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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 110

Malaysia live nerve centre of LTTE activities

Kuala Lumpur, 31 March, (Asian In an e-mail sent to the Asian Tribune Dr.T. Dorai, Principal of Advance Aeronautics Training Centre in Ipoh, Malaysia, denied that he was involved in any procurement of arms or smuggling of arms to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. He admitted that Lawrence Thilakar, who was at that time the LTTE’s international representative based in Paris, met him and appealed to him to help them with the procurements of arms for the Tiger outfit. But he said that he refused to oblige.

Dr. Dorai whose full name is Dr. Tharmadorai and he said even his father and mother were born in Malaysia and his grandfather and grandmother were from some parts of Jaffna in Sri Lanka, which he has never visited in his lifetime.

He said in the early part of 1980’s he was in Sri Lanka. At that time he was connected with maintenance of the Upali airlines.

Dr. Dorai said that their main job was the maintenance of aircrafts and they are involved mainly in training students in the aircraft maintenance work. He said the four Jaffna Tamil student with him now are also undergoing a crash course in the English language as their knowledge of English is poor.

“I have currently Tamil students here studying English plus on-the-job training and theory to enter Scotland for degree, “ Dr. Dorai explained.

He added those students who are following aircraft maintenance engineering course would be sent to the Perth College in Scotland to complete their degree program.

Dr. Dorai said that Advance Aeronautics Training Centre is mainly involved with the maintenance of the aircrafts. He added that there are many flying clubs in Malaysia which are involved in training students in flying light aircraft. These flying clubs send their aircraft for maintenance work to his company. "This is how I came to know many of these flying clubs in Malaysia," he said.

He said whenever someone or some of his colleagues inquire about training facilities in flying he would recommend those candidates to one of those flying clubs for training.

He said there many flying clubs such as –
Perak Flying Club,
Fas Udara Club,
Elite Club,
Kedah flying club to name are the few flying clubs in Malaysia.

Asian Tribune learns that there are a few Sri Lankan students, specifically from Jaffna, who are being trained in flying, in several flying clubs in Malaysia.

Informed sources also revealed that though LTTE is banned as a terrorist organization in Malaysia it has become the live nerve centre for many LTTE activities.

- Asian Tribune -

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