Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy says he is not a member nor a supporter of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of Sri Lanka. Pic by SHAHNAZ FAZLIE SHAHRIZAL

GEORGE TOWN: Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy today denied having any links with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of Sri Lanka.

He said such claims came about after he was appointed as a negotiator between LTTE and the Sri Lanka government in 2003 to find a peaceful resolution between the two forces.

“At the time, I was a lecturer in political economy and international conflict management at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), and was appointed along with several others to negotiate in the peace talk.

“I am not a member nor a supporter of LTTE,” he told a press conference at his office in Komtar, here, today.

Ramasamy, who was a lecturer for 26 years, added that the negotiation, however, was met with a nought.

It was reported that more than 50 police reports have been lodged against him, urging for probe into his alleged ties with Tamil Nadu politician and vocal LTTE supporter V. Gopalasamy or Vaiko.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun had said that the reports were lodged at various parts of the country, adding that Ramasamy had also lodged a counter-report.

Speaking to newsmen, Ramasamy said apart from LTTE, he also knew many Gerakan Acheh Merdeka (GAM) leaders as he had helped GAM in its negotiation with the Indonesian government.

“Does that make me a terrorist? No, because I hold steadfast to my principle that armed conflict will not resolve any issues.

“Also, LTTE has ceased to exist since 2009, so how does that make me a terrorist?” he asked.

Asked about his relationship with Vaiko, Ramasamy said he was an old friend and a renowned politician from southern India and not a LTTE member as claimed by various quarters.

He said a photograph being spread on social media, showing him “worshipping” the Kalashinov or AK-7 weapon, was taken during a memorial service in rememberance of those killed in Sri Lanka.

“The photo was taken somewhere between 2004 and 2005. I certainly did not worship the weapon but was there to attend a memorial service of the war victims.

“I urge those who hurl accusations against me to stop and think for a bit. You can lodge 1,000 police report against me but let the police do their job,” he added.

Ramasamy said he had also had his statement taken by police at his office on Tuesday.