Rajapaksa gets fiery protest from MIC and Tamil NGOs

 |Sep 1, 2016
Former Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa
Former Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa

MIC Youth and group of Tamil non-governmental organization (NGOs) stand together at Putra World Trade Center to protest against the delegation of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa to Malaysia.

At 11.30 today morning around 60 protestors gathered to show their non-welcome of Rajapaksa and delegation attending the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) meeting.

The meeting will be held from Sept 1 to 4 which will see parliamentarians Dinesh Gunawardana, Jonston Fernando and Lohan Ratwatte, former parliamentarians Udith Lokubandara and A.H.M Azwer and former provincial council minister Upali Kodikara as part of the delegation.

The group of protestors in solidarity against the arrival of Rajapaksa.
The group of protestors in solidarity against the arrival of Rajapaksa.

According to sources, Rajapaksa and the delegation have arrived Kuala Lumpur yesterday night.

It is also learnt that the former president Rajapaksa will meet Prime Minister Najib and visit several Buddhist places of worship in the country.

Speaking to Malaysia Outlook, MIC Youth chief C Sivarraajh said that Malaysian government should not allow a war criminal to enter our harmonious and peaceful country.

“Our government should impose a life ban and non entry clearance should be given to Rajapaksa.

“The government should be sensitive to the Tamil sentiments and we strongly oppose his arrival,” said Sivarraajh.

He also informed that he and his team will submit a memorandum to Wisma Putra later to oppose his arrival.

The group of protestors
The group of protestors

Sivarraajh added that he’s extremely unhappy with the arrival of Rajapaksa and his delegation.

Among the other Tamil activists who attended the protest are Kalaimugilan from Naam Tamilar association, Murali of Tamilar Utavum Karangal, PKR Youth Theeban, political activist Vasantha kumar and MIPAS Barathidasan.

Activist Kalaimugilan is expected to hand in a memorandum to Sri Lankan embassy later to protest the arrival of Rajapaksa.

Rajapaksa is alleged to be responsible for massacre of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Thousands of Tamils are thought to have died in May 2009, when a large concentration of Tamil Tiger guerrillas and civilians, crammed in a small coastal strip, came under heavy bombardment from Sri Lankan government forces.

In 2010, the US ambassador in Colombo, Patricia Butenis, said one of the reasons there was such little progress towards a genuine Sri Lankan inquiry into the killings was that the president and the former army commander, Sarath Fonseka, were largely responsible.

The protestors burning his effigy and photos.
The protestors burning his effigy and photos.

In January 2015, Rajapaksa has been defeated in the presidential election.

Official results showed Maithripala Sirisena, a former ally of the incumbent, had won 51.3% of the vote.

His supporters credit him with ending the civil war and boosting the economy, but critics say he had become increasingly authoritarian and corrupt.

Sirisena had already received promises of support from Tamil and Muslim leaders before the election.



Ramani has been a writer and analyst for the past 10 years believes in fair news reporting.