KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23, 2015:

PKR-Batu Member of Parliament Tian Chua does not have to deny being the mastermind behind the meeting of PKR-Lembah Pantai assemblyman Nurul Izzah Anwar with the daughter of the late Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, Princess Jacel Kiram, recently.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the PKR vice-president would need to respond to the police when requested and deny it in court if he was not involved.

“Please answer to the police when the statement is required from him, and please deny in court if he is not involved,” Ahmad Zahid said in a brief Press conference at the Parliament lobby here.

Tian Chua had previously demanded Zahid to apologise for claiming that he was the mastermind behind the programme that took place in the Philippines.

However, Tian Chua did not give a timeline for Zahid to do so. Zahid defended his remarks and insisted he would not withdraw it as demanded by Tian Chua.

“Let me state that I do not intend to withdraw any statement I made this morning.

“Please answer because only he knows about the ceremony in Manila and meetings attended by (Nurul) Izzah which were organised by him,” he said.

Nurul Izzah in a statement admitted that she and PKR vice-president Tian Chua had been in the Philippines on Nov 9 to meet with various stakeholders in the Philippines.

“I know and understand that family members of the patriots and soldiers who died in Lahad Datu and Malaysians in general are angry because of my photo taken with Jacel Kiram, and I very much regret it,” she said.

Nurul Izzah will be investigated under section 124 of the Penal Code for activities allegedly detrimental to parliamentary democracy as well as Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 following emergence of the photograph.

She stressed that she did not plan or make any arrangements to meet with Jacel, but that they were both among the guests invited by the organisers.

Nurul Izzah expressed her willingness to cooperate with the authorities to clarify the visit organised by the Council on Philippine Affairs and the Asian Institute for Democracy in the Philippines, if called upon to do so by police.

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