KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 8, 2007 (AFP) – Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has reportedly warned that ethnic Indian activists accused of having links with Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers could be held under internal security laws.
Ethnic rights group Hindraf, which organised mass anti-discrimination protests in November that were broken up with tear gas and water cannon, has been accused of seeking support from the Tigers.
Abdullah said he had ordered police to monitor Hindraf leaders and followers on suspicion of association with terrorists, and that they could be dealt with under the Internal Security Act (ISA) which allows detention without trial.
“ISA is an option,” the premier said according to the New Straits Times. “I will decide when the time is right.”
“If they are deemed (as a threat to national security) we will know what to do.”
Cabinet minister Nazri Abdul Aziz reportedly said Hindraf would be banned if it was found to be supported by groups like the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and Hindu paramilitary group Rashtriya Swayamesevak Sangh (RSS).
“If it is true that Hindraf leaders have links with them, Hindraf is also a terrorist group,” the de facto law minister said according to