HRDA has issued an urgent appeal to the National Human Rights Commission of India on 12th June regarding the denial of permission to Mr.Vaiko to enter Malaysia after he had a valid and recently issued visa to enter Malaysia for a private visit of the marriage of Penang’s Deputy Chief Minister’s daughter to be heldand deporting him to India. Mr.Vaiko is the founder and General Secretary of MarumalarchiDravidaMunnetraKazhagam (MDMK). He was a Member of Upper House of the Indian Parliament for three terms from 1978 to 1996 in the upper house and from 1998 to 2004 in the lower house- total period of 24 years as a Member of Parliament.
Mr.Vaiko was invited by Prof. P. Ramasamy, the serving Deputy Chief Minister of Penang Province in Malaysia for his daughter’s marriage to be held on June 10, 2017. He was granted a visa for his visit to Malaysia about a week ago andMr.Vaiko along with his secretary Mr.Arunagiri landed in Kuala Lumpur airport.Mr.Vaiko was told by the Malaysian Immigration officials that he has been black listed and thereby cannot enter into Malaysia. He was taken to a separate room in the airport and was questioned by the Malaysian Immigration officials asking him “Are you from Sri Lanka”, “Are you from the LTTE” to which Mr.Vaiko had replied to them saying he is a citizen of India from the state of Tamilnadu and not a member of the LTTE. He told the officials that he has a recently issued valid visa for visiting Malaysia and is on a personal visit to attend the wedding reception of Prof. P. Ramasamy, the Deputy Chief Minister of Penang and he also told them that he is former Member of Indian Parliament and showed them all this travel documents. He also informed Prof. P. Ramasamy on the telephone about the incident. Mr.Vaiko was made to sit in that room for the whole day and was not even allowed to have his food in the restaurants inside the airport.
At around 11 AM on 9th June 2017 he was informed by the immigration officials that he was being denied permission to enter Malaysia and that he will be deported back to India that same night. Mr.Vaiko and his secretary were both made to board a flight to India on the night of June 09, 2017. The officials did not even return to him his passport which was given to the pilot of the flight to be handed over to him in Chennai upon his arrival.