Malaysian Tamil leader hard on Sri Lanka’s abetters, urges boycott

[TamilNet, Thursday, 12 August 2010, 17:12 GMT]
Malaysian Tamil leader and Deputy Chief Minister of the Penang State Prof P. Ramasamy came hard on some industrial circles of Ceylonese in Malaysia buttressing Colombo in the name of ‘development. Speaking to media Thursday he urged global Tamils to boycott commercial pursuits of Karunanidhi family. Party decisions announced by him urged Malaysian government to take a serious view of the situation in the island and wanted war crimes investigation to cover the roles played by Indian Prime Minister, Home Minister, Congress Party leader and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister. His party plans tabling resolution on war crimes investigation in the Penang State Assembly and internationally working for solutions to the national question of Eezham Tamils.

DAP Press Conference on Genocide Against Tamils
Professor P. Ramasamy, deputy chief minister of Penang state of Malaysia, addressing Malay, Chinese, English and Tamil journalists at DPA party headquarters. DAP parliamentarian M.Kulasegaran is seated to the left of Prof Ramasamy and environmental activists Srinivasa Rao and Gnanasegaran seated to the right


Deputy Chief Minister of Penang State of Malaysia, Prof P Ramasamy, convened Thursday a special press conference on Genocide Against Tamils in Sri Lanka, at Democratic Action Party (DAP) headquarters in Petaling Jaya, the twin city of Kuala Lumpur, to announce party decisions.

Participants included DAP parliamentarian M.Kulasegaran and Tamil Nadu environmental activists T. Srinivasa Rao and R Gnanasegaran, who internationally work for the cause of Eezham Tamils.

A special committee headed by Prof P. Ramasamy and Mr. M. Kulasegaran will probe into the war crimes committed against Tamils in Sri Lanka by the Sri Lankan security forces in May 2009, said a press statement of the DAP.

“There is an urgent need to investigate the role of India’s Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, the leader of the present ruling Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi, the Minister of Home Affaris, Chidambaram and not the least the dubious role of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M. Karunanidhi. According to some eyewitnesses, large-scale massacre took place after Karunanidhi had duped the Tamils to come out of their hiding by asserting that the Sri Lanka Army would not fire at them,” the press statement said.

“The serious violation of human rights leading to killings of thousands of Tamils in Sri Lanka was not confined to the actions of the Sri Lankan security forces above. While the direct perpetrators were the decision makers in the government and military circles, however, such an untold violence would not have taken place without the concurrence of the political leaders in India, both at the national and state level,” the press statement further said.

While responding to a question posed by Malaysian Nanban, a Tamil newspaper in Malaysia, Prof. Ramasamy said he was urging the Tamils in Malaysia, Tamils in Tamil Nadu and elsewhere to boycott commercial businesses operated by Karunanidhi family.

He said he was campaigning against screening Karunanidhi family-made films like Enthiran in Malaysia. He requested global Tamils to participate in such protests.

Prof Ramasamy told media that the real intention behind ‘development’ embarked upon by some Malaysian Ceylonese industrialists is safeguarding Mahinda Rajapaksa from war crimes investigation.

The Malaysian Tamil leader told media that his party would internationally work with democratically elected Eezham Tamil diaspora organisations, initiatives like Tamils Against Genocide (TAG) and with other human rights organisations in the ASEAN region.

Speaking to media, DAP parliamentarian M. Kulasegaran said “The Malaysian government gives all the support for the Palestinian cause but the same is not reflected in the Sri Lankan issue,” reported Free Malaysia Today.

Meanwhile, Malaysian immigration made a decision Thursday to release 62 Eezham Tamils asylum seekers it is detaining at the KLIA airport for the last 111 days. 13 more are still in custody. They may be released tomorrow, said Free Malaysia Today, citing Alternative Action Team, Malaysia.

One of the released asylum seekers had to be sent for psychiatric treatment for a stress-related ailment.

Full text of the press statement follows:

Genocide against Tamils in Sri Lanka

A special committee headed by Prof P. Ramasamy and Mr. M. Kulasegaran will probe into the war crimes committed against Tamils in Sri Lanka by the Sri Lankan security forces in May 2009.

In mid-May last year, during the final war between the Sri Lankan armed forces and Tamil Tigers (LTTE) in the north-east of Sri Lanka, thousands of innocent Tamils, including women and children were killed and injured. Apparantly, about 50,000 Tamils lost their lives due to aerial bombardment and indiscriminate shelling by the Sri Lankan armed forces into Tamil areas. After the military defeat of the LTTE, Tamils were placed in security camps and today thousands languish in squalid conditions without proper food, health care and the freedom of mobility.

Because of the indiscriminate killings of Tamils, the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon has set up an independent panel headed by Marzuki Darusman, a former Indonesian attorney general to probe into the war crimes. A few days back, lawmakers in the United States have urged President Barrack Obama not to delay in setting up a committee to investigate allegations of serious war crimes against Tamils.

To date, the Sri Lankan government headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa is delaying its own investigation of the war crimes. The government’s eight-member panel remains rather inactive matters affecting the Tamil community.

The serious violation of human rights leading to killings of thousands of Tamils in Sri Lanka was not confined to to the actions of the Sri Lankan security forces above. While the direct perpetrators were the decision makers in the government and military circles, however, such an untold violence would not have taken place without the concurrence of the political leaders in India, both at the national and state level.

There is an urgent need to investigate the role of India’s Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, the leader of the present ruling Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi, the Minister of Home Affairs, Chidambaram and not the least the dubious role of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M. Karunanidhi. According to some eyewitnesses, large-scale massacre took place after Karunanidhi had duped the Tamils to come out of their hiding by asserting that the Sri Lanka Army would not fire at them.

Given the strong international concerns of the serious breach of human rights in Sri Lanka, the DAP (Democratic Action Party) would like to establish a committee composed of members of the public, non-governmental organizations and human rights oganisation to assist the UN Panel on this gross human rights violation in Sri Lanka. Apart from assisting the UN Panel, we would like to request the Malaysian government to take a serious view of human rights situation of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

It is hoped that this small effort on the committee headed by the DAP national leaders will contribute to the improvement of human rights situation in Sri Lanka and provide the basis for the resolution of the long standing Tamil national question.


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