What a scary episode for Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, Ibrahim Sahib Ansar.
Ibrahim was reportedly at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on Sunday (4th September) when he was allegedly assaulted by no less than 5 individuals.
According to various reports, Ibrahim was at the airport to send off Sri Lankan Primary Industries Minister, Daya Gamage, who was also in town with former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the International Conference of Asian Political Parties. Mahinda’s attendance had apparently drawn protests.
It is understood that the mob got violent when Ibrahim refused to reveal the whereabouts of Mahinda. The assault was captured on the airport’s CCTV system, showing Ibrahim (seen in an orange shirt) being chased down and cornered by a group of Tamils. After being punch in the head, and kicked in the stomach, 2 policemen came and break up the fight before escorting the assailants away.
Ibrahim was rushed to the Gleneagles Hospital for medical attention after the scary incident. Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry has since released a statement, condemning the act of violence in “the strongest terms”.
“The High Commission of Sri Lanka in Kuala Lumpur is coordinating with local law enforcement authorities in Malaysia and other relevant local authorities to identify perpetrators and assist with investigations. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sri Lanka is seized of the seriousness of this incident and is taking all necessary action in this regard through diplomatic channels,” it said.
You check out the incident below:
Selangor CID chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Adnan Abdullah confirmed that the 5 men who assaulted Ibrahim has been detained and will be investigated under Section 147 of the Penal Code for rioting.
New Indian Express reported that Indian Malaysians had been demonstrating against Mahinda outside the Putra World Trade Centre, calling him a “war criminal who had committed numerous crimes against humanity”.