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Malaysian PM warns Indians

Kuala Lumpur, December 8
Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has warned the ethnic Indians that they could be held under the Internal Security Act (ISA) if their actions threatened national interest and asked the police to monitor their movements.

Abdullah’s warning came following allegations by the authorities that the members of the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), which is spearheading the anti-government agitation against the alleged marginalisation of ethnic Indians, are linked with “terrorists” groups, including the LTTE.

“My instruction to the police is that the group should be monitored. Internal Security Act is an option. I will decide when the time is right. If they are deemed (as a threat to national security) we will know what to do,” the New Straits Times quoted Abdullah as saying.

Meanwhile, a senior leader in the Prime Minister’s department said the Malaysian government had Sri Lanka’s LTTE and India’s RSS as the overseas groups linked to Hindraf.

Mohamed Nazri Aziz was quoted by the Star newspaper as saying that this was deduced from statements of Hindraf leaders, who went abroad to garner support, that they would meet the LTTE leaders.

“As we know, the LTTE has been declared a terrorist group by the United Nations and the United States. If it is true that the Hindraf leaders have links with them, Hindraf is also a terrorist group,” he said. The paper did not make any further reference to Nazri’s comments on RSS.

Meanwhile, Malaysian authorities have revoked the licence of a company here because of its reported links to a Hindu rights group which is spearheading an anti-government agitation against the alleged marginalisation of ethnic Indians in the Muslim-dominated country.

Domestic trade and consumer affairs minister Shafie Apdal said the Companies Commission of Malaysia had revoked the licence of “Syarikat Hindraf Enterprise” -- which reportedly had links with the non-governmental Hindraf.

“The revocation of the licence was made under the Business Registration Act 1956 because the company was found to be involved in non business activities which could threaten national security,” Shafie said. — PTI

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