KUCHING, Oct 14: The Sarawak Community Policing Association (SCPA) congratulates the Royal Malaysia Police for being proactive by arresting those suspected to be involved with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
According to SCPA chairman Datuk John Lau Pang Heng in a statement, research has confirmed that LTTE targets the economic hubs of a country to undermine the country’s economy.
“LTTE activities in Sri Lanka started a civil war there. There are six potential violations by LTTE: using civilians as a human buffer; killing civilians who attempted to flee from LTTE control; using military equipment in the proximity of civilians; forced recruitment of children; forced labour; killing of civilians through suicide attack. They intend to create internal conflicts that lead to civil war.
“The police are taking the right steps to maintain the security and safety of our country. The safety and security of our nation is a top priority, and anyone suspected to be involved in LTTE activities or in providing funding, needs to be arrested and investigated by the police. This is the right thing to do.
“We need to let the police do their investigation. SCPA calls upon every Malaysian to wait for the outcome of the investigation and during the meantime, do not make any statement which may jeopardise the case,” he added.
Lau supported the arrests which were made under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA).
He highlighted that Article 4 (i) of the SOSMA mentions that a police officer, may, without warrant, arrest and detain any person whom he has reason to believe to be involved in security offences.
He also pointed out Article 4 (3) which mentions that no person shall be arrested and detained under this section solely for his political belief or political activity.
“SCPA views the arrest of 12 persons under SOSMA suspected of their involvement in LTTE as fair and just.
It is not right for anyone to put the nation at security and safety risk.
“We also applaud the police plan to bring back Malaysians who are suspected to be involved in LTTE or terrorist activities overseas. They need to be brought to justice. If this is uncured, they may influence and instigate us in the future.
“SCPA calls upon members of the public to inform the police as and when they find any adverse activities in their communities. Police are here to maintain law and order and we need to support the police for doing their work,” he concluded. — DayakDaily