Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Malaysia visit marked by protests by Tamil groups

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Invitation to Mahinda Rajapaksa by the Malaysian government is being seen as an insensitive move by the Tamil groups.

Mahinda Rajapaksa is leading a delegation of the Joint Opposition to the International Conference of the Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) meet which is going on in Malaysia from 01 to 04 September 2016. Read his note here. The former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa  is a much-disliked figure among the Malaysian Indian circles for his role in the ethnic cleansing of the Tamils when he was in the top chair.

Rajapaksa’s China connection still strong?

Rajapaksa, during his stint, was known for his pro-China stance and during the meet, he is again set to show his tilt towards China whose support he enjoyed while in the seat. He is meeting the Chinese Communist Party delegation while in Malaysia. His connection with China raised eyebrows from India to the USA and the irony is that even Malaysia, officially, is angry at the mess that the dragon is creating in the South China Sea, yet it is willing to allow in the former Sri Lankan President whose inclination towards China, even its hegemony, is beyond doubt! This is indeed a puzzle for other Malaysians as much as it is for the bewildered Tamil groups!

He will also meet the Malaysian Prime Minister among others and will also see Buddhist sites in the nation.

Professor Dr. Ramasamy expressed his anguish on the development and said:

“Rajapaksa is infamous for unleashing terror on innocent Tamils in the north and east of Sri Lanka during the civil war. Hundreds and thousands were killed, thousands went missing and thousands of women and children were raped and sexually abused.
By inviting Rajapaksa, the organizers have shown that they have no regard to concerns of local Malaysian Tamils and their feelings towards their own kind in Sri Lanka.”

In short, he did not understand why the man was invited and how he could get on to meet the PM when the Malaysian Tamils are still a strong force.

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Pic creditProfessor Dr. Ramasamy