Malay suspicions over DAP deepen in wake of detentions

DAP lawmakers Gunasekaran Palanisamy (left) and Saminathan Ganesan are suspected of having links to the now defunct Sri Lankan separatist group LTTE.
DAP lawmakers Gunasekaran Palanisamy (above) and Saminathan Ganesan are suspected of having links to the now defunct Sri Lankan separatist group LTTE.

Arrest of 2 lawmakers under anti-terror laws fuels claim party harbours racial extremists

The arrest last week of two Democratic Action Party (DAP) lawmakers among a dozen individuals over alleged links to the defunct Sri Lankan separatist group, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), has strengthened the view among Malay hardliners that Malaysia's secularist ruling party harbours racial extremists.

The Chinese-dominated party has been accused of masterminding an agenda to undermine special privileges of the Malay Muslim majority since coming to power in the May 2018 elections as part of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 18, 2019, with the headline 'Malay suspicions over DAP deepen in wake of detentions'. Print Edition | Subscribe