Johor Baru (Malaysia), Jan 14: A senior national Malaysian Indian Congress leader received a call saying that he was next on the hit list, just hours after the brutal killing of S. Krishnasamy, a member of the national-level Central Committee of the MIC and a Tenggaroh assemblyman on Friday.
The MIC leader has lodged a police complaint on the threat. It is learnt that the caller, who spoke in Tamil, just uttered a few words before hanging up. Police have started investigations into the case. However, the MIC leader declined to comment on the issue. Kuala Lumpur CID chief Senior Assistant Commissioner (II) Ku Chin Wah only confirmed that police were investigating a report, but declined to elaborate on the content or investigations.
It is learnt that police were not taking any threats made against politicians lightly, especially in the wake of Krishnasamy's murder. It is also learnt that threats have been made against several senior MIC leaders. They have, however, not made police reports, dismissing this as an "occupational hazard".
A source said that the threats began after the private phone numbers of the leaders were circulated via SMS, the Star Online reported.
On Saturday, MIC president and Works Minister Seri S. Samy Vellu said that Krishnasamy had told him two weeks ago that he had received death threats.
He reminded all MIC assemblymen and MPs to be extra cautious and also ordered for security to be beefed up at all MIC buildings.