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Tigers everywhere: Malaysia’s

terrorism mystery
Dennis Ignatius - October 16, 2019 7:00 AM

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Tyger Tyger, burning bright, In


the forests of the night;

What immortal hand or eye,


Could frame thy fearful
symmetry?
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To begin let me hasten to
clarify that the above verse is UM academics stand by
not an ode to the Liberation convo protest student
Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE); it October 16, 2019 11:40 AM

is part of a 1794 poem by


William Blake which all students of my vintage had to Tigers everywhere: Malaysia’s
memorise in our English Literature class.
terrorism mystery
October 16, 2019 7:00 AM

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I’m just being cautious, mind you; having run afoul of the all- After convo protest, student
powerful fugitive preacher from India, I have to be careful that claims UM barred him from
any reference I make to tigers is not equated with sympathy receiving scroll
October 15, 2019 5:33 PM
for the LTTE and result in another round of questioning by the
police.
Judge reprimands Najib for
skipping his 1MDB trial
Blake’s poem came to mind for no apparent reason, perhaps
October 15, 2019 6:09 PM
because there seems to be no apparent reason behind the
sudden surge in LTTE activity. It is certainly a little more than Slithery sewer discovery
intriguing that a long-dead Sri Lankan terror organisation reveals Thailand’s third-
would suddenly rise, phoenix-like from the ashes, in Malaysia largest snake
of all places. Not in Sri Lanka (where it all began), not in October 15, 2019 3:31 PM

Canada (which has the largest concentration of Sri Lankan


No vague answers please,
Tamils outside of Sri Lanka) or in Tamil Nadu, but here in our
DAP man tells Dr M over
very own backyard. Tigers are suddenly everywhere it seems.
rumour
October 17, 2019 8:30 AM
Going by the spate of arrests, replete with dramatic
photographs of heavily armed police commandos arresting LTTE 2 social media users under
“terror” suspects – photographs taken and distributed by the probe for insulting PM, Islam
police themselves – I wouldn’t be surprised if the LTTE terror October 16, 2019 11:59 AM

threat soon surpasses even that of Islamic State militants.


MIER chief blames rent-
seeking politicians for NEP’s
And who would have thought that the DAP – which has long
failure
been accused of being the last redoubt of the Malayan
October 16, 2019 9:15 AM
Communist Party, home to assorted Christian evangelists and

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Jewish agents bent on undermining the country – is also the I never created terrorists,
spawning ground of wannabe LTTE tigers. Zakir Naik tells India’s NIA
October 16, 2019 3:10 PM

No wonder a whole gaggle of “Ketuanan Melayu” politicians and


Isa said Najib wanted review
religious extremists is delirious with excitement and falling over
of decision not to buy hotel,
each other to demand tough action against the party. And not
court told
content with the arrests thus far, they also want Penang Deputy
October 16, 2019 6:24 PM
Chief Minister II P Ramasamy detained as well. Now they are
even demanding that the government table a white paper in
parliament on the whole LTTE issue.
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I suppose they will soon be calling for the police to classify the
DAP as a terrorist organisation and ban it altogether –
something these bigots have been dreaming about for years.

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Their sudden concern about terrorism is also puzzling since
Leaving a legacy
they had nothing to say about all the other far worse Islamic
state terrorism cases. Earlier this month, the police announced
to protect your
that they had thwarted 25 planned terrorist attacks by Islamic family’s future
militants in the country since 2013, including “several large- Life is unpredictable but
scale strikes on Christian, Hindu and Buddhist houses of planning for your family's

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worship and entertainment outlets in the Klang Valley.” There lifelong protection doesn't have
to be.
were no calls for a white paper then.

Even now hundreds of Malaysian IS foot soldiers and


supporters are being brought home but we don’t hear them
demanding to know how the government plans to deal with
some of these hardcore terrorists. FMT GALLERY

Leaving all that aside, however, the whole LTTE issue is bizarre
enough to beg speculation about what is really going on,
particularly when so many things don’t add up.

In the first place, there have been no reports anywhere of an


LTTE revival. Indeed, the European Court of Justice ruled in
PHOTOS
2017 that the LTTE should be removed from the EU’s terrorism
list. No news tomorrow: Goodbye
Utusan
October 10, 2019 9:25 AM
As well, both Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Special
Branch Counter-Terrorism chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay insist
that the police have “strong evidence” obtained by “intelligence
operations carried out over a long period of time.” And yet,
instead of charging them in open court, the 12 suspects are
being held under the infamous Security Offences and Special
Measures Act (Sosma).
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Sosma not only allows the police to detain suspects for up to Merge land, run them
like large plantations, Dr
28 days; it also contains provisions which many human rights M tells smallholders
lawyers argue hinders a fair trial for those charged with October 17, 2019 12:24
PM
security offences. If others accused of terrorism-related
offences can be charged in court, why not these suspects? Tycoon Halim Saad
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Ayob also said that “if we don’t make a move now, we might be October 17, 2019 11:05
AM
seeing something else happening although so far the group is
just promoting and supporting the LTTE’s causes but let’s not Kit Siang wants UM to
withdraw report against
forget the incident in 2016 where a Sri Lankan high
student protester
commissioner was attacked at the airport.” October 17, 2019 11:04
AM

It is strange that Ayob should seek to link the attack on the Fomca rejects lower
threshold for foreign
high commissioner to local LTTE supporters when the then
property buyers
deputy home minister, Nur Jazlan Mohamed, said at the time October 17, 2019 10:05
AM
that it was “an isolated incident” which had “nothing to do with
terrorism.” Three of the suspects were eventually charged in Putrajaya braces for
court “with rioting, mischief and causing hurt,” not terrorism- oods, freezes leave for
agencies
related charges. October 17, 2019 9:38 AM

I suppose we will all now have to wait to see if the police will  

be able to prove their case against the 12 suspects now in


detention and charge them in court. Hopefully, it will happen
sooner than later. Make no mistake: the whole credibility of the
police force, as well as the Pakatan Harapan government, is
now on the line.

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In the meantime, the arrests under Sosma, a law which has no
place in any country that claims to be democratic and which
has been abused before, should serve as a reminder of the
unfinished Reformasi agenda that brought this government to
power.

The views expressed are those of the author and do not


necessarily reflect those of FMT.

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