MIC’s move to provide legal aid to those detained by police over alleged links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is being defended by PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan.
“PAS is of the opinion that MIC providing legal aid to those who are suspected of supporting the LTTE is not tantamount to MIC supporting terrorism.
“For PAS, legal aid is to ensure that an arrested person is guaranteed of the rights in accordance with the law and the principle that a person is innocent until proven guilty,” he said in a statement.
If they are later found guilty, then the legal process should be allowed to take its course, Takiyuddin said.
He reiterated calling the government to table a White Paper on the LTTE in the Dewan Rakyat, stressing that it is a matter of public interest.
MIC is now a PAS ally after its long-time partner Umno joined with PAS to form the Muafakat Nasional while still retaining its position in BN with MIC and MCA.
While LTTE is known as a Tamil rebel group fighting against the Sri Lankan government for independence. It is now defunct following its defeat in the Sri Lankan civil war which ended in 2009.
Malaysian government considered LTTE as a terrorist organisation but has sympathy from the Tamil community abroad.
This month, police have arrested several individuals linked to LTTE, including former and current politicians from the DAP, PKR and PAS in a crackdown against alleged efforts to revive the organization.