Sri Lankan Idi Amin Rajapakse runs through the back door in Malaysia

Indian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and politicians converged at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) today to vent out their frustration over the visit of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse into Malaysia.

Rajapakse accused of War Crime for heading the Army to kill thousands of Tamil Civilians  was in Kuala Lumpur to attend the International Conference of Asia Pacific Parliament Members Union (ICAPPMU) in PWTC, which is being held from Thursdays until Sunday.

The group, saying they were insulted by Rajapakse’s visit, marched towards PWTC from the MIC headquarters nearby at 8.30am.

They were also heard chanting ‘Rajapakse get lost’ and stomping on the former president’s poster.

Sungkai DAP state assemblyman A. Sevanesan said it was very insensitive to allow someone who has allegedly conducted ethnic cleansing of the Tamils in Sri Lanka into Malaysia where there are many Tamil people.

“The government and police should chase him away, bring him back to his own country because this is very sensitive issue that touches the Indian community in the country. “I don’t know how the government can allow this ‘world-class criminal’ to enter this great country,” he added.

1ACAC8CD-8808-4429-A819-E4234AF01F69_cx0_cy4_cw0_w987_r1_s_r1There is a large Tamil community in Sri Lanka and many Indian Tamils accuse Rajapakse of atrocities against the community during the 2009 conflict in the island nation. He and his brother Gotha are accused of leading the Sri Lankan Army to kill more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009 and kill more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with White Flag after UN negotiated the surrender.

Demonstrators held up banners and posters featuring his likeness horned and fanged with messages that read “Rajapaksa is a killer”, “Sri Lankan Idi Amin” and “Get Out Rajapaksa”. Some included images of bloodied victims of the Sri Lankan civil war. 

Heavy police presence saw at the PWTC including Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) as the group was also trying to barge into the building. This protest has also caused traffic congestion. Rajapakshe had to run through the back door of the building to the car and was taken to the hotel safely by the police.

Rajapaksha should be banned from Malaysia until investigation over the War Crime on him is completed said a Malaysian politician. 

A United Nations report into the conflict found “patterns of grave violations” perpetrated by the Sri Lankan government between 2002 and 2011 and said it was likely that tens of thousands lost their lives in the final stages of the war.

Rajapaksa who lost reelection in January 2015 denied the allegations and criticised the report in September that same year, claiming only the UN’s Security Council has authority to mount any war inquiry and not the world body’s human rights offices.

He also condemned the UN Human Rights Council’s recommendation to set up a hybrid court with international judges to charge the war criminals.

Demonstrators held up banners and posters featuring his likeness horned and fanged with messages that read “Rajapaksa is a killer”, “Sri Lankan Idi Amin” and “Get Out Rajapaksa”. Some included images of bloodied victims of the Sri Lankan civil war.

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