaders said Sosma was supposed to have been removed by the PH government but its abuse continues.