A DAP lawmaker has reprimanded a Tamil Nadu news channel for airing a programme that accused Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad of allegedly sowing discord among the different races in the country.

Bagan Dalam assemblyperson Satees Muniandy said the the arrest of several individuals allegedly linked to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Malaysia, which was also cited by the TV channel, Namnadu TV in the report, was none of their concern.

"Whatever the issue at hand, this is a Malaysian issue, and we will handle it within Malaysia.

"There is no need for Indian news channels to interfere and berate our leaders, when it has nothing to do with their country.

"No one asked them to do so, unless they purposely want a controversy," Satees was quoted telling Malaysiakini.

This is not the first time such a thing has happened, he pointed out, citing a previous instance where a small-time politician from India had made a comment about the Seafield temple riots in November last year.

"If they want to comment on issues pertaining to bilateral relations, and concerning issues of common interest to India and Malaysia, they can do so. But, not on the issue that has no relevance to them."

Namnadu TV had accused Mahathir of insulting Indians in Malaysia by using the term "keling", over which the premier had apologised last year. It also mentioned Mahathir saying that the Malays were forced to accept "foreigners" in order to achieve independence from the British.

The channel further implied that the LTTE-linked arrests were a diversion from the issue concerning Malaysia's refusal to send fugitive Muslim preacher Zakir Naik back to India, where he is facing money laundering charges.

So far, Malaysian police have detained 12 men, including two DAP assemblypersons, under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, for alleged links with LTTE. The act allows for detention without trial for a period of 28 days.

Mahathir has defended the arrests, saying they were made according to the law.

The authorities have also said that they are looking to impose a travel entry ban on Indian politician and film director Senthamizhan Seemam, who is a renowned staunch supporter of the LTTE, and have been known to have made several trips to Malaysia and met with local politicians.

The LTTE was embroiled in a civil war with the Sri Lankan army for almost three decades, in its quest for an independent Tamil state in the north and east of the country.

It is listed as a terrorist organisation in dozens of countries. Its reign ended in 2009 when the group was defeated by the Sri Lankan military.

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