IF police had conducted surveillance on those recently arrested over a defunct Tamil terrorist group’s alleged activities, there should be evidence to charge them in court instead of holding them under a detention law, the Malaysian Bar said today.
Bar president Abdul Fareed Abdul Gafoor said those who have been arrested for alleged links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) need not be held under the provisions of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma).
Sosma allows police to detain individuals for up to 28 days without facing any charge.
“It must be reminded that the provision of Sosma has been abused in the past in cases where (those detained) were released after lengthy detention without any charges preferred against them.
“The Malaysian Bar views with concern the arrest of any individuals without justification and has consistently called for the abolition of Sosma and all other draconian laws,” Fareed said in a statement.
He urged police to speed up their investigations and charge the 12 men arrested, since police said they had carried out surveillance on the men.
“(This) means that the police is deemed to have some evidence of their involvement in activities detrimental to the security of the nation. (Adhere) to the rule of law and natural justice and charge them in court if there are enough evidence to do so,” Fareed added.
The first batch of seven men were arrested last Thursday, and another five on Saturday.
Of the 12, two are DAP elected representatives – Gadek assemblyman G. Saminathan, who is also a Malacca exco, and Seremban Jaya assemblyman P. Gunasekaran.
Two other DAP members are said to be among five arrested on Saturday. They are an executive of a Malacca government-owned company and a Malacca municipal council member.
Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division (E8) principle assistant director Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay had said that those arrested had been under police surveillance since November last year.
Ramasamy wants white papers on Malaysian IS fights, Zakir Naik, 1MDB
P. RAMASAMY today called for white papers on a list of issues in response to PAS’ demand for a white paper to be tabled in parliament on DAP members’ alleged attempts to revive Sri Lankan separatist movement Tamil Tigers in Malaysia.
“I welcome the white paper (on Tamil Tigers) but let us also have similar white papers on 1MDB, the amount of 1MDB money which PAS received, on those returning Islamic State fighters and on controversial preacher Zakir Naik,” the Penang deputy chief minister told reporters in Parliament today.
“We need to know who is protecting Zakir Naik. Why is he still allowed to be here when he is linked with terrorism?
“I want white papers on all these issues to be tabled in parliament.”
On the matter of IS militants, he said the white paper should discuss the number of Malaysians who had fought for the terror group and how many of them have returned home.
Yesterday PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan called on the the government to table a white paper on the local attempts to revive the Tamil Tigers.
“Considering that this is a public interest matter, PAS demands that the government table a white paper on the propagation of ideology, organisational network and activities of those suspected of involvement with the extremist Tamil Tigers group in Malaysia, which has also been linked with a few local politicians,” he said.
He also urged for the arrest of Ramasamy for his links with the defunct group.
Barisan Nasional has backed the PAS call for the white paper on the alleged local Tamil Tiger movement.
The calls come following the arrest of 12, including DAP assemblymen G. Saminathan and P. Gunasekaren, on charges of promoting, supporting and channelling funds to the Tamil Tigers.
Earlier today DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang said his party supported the PAS proposal for a white paper on alleged activities of the banned group but said it should cover the full range of the terrorism threat in Malaysia.
He said the white paper must also look into Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain’s recent banning of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) as a terrorist group.
PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang is the vice-president of IUMS, he said.