Shock over alleged Opposition hand in Sabah intrusion

PETALING JAYA - Sabahans are reeling in shock over allegations that Malaysian Opposition personalities were involved in the Sulu invasion in the state.

Kota Belud MP Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said action should be taken against the personalities if the allegations were true.

"Investigation is warranted as this involves the lives and sovereignty of the nation," he said.

The Philippines Daily Inquirer and Reuters had implicated an Opposition leader and his ally in the invasion.

The Inquirer quoted a source as saying that the politician had spoken to the Kiram clan to support their claim on Sabah.

Reuters quoted anonymous Philippine army personnel as saying that the intruders had arrived in Sabah upon the "invitation" of the Malaysian Opposition.

The Reuters article cited a Manila Times report, which claimed that the incursion was linked to the promise by the Opposition in Malaysia to give autonomy to Sabah if it succeeded in forming the next government.

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has denied the allegations.

Meanwhile, Semporna MP Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal has assured the people that the situation was under control as security forces had taken action to secure the people's safety.

In LABIS, the MCA has urged the Home Minister and the police to investigate the alleged links to a the country's Opposition.

Its president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said: "This is a very serious accusation. If it is not true, the Opposition should take legal action against the Philippine media," he told reporters after attending a dinner by the Bekok new village Village Development and Security Committees (JKKK) here yesterday.

Dr Chua also expressed regret over Tian Chua's remarks that the death of two police commandos was linked to a government conspiracy, saying it was wrong for the PKR vice-president to politicise a death.

To express the party's sympathy for the fallen heroes, Dr Chua said the MCA would donate RM2,000 (S$800) to the families of each security personal killed.

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