Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) president Thol Thirumavalavan has appealed to the BJP-led Centre to pull up the Govt. of Malaysia for heaping insult on MDMK general secretary and senior Parliamentarian Vaiko at Penang Airport last week.
Vaiko, who landed up in Penang during the middle of last week, wasn’t allowed to exit the Airport where he was virtually kept like a prisoner for more than 20 hours before he was ‘deported’ back to India (Chennai) by a Malaysian Airlines flight after he was found by the Malaysian officials as a supporter of the banned outfit LTTE. Ironically, Vaiko was invited by Penang’s deputy CM to take part in his daughter’s wedding. Vaiko’s passport was also confiscated by the authorities.
“Though Vaiko showed them the wedding invitation and his visa, he had been ill-treated by Malaysian authorities who detained him at the Airport as if he was a prisoner. VCK strongly condemns the manner in which elder brother Vaiko, a senior politician and Parliamentarian, was treated by Malaysian officials. He wasn’t even provided food for 16 hours.
“It is an act of insult heaped not only on Vaiko but on Tamil Nadu and thus on India as well. We suspect a ‘Sri Lankan’ hand behind the ill-treatment meted out to Vaiko. If this was the case, it is even more condemnable. VCK requests the Centre to condemn Malaysian Govt.’s attitude in harsh terms; we expect Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take urgent action in this regard,” Thirumavalavan said.