Assault on envoy: Lax security, corruption blamed for poor Malaysian response

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An appalling lack of security at the Kuala Lumpur Airport (KLIA) and a corrupt Malaysian administration are blamed for the brutal assault on the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Malaysia, Ibrahim Sahib Ansar, by a group of local Indian Tamil radicals at airport on September 4.

Informed sources had told Indian Express that security at the KLIA is lax that anyone can enter it and go up to the immigration area without any security check of their person and bags. There is no concept of VVIP security to ensure that high risk individuals are protected against demonstrators, thugs or terrorists.

In fact the Sri Lankan envoy was beaten up by intruding thugs in the “No Entry” (High Security) area.

Envoy Ansar had alerted the police well in advance about a potential threat to Sri Lankan dignitaries in view of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to Kuala Lumpur to attend an international political parties’ conference. But no special security systems were put in place.

A day before the assault on him at the airport, the Malaysian police had informed the envoy of a plan to throw petrol bombs at his residence. Security at the house was stepped up but only for a day. Subsequent to the attack on him on September 4, no security was given to him despite a specific request put in by the Sri Lankan government.

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  • Lokka Monday, 12 September 2016 12:13 PM

    We should recall our envoy in protest and put a ban on imports. We will not be the loser.

    Wise Donkey Monday, 12 September 2016 12:17 PM

    Malaysia remains fully exposed by this news report and it is its responsibility prove by taking stern action on those involved in the barbaric assault on the Sri Lankan envoy. As it is foreign envoys may refuse to serve in Malaysia considering the dangers they face. We also warn Malaysia to take necessary steps to eradicate terrorism right now before it is too late. Let it take Sri Lanka as a lesson.

    Sri Lankan Monday, 12 September 2016 12:37 PM

    Why is our President Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs maintaining a very low profile In. countries like America Britain etc. the safety of their countrymen takes priority so far as to severe diplomatic relations via DM Android App

    daya weerasinghe Monday, 12 September 2016 01:31 PM

    Malaysia may be richer than Sri Lanka, but at the bottom Malaysia too just another corrupt banana republick...!

    Kale Monday, 12 September 2016 03:06 PM

    Meanwhile, at BIA, security has gone from farcical to ridiculous.Try getting into the airport terminal with your passport, and without a ticket...in an era where tickets are no longer issued?How do they justify this.


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