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Strong evidence of LTTE terrorism: Muhyiddin
Published on: Sunday, October 13, 2019
By: Bernama

MELAKA: Police have strong evidence to conduct investigations against Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) based on intelligence carried out over a long period of time.

Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic) said police intelligence showed there are strong evidence of terrorism or the possibility of terrorism from the LTTE group in the country.

“The basic question is not on LTTE but police intelligence found there are elements of terrorism or possible terrorism in the probe into LTTE,” he told reporters here Saturday.

He said after attending an investiture ceremony in conjunction with the 81st birthday of Melaka Yang Dipertua Negeri, Tun Dr Mohd Khalil Yaakob at Balai Istiadat, Seri Negeri in Ayer Keroh.

Muhyiddin was the sole recipient of the Darjah Utama Negeri Melaka (DUNM) which carries the title Datuk Seri Utama.

Muhyiddin said LTTE is still considered a terrorist group even though it had been banned for a long time.

He said the decision on the group was made by police based on intelligence over a long period of time.   

He said the decision to investigate the group was made by the police based on intelligence that had been going on for a very long time because it did not want to see any local or foreign parties getting involved in the elements of terrorism.

“We have to nip it at the bud or take stern actions based the law we are enforcing… for me the Royal Malaysia Police had acted to safeguard the country’s security based on existing provisions.

“I hope all parties understand as we want to ensure the country is peaceful as the elements of terrorism is not dependent on the question of race, if there are Daesh among Malays and Muslims, we will also take action,” he said.

Meanwhile, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador on Saturday stressed that any form of threat linked to terrorist groups is being dealt with in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

He said investigations were always carried out professionally based on reports and evidence gathered by the police.

“We cannot rush the investigations. There must be reports and evidence, only then action can be taken, whether they are political leaders or not.

“The police investigation is fair. I assure those arrested for suspected involvement with terrorism activities, it is to stop the activities from continuing to the dangerous levels like suicide bombers. We are trying to stop it and take action,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after the launch of the Royal Malaysian Police Force (PDRM) 2019 National Sports Month in Bukit Aman, in Kuala Lumpur, Saturday.

Abdul Hamid said the arrests would not be carried out arbitrarily and would have nothing to do with political, racial and religious issues.

He said the detained individuals would be given their due rights under the law and all the allegations that the PDRM denied their rights were untrue.

“I urge political leaders to calm down. The issue of security is the responsibility of the PDRM...I will be fair and follow the SOP, if found innocent, we will refer to the Attorney General’s Chambers for further decision.

“For example, you do not want incident such as the attack on Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Wiranto, to happen here (Malaysia). We will deal with all forms of violence,” he said.

On Oct 10, two state assemblymen from Melaka and Negeri Sembilan were among seven individuals detained for alleged involvement in the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

All of them were detained during the Bukit Aman police operations in Melaka, Perak, Kedah and Negeri Sembilan.



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