Malaysian Tamils accused of Sri Lanka Tiger links

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 7, 2007 (AFP) – Malaysian authorities have accused ethnic Indian activists of having links with Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers, a charge the campaigners said could see them detained under internal security laws.

Leaders of ethnic rights group Hindraf, which last month organised mass anti-discrimination protests that were broken up with tear gas and water cannons, have already been slapped with sedition charges.

Police Inspector-General Musa Hassan accused them of seeking support from terrorists, smearing Malaysia’s reputation, and inciting racial hatred — a serious charge in the multicultural country dominated by Muslim Malays.

“Of late there have been indications that Hindraf is trying to seek support and help from terrorist groups,” Musa said in a statement carried by the official Bernama news agency late Thursday, without giving any details.

However, Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail said Hindraf was suspected of involvement with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) whose campaign for an independent homeland has left tens of thousands dead since 1972.

“Somebody lodged a report based on the grounds that these people have gone out to contact the LTTE. We all know that the LTTE h