Sunday, 19 May 2013


LINKING .....SAPP President, Yong Teck Lee said the authorities should clear his name over allegations linking him to the Lahad Datu incursions.


KOTA KINABALU: Former Sabah Chief Minister, Yong Teck Lee wants answers from new Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for his election-period claims that three opposition leaders were linked to the Lahad Datu incursion that took place in February.

Yong said Saturday that Zahid should now disclose the names of the three, one of whom is from Sabah, who he had alleged were involved in the invasion that had led to so many deaths on both sides.

The Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) leader said that all Malaysians, as well as those the minister had cast aspersions on during his election campaign “disclosures”, were now eager to know more about his serious allegations and what action the government planned to take.

“Instead of making even more irresponsible statements like asking Malaysians to leave the country if they do not like Malaysia’s political system, the new Home Minister, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, should without any further delay fulfil his promise to disclose the names of the three opposition leaders, one of whom is in Sabah, whom Zahid had alleged to have been involved in the Philippine Sulu incursion at Lahad Datu,” he said.

Zahid, the Defence Minister in the previous cabinet, had on April 27, a week before polling day, said that his ministry had identified the culprits behind the armed intrusion by Sulu terrorists in Lahad Datu.

He claimed that two of the three suspects are from opposition parties based in the peninsula while the other one was in Sabah. He however added that action would only be taken against the three opposition leaders after the general election.

Yong, who was on the campaign trail himself at the time, had immediately urged Zahid to name the suspects as he himself had been questioned by police in connection with a meeting he had at a hotel in Kota Kinabalu last October.

Noting that the alleged involvement is a treasonous act against the country and for waging war against the Agong and is punishable by death, Yong said Zahid’s claim has cast a heavy psychological burden on all possible suspects, including himself.

Yong also recalled that Zahid’s startling “disclosures” coincidently came after he (Yong) had during the campaign spoken extensively on the Philippines’ claim on Sabah with the aid of Philippine maps that showed Sabah as its territory.

Yong said that if the government had no evidence, the authorities should clear his name.

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