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Saturday, 16 March 2013

Lahad Datu: Malaysia to seek info from Philippine govt over intrusion

MUAR: Malaysia will seek information from the Philippine government on a claim that an opposition figure had financed the intrusion of Jamalul Kiram's followers into Lahad Datu, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said on Saturday.

He said he had read the statement issued by Philippine Defence Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin stating that there was possibly evidence to link the Lahad Datu intrusion to the opposition there.

"We hope they will provide us with detailed information through diplomatic channels, the Foreign Ministry, for us to know the truth," he told a news conference after launching the "Hello Commodity" programme at the Pagoh Sports Complex, here.

He said the intrusion was a critical matter and he hoped that the Philippine government would take firm action against the culprits if it had the evidence.

"It is important that we also want to know if anyone in Malaysia is linked to the incident. We will know the truth if we have a copy of the report.

"We know that the terrorists do not have the capacity to carry out the intrusion, but they were using modern arms," he said.

Muhyiddin, who is the MP for Pagoh, said the government would take firm action against those in Malaysia proven to have had a hand in the intrusion. - Bernama

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