MDMK chief Vaiko detained at Kuala Lumpur airport, to be sent back

When Vaiko was told that there were "several cases against him in Sri Lanka," he denied it and told them that he was an Indian citizen and showed them his passport too.

By: PTI | Chennai | Published:June 9, 2017 3:13 pm
Vaiko detained, Vaiko, MDMK chief Vaiko, Kuala Lumpur airport, Officials told him that “he belonged to the LTTE in Sri Lanka,” and quizzed him over the outfit, the party said. (File photo)

MDMK chief Vaiko was on Friday stopped from entering Malaysia and detained at the Kuala Lumpur airport where officials questioned him over his alleged links to the LTTE. He will be sent back to Chennai by a Malaysian Airlines flight Friday night, the MDMK (Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) said in a release here. He is expected to reach here by 10.45 pm.

The leader was scheduled to attend the wedding reception of the daughter of the Deputy Chief Minister of Malaysian state of Penang, P Ramasamy, on June 10.

The party said when Vaiko landed at the Kuala Lumpur airport this morning, immigration authorities told him that he had been banned from entering the country since his name figured “in the list of persons dangerous to Malaysia.”

Officials told him that “he belonged to the LTTE in Sri Lanka,” and quizzed him over the outfit, the party said.

When Vaiko was told that there were “several cases against him in Sri Lanka,” he denied it and told them that he was an Indian citizen and showed them his passport too.

“Still, the authorities did not accept it and made Vaiko sit in an enclosure in the immigration office. They took away his passport and told him that he should not step out of that place,” the release said.

Vaiko apprised Deputy Chief Minister Ramasamy on the development.

Despite Ramasamy and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s efforts, officials did not permit the pro-Tamil leader to enter Malaysia saying they “have got an order from the office of Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister,” the party said.

Ramsamy also talked to Vaiko over phone. The latter told him that he had not been “harmed” but was “made to sit in a place where I could not meet anyone,” the MDMK said.

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  1. K
    Jun 11, 2017 at 12:53 am
    If it is in India officials permit him after getting a lumpsome amount.
    1. K
      Krish Menon
      Jun 9, 2017 at 8:51 pm
      This is the first of the International countries now taking action against LTTE and its supporters. Lets see who else jumps on the bandwagon!
      1. S
        Sankaran Krishnan
        Jun 9, 2017 at 7:08 pm
        At the first instance on what basis Visa was given to him and why it was not checked at that point of time itself and thus avoided this embarrassment though he deserves this punishment. Secondly let us appreciate the Immigration Officials who are all followed the rules book strictly and adhered to even after they got the phone call from the Penang CM and Dy. CM and Imagine if it happened in India or in Tamil Nadu what might have happened to the Immigration Official and they used this denial and make a politics over the issue wheres now Vaiko is returning silently shows the real face of our Politicians irrespective of the party they belong !!!!
        1. K
          Jun 9, 2017 at 6:47 pm
          Truth is winning and will become common knowledge very soon I hope.
          1. D
            Digvijay Sharma
            Jun 9, 2017 at 5:40 pm
            Good decision - This mad rabble rouser should face the music for his extreme views. These irresponsible politicians will learn to behave only when they have to pay the price . Denying them entry into other countries is a good idea
            1. C
              Jun 9, 2017 at 5:25 pm
              Down sized to the ground reality. In India they think they are above law and behave like that every where but when they step out they are forced to realize what they really are!!! This is happening for these so called leaders all over the globe as many of the admin staff are not bothered except implementing the law of their nations. This as could be seen even after high ups calls nothing happened. Hope our Babus would learn the lessons to implement the law of the nation. Jaihind
              1. R
                Jun 9, 2017 at 5:04 pm
                This is injustice
                1. S
                  Jun 9, 2017 at 5:50 pm
                  Serves him right for pretending to be a leader of Tamils. He is the same person who wanted to have the Tamil lttte criminals released from prison where they have been justly kept. He perhaps thought this move will make him a hero amongst the Tamil extremists. The Supreme Court rejected the plea and so did the centre as without any iota of justification. In Tamil Nadu every party outdoes the other in pandering to extremist and chauvinistic elements no doubt helped by the hindi speaking central ministers who parrot the rightis caucau without heed to how it will impact the south.
                  1. S
                    S bmniac
                    Jun 9, 2017 at 11:50 pm
                    In the last more than half a century Tamils have had "leaders who have led them down sel them delusional past and a highly dissatisfied imaginary present bases on Tamil exclusivity and Tamil exceptionalism. One hope the next generation wakes up. Which will happen only leaders of the various so called Dravidian groups are rejected. If the Malaysian Government perceives him to have been sympathetic to terrorists they have every right to keep him away from their soil
                  2. N
                    Jun 9, 2017 at 4:40 pm
                    He could have been a bright progressive Tamil leader. That is his potential. But blind belief that Tamils are under attack just the way some minorities are made to feel made him a pigmy. He is pro LTTE and just not pro tamil. He is irresponsible. He deserves this treatment. But look at Malaysian systems. They could not be bent by a CMand Dy CM of a state. Kudos to them.
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