KUALA LUMPUR, 8 Mar: PAS Deputy President, Mohamad Sabu claims that Sulu Sultan representatives have previously been invited to Umno General Assemblies as observers.
Mohamad added that the question arising now is when the Sultan and his followers were declared as terrorists in the invasion incident at Lahad Datu, Sabah.
According to him, the federal government should provide clarification on this matter because there are a variety of perceptions in society on what is happening at Lahad Datu, which has claimed the lives of eight security personnel.
He said that it is certain that the government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, has previously had meetings and discussions with the Sulu sultanate and there are a number of possible promises which were not fulfilled.
“Much remains to be answered. Why is Lokman Adam sitting on the Sulu Sultan Advisory Committee? He is an activist within Umno now.
“Why transport the army with AirAsia aircraft services? Is it known when this event would occur? Why not use military transport?
“Because our military and police have been killed in Sabah, this is not a small matter. The military and the police are only following orders.
Those giving orders are political leaders,” he said at a Pakatan Rakyat talk held at Desa Pandan here last night.
Latest reports say that 52 armed men who claimed to be the Sulu Sultan’s followers were killed in a clash with security agencies in the area near Lahad Datu.
Mohamad said that the federal government also should reveal the number of citizenship given to the people of Sulu because it involves a very serious national interest.
“Do not politicise the Lahad Datu incident. We have asked the government to issue a white paper on the event at Lahad Datu,” he said.
He said that the Lahad Datu incident proves the government’s failure in controlling national security.
He also reiterated Pakatan Rakyat’s call previously for a special Parliamentary sitting to be held to explain what has happened at Sabah’s east coast.