Malaysia has sounded an alert for LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran after reports that he may have entered the country as Sri Lankan troops were closing in on his remaining stronghold of Mullaittivu.
Police chief Musa Hassan said he had ordered a nationwide alert following reports that Prabhakaran may have fled here or to Thailand, a media report said today.
"If Prabhakaran is not here, my men will be monitoring all entry points into the country to ensure he does not enter," Musa told The New Straits Times.
"We are also using our local intelligence network to ascertain if he is already in the country," he said.
The action by the Malaysian police follows the Sri Lankan army chief Lt Gen Sarath Fonseka's comments that LTTE supremo might have fled the country.
The Tamil Tigers are now surrounded in their last bastion of Mullaittivu with reports claiming that Sri Lankan forces had overrun their military command headquarters deep in the jungles of the coastal district.
Prabhakaran is wanted in India in connection with the assassination case of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and his organisation LTTE is banned across Europe and in the US.
An international arrest warrant is out against Prabhakaran for among other things the 1996 bombings of Central Bank of Sri Lanka in which 91 people were killed.