Chief Minister of Penang Lim Eng Guan conveyed his heartfelt sympathies to Global Tamils who mourned 18th May 2012 as Tamil Mourning Day in memory of innocent lives lost in the Mullivaaikkaal Genocide, Sri Lanka. He was speaking at the 3rd Annual Conference of Citizen Journalists Malaysia held at Hotel Royal Penang on the same day.
Malaysians joined thousands around the world to mourn the deaths of those who died in Sri Lanka in what was termed as genocide during the last days of the war between the Liberation of Tamil Tigers (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan Army.
The killings prompted UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to appoint a panel of Experts to investigate. The committee reveled in a report published that over 40,000 were killed in the last days of the war in deliberate and intense carpet bombings in areas designated by the GOSL as “NO fire Zone” where Tamils had assembled for safety.
The UN report also found that large number of Tamil women were assaulted and raped by Sri Lankan forces and has left over 90,000 Tamil war widows and evidences of detained Tamil women used as sex slaves.
Lim Eng Guan speaking to Citizen Journalists Malaysia (CJMY), conveyed his sympathies to the global Tamils and his hopes that the perpetrators of these crimes are brought to justice.
Meanwhile a special prayer for souls of those who perished in this war without witness was held at Arulmugu Sree Meenakshi Sundareswaran Temple in Penang.
Chairperson of Malaysian Ceylonese Congress Penang Branch, Jayaratnam Seevaratnam appealed to the Malaysian Government to help the needy Tamils in Sri Lanka who are desperately in need of financial assistance.
He was also hopeful that in the event that there may be a chance of a UN sponsored Independent investigation, Malaysian Government will reconsider its previous stand of abstention a call also made by many other Malaysians.