KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 1, 2015:

PKR vice-president Tian Chua (PKR-Batu) says the people he and fellow vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar (PKR-Lembah Pantai) met during a recent trip to Manila were not terrorists.

Instead, said Tian Chua, the group was part of the Philippine government.

“I think the group that we met was part of the Philippine government and not terrorists,” he said when interjecting during the winding-up of the 2016 Budget for Home Ministry at the Dewan Rakyat today.

He spoke in view of a speech by Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed who claimed that the militant Sulu group in the southern Philippines was planning another attack in Lahad Datu after it failed to take Sabah during the 2013 intrusion.

However, Nur Jazlan responded by asking Tian Chua to name the self-styled Sulu Sultanate family which led the intrusion.

Nur Jazlan blasted Tian Chua for distorting his statement which was only intended to warn people of the dangers and threats posed by those who had already attacked Malaysia.

“What’s the name of the family which attacked our country? Kiram, right?

“The one who Batu and Lembah Pantai met … her name was Kiram, right?

“Lembah Pantai and Batu met people who have killed the people of Malaysia.

“Is this part of the Opposition’s efforts to attract intruders to come back into Sabah?

“Indeed they will take revenge. They killed 10 of our people. We killed, too. The way they killed our people was even cruel.

“How could the PKR vice-president take a picture with an enemy state?” asked Nur Jazlan.

He was referring to a recent controversy surrounding Nurul Izzah who was photographed posing in Manila with Jacel Kiram, the daughter of the late self-styled Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III.

Jacel served as her father’s spokesman during the 2013 intrusion during which 10 personnel from Malaysia’s security forces were killed by Sulu militants, who had also mutilated some of the bodies.

Tian Chua had also gone on the same trip, but was not photographed with Jacel.

The two PKR vice-presidents have pointed out that they did not plan to meet Jacel and they were simply guests invited to the same event.

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