‘Not treated like criminal but common courtesies were lacking’: MDMK’s Vaiko on detention at Malaysia airport

Despite an explanation by Vaiko that he was an Indian citizen, the authorities reportedly paid no heed to his claims.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 10, 2017 9:05 am
vaiko, mdmk, mdmk chief detained, vaiko malaysia, vaiko ltte, india news In a statement released in Chennai on Friday, MDMK alleged Vaiko was stopped from entering the country by Malaysian immigration authorities as his name figured “in the list of persons dangerous to Malaysia.”

A day after MDMK chief Vaiko was denied entry to Malaysia and detained at the Kuala Lumpur airport for questions over alleged links to LTTE, the pro-Tamil leader spoke on his experience of the incident. “I wasn’t treated like a criminal but common courtesies were lacking,” Vaiko told reporters in Chennai on Saturday morning. Vaiko had gone to Malaysia to attend the wedding reception of Penang’s Deputy CM P Ramasamy’s daughter on June 10.

In a statement released in Chennai on Friday, MDMK alleged Vaiko was stopped from entering the country by Malaysian immigration authorities as his name figured “in the list of persons dangerous to Malaysia.” The statement also added that the officials told Vaiko “he belonged to the LTTE in Sri Lanka,” along with interrogating him on the outfit.

Despite an explanation by Vaiko that he was an Indian citizen, the authorities reportedly paid no heed to his claims. “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.

The MDMK chief then spoke to Ramasamy on the development who could not ensure his entry to Malaysia since the authorities had “an order from the office of Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister,” the party claimed.

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    Geeta Mo
    Jun 11, 2017 at 9:33 am
    We Indians in Malaysia are suffering worst than this. One NGO is behind this delima.
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      sampath
      Jun 10, 2017 at 12:51 pm
      Vaiko is a dangerous nut who is at the extremes of issues. Malaysia did well to show him what happens if anyone tries to spread separatism in any country. Those days are gone when you could do that. Today all non-state violence is looked at as terrorism. If Muthiah Muralitharan as a sri lankan tamil can act as a strong bridge between India and Sri Lanka what is Vaiko's problem ?
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        French Tamil
        Jun 11, 2017 at 3:25 am
        Slaves like you lived all the time.
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        freethinker
        Jun 10, 2017 at 12:47 pm
        Vaiko has nothing much to complain about. Hasn't he got criminal cases pending against him? Malaysia is not wrong to deny him entry. A country has the right to choose whom to admit and whom to reject on its borders and entry points.
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          French Tamil
          Jun 11, 2017 at 3:27 am
          Yes - they love Zakir Naik - ISIS...Ak Kaida.. great country.
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          Curious onlooker
          Jun 10, 2017 at 9:38 am
          You were not treated like a criminal for which you must be thankful. You had the gall to enter the country after your alleged past links with LTTE?
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            vijayhemas
            Jun 10, 2017 at 10:17 am
            Supporting a indigenous outfit fighting for their rights is not a crime ji..then INDIRA ji has given arms and training to LTTE, u dont know history i think still in Rajiv's murder read jain commission report lots of cross firing going on. Vaiko is a good parlimentarian not like ur cowdung MPS he is a issue based politician, he is not a one who should be treated like this, atleast in visa they should have informed him, first try to arrest dawood and mallya then you can talk abt this good parlimentarian u looker.
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              monitor
              Jun 10, 2017 at 11:48 am
              If that's the case then I guess you must agree with what Pak is doing to India :-)
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                Curious onlooker
                Jun 10, 2017 at 12:40 pm
                "Supporting a indigenous outfit fighting for their rights is not a crime ji." If that was his intention of visiting Malaysia, he is a very lucky man, he was deported unharmed. Malaysian government has a duty to close its borders against demagogic reckless rhetoric by political actors such as him.