Here’s one answer for whatever it’s worth: The Deep State.
Deputy minister: Decision to charge ‘LTTE 12’ made when AG was abroad
Published 3 months ago
Rekindling the allegation of a deep state undermining the Pakatan Harapan government, a deputy minister claimed the decision to charge the 12 for attempting to revive the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was made when Atttorney-General Tommy Thomas was abroad.
“The deep state exists in more than one institution. The AG was on holiday for two weeks. This is what I mean. Sometimes there is only so much one person can do.
“If the authority to prosecute is already signed, it is hard to retract because there is backlash. So, you need to stop it before it happens. So you see the deep state is multi-layered,” Sivarasa Rasiah told The Malaysian Insight.
Among those charged were two DAP assemblypersons G Saminathan and P Gunasekaran.
Contacted by Malaysiakini later, Thomas declined to comment on the latest allegation.
Earlier this month, the AG had stepped in when the prosecution attempted to slap additional charges against Gunasekaran. Following this, the charges were withdrawn.
As in the case of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim’s death, Thomas’ decision drew criticism along racial lines.
However, Thomas later clarified that Gunasekaran was still facing charges, which could land him in prison for the rest of his life if convicted and therefore saw no need for an “overkill”.
Sivarasa: Cabinet did not endorse arrests
Meanwhile, Sivarasa said the arrests under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) were not endorsed by the cabinet or senior ministers.
He said certain elements in the police, who were part of the deep state, had presented the arrests as a fait accompli.
The PKR lawmaker also acknowledged that the LTTE dragnet infuriated those who supported the coalition in the last general election, especially since Harapan promised to repeal the draconian components of the security law.
After the arrests, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he was satisfied with the police’s explanation on the matter.
Allegations of deep state posing hurdles to Harapan’s reform agenda first surfaced in August last year when the government reversed its decision to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah had said the reversal was due to fear of a coup d’etat attempt spurred on by powers behind the scenes.
He said history had shown that a coup d’etat is a common reaction to democratic advancement and the public rising up following an election, and it is usually instigated by the “deep state.”
DAP lawmaker Charles Santiago, who has been a vocal critic of the LTTE arrests, previously expressed concern that even if the 12 are acquitted, they might remain incarcerated until their appeals are heard.
“Bukit Aman’s counter-terrorism division principal assistant director Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay even said financial transactions were detected in the accounts of the individuals detained, to enable the resuscitation of the LTTE.
“But these men were subsequently charged for committing various offences related to sympathising with the LTTE between 2014 and this year.
“And there is absolute silence about the alleged movement of money. If anything, they were charged for having paraphernalia in their homes and video footage on their phone,” he added.
Malaysiakini has contacted Ayob for comment on Sivarasa’s allegation.
Bar: Public needs to know why LTTE 12 were charged in first place
Published: 7:03 pm | Modified: 8:34 pm
The provisions of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) appear to have been abused in charging 12 individuals for having links to the now-defunct Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), said the Malaysian Bar.
Bar president Abdul Fareed Abdul Ghafoor said this was based on Attorney-General’s 11-page statement announcing that he has exercised his constitutional powers to discontinue proceedings against the 12 with immediate effect.
“What will be lingering in the minds of the general public was why they were charged in the first place.
“The Malaysian public needs to know. It is disheartening that citizens could be arrested, charged and incarcerated without bail for a prolonged period on charges with no prospect of conviction,” he added in a statement this evening.
Fareed said the Malaysian Bar had repeatedly called for the repeal of all oppressive and draconian laws including Sosma.
“Draconian laws have no place in a democratic nation, and are an affront to the principles of natural justice.
“The Malaysian Bar calls upon the Government to demonstrate full commitment to its election manifesto by abolishing such oppressive laws without further delay,” he added.
The 12, including two DAP assemblypersons P Gunasekaran and G Saminathan, were detained in October.
Meanwhile, Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy said the AG’s dismissal raised a host of questions about the “so-called evidence” gathered by the police to charge the 12.
“I am just wondering about the ‘evidence’ used against them.
“There is concrete evidence that the LTTE is defunct. The actions by the European Union that the LTTE was not a threat and it was no longer operative in Sri Lanka and others establish beyond doubt that it does not exist in the anymore,” he told Malaysiakini.
Police alleged financial transactions, plot for ‘lone wolf’ attacks
Following their arrest, Bukit Aman’s counter terrorism division chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said financial transactions involving huge sums were carried out to purportedly activate the LTTE.
“From the investigations carried out at the suspects’ premises and checks on their mobile phones, police have seized flags, posters, pictures of LTTE leaders and detected financial transactions involving a huge sums of money.
“The financial transactions are believed to fund the promotional activities, recruitment and mobilisation of LTTE programmes in the country,” he added.
Ayob, who was appointed as the Johor police chief on Feb 6, claimed that two of the suspects were planning to launch a “lone wolf” attack in Malaysia.
“For example, they had injured Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Malaysia Ibrahim Sahib Ansar in 2016,” he said.
Earlier, Thomas (photo) said the common thread among all of them was that they simply had photos of slain LTTE leaders such as Velupillai Prabhakaran in their phones or Facebook accounts.
“It is commonplace to have idols to whom hero worship is displayed. It is not just pop stars, sportsmen or actors who are admired: historical personalities and politicians are often the subject of adoration.
“Thus, millions of people across the globe admire Lenin, Stalin, Mao Tze Dong or Che Guevara, and the like. Having their photos and other representations in one’s mobile phone or on a Facebook account does not transform one to being a terrorist.
“Just because each of these leaders used terror or violence to achieve their political goals does not mean that an ardent supporter online should be regarded as a terrorist or is planning a terrorist act,” he added.