Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian police said on Monday they have arrested five people after a group of protesters assaulted the Sri Lankan ambassador at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Malaysian authorities said the attack on High Commissioner (ambassador) Ibrahim Sahib Ansar on Sunday left him with minor injuries, but they have so far given no details on the identities or background of the attackers.
“Five people have been arrested and we are investigating the motive for the attack,” Abdul Samah Mat, police chief of Selangor state, said.
In Colombo Sri Lanka’s Foreign Secretary Esala Weerakoon summoned Malaysia’s top envoy, Wan Zaidi Wan Abdullah, and demanded adequate security for Colombo’s diplomatic mission.
The foreign ministry expressed “disappointment that the Malaysian authorities had failed to provide necessary protection” despite warnings of a possible threat.
Almost 100 ethnic Indian protesters had gathered in Kuala Lumpur last week to rally against former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse, who was attending an international conference, local media reported.