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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

‘Lahad Datu incident used as diversion’

PKR vice-president Tian Chua finds it bizarre that the Malaysian government is being lenient to the armed intruders in Sabah.
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PETALING JAYA: The Barisan Nasional government could be using the Lahad Datu incident to divert people’s attention from the IC-for-votes Royal Commission of Inquiry proceedings and the Manuel Amalilio scandal, claimed PKR.

PKR vice-president Tian Chua said that he found it bizarre that the Malaysian government was being lenient with the armed Filipinos now camped in Lahad Datu, Sabah.

“It’s been one week since they arrived. The BN government has a lot to explain,” Tian Chua said at press conference held at the party headquarters here today.

Also present was Subang MP R Sivarasa.

The armed men, claiming to be loyalists of the Sulu Sultanate, arrived at Lahad Datu last week and insisted that they would stay put as the place was their ancestral home.

The Malaysian security forces moved in to contain any untoward incident from happening, confirming that they were in the midst of having negotiations with the Filipinos.

Tian Chua, who is also Batu MP, said that he found it irrational for the Sulu Sultanate to send armed men to intrude into Sabah just because of a historical claim.

“I do recognise Sulu’s historical link to Sabah but to send 100 armed men to take over the state is not rational,” he said.

Tian Chua also took a swipe at the immigration authorities for failing to stop the intruders from arriving at Lahad Datu.

“As for Australian Senator Nick Xenophon, they detained and deported him within hours but when it comes to the armed intruders, we engage in negotiations with them.

“What are we negotiating? When they are leaving or something else? It all look very dramatic to me,” he said.

Deport Ponzi scheme mastermind

On another matter, he urged Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to deport Manuel Amalilio to the Philippines as soon as possible.

“Not only Muslim Filipinos were cheated by Amalilio but also some Malaysians. If we don’t cooperate with our neighbour, it may strain our bilateral relationship,” he said.

On Jan 25, the Malaysian authorities blocked Amalilio’s deportation to the Phillippines, who was wanted for allegedly scamming 15,000 Filipinos of RM859 million under a company known as Aman Futures Group.

He was instead sentenced by the Kota Kinabalu magistrate’s court to a two-year imprisonment for holding a fake passport.

It was later revealed that Amalilio is a distant relative of Foreign Minister Anifah Aman and Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman.

Sivarasa said that it was strange that the Malaysian authorities had deemed that Amalilio was holding a fake Filipino passport on their own accord.

“The only person who can decide whether the passport is fake is the institution that issued it. In this case, it’s only the Filipino government that can verify the matter,” he said.

Sivarasa added that based on his check with the Philippines, the passport was genuine and hence it proved that Amalilio held a dual citizenship.

“Article 24 of the Federal Constitution stipulates that if a person conducts in an act to obtain another citizenship, he or she will lose their Malaysian citizenship automatically,” he said.

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