KUALA LUMPUR – Any nation will carry out investigations if any of its citizens were found to have met up with “enemies of the state” as such an act amounts to treason, said a political analyst.
Concurring with many Malaysians that the meeting between PKR Vice President Nurul Izzah Anwar and self-styled Sulu princess Jacel H. Kiram was “a despicable crime”, Tun Abdul Razak Chair and Visiting Professor in political science at the Ohio University in the United States, Prof Dr Jayum Jawan said the young politician had betrayed the people of Sabah and belittled the law enforcement officers who were killed while defending the country against an armed intrusion in Lahad Datu in 2013.
Jacel is the daughter of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, who had ordered the intrusion to stake his claim over Sabah.
“Meeting with an enemy of the state is abhorrible given the fact that she (Nurul Izzah) should be the role model of a patriot to all Malaysians,” Jayum told Bernama.
After photographs of her posing with Jacel stirred much controversy, Nurul Izzah admitted in a statement that she had met Jacel on Nov 9 in the Philippines, together with Batu Member of Parliament Tian Chua.
Nurul Izzah said she never sought to meet with Jacel and had never been acquainted with her before and that Jacel was one of the guests invited by her hosts at an event in Manila.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar was quoted as saying on Sunday that Nurul Izzah, who is Lembah Pantai MP, could be investigated under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 and Section 124 of the Penal Code.
Although Nurul Izzah had apologised, her action was considered serious as she had met the nation’s enemy who was responsible for the Lahad Datu intrusion, he said, adding that the PKR leader would be called to give her statement next week.
Jayum, who is also the deputy head (Politics, Security and International Affairs Cluster) of the National Council of Professors, agreed with Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s statement that the law would take its full course and that police would investigate the matter.
Ahmad Zahid had also said that the police would liase with the Attorney-General’s Chambers for possible legal action against Nurul Izzah for meeting with an enemy of the state.
“The DPM was absolutely correct when he said it was not a political issue and cannot be made up to be one. But her (Nurul Izzah’s) act has challenged the nation’s security and sovereignty, as well as its integrity as an independent nation-state, which any Malaysian must appreciate and support,” he added.
Jayum also supported suggestions by some Sabah non-governmental organisation and political parties that Nurul Izzah be banned from entering the state.
“Nurul Izzah had betrayed the people of Sabah by meeting the enemy who caused the death of our security personnel and also caused hardship to Sabahans.
“Her apology alone is not enough… she must resign as MP since she has lost the moral authority to continue speaking and defending the Malaysian constitution. I also believe her photo ‘stunt’ has killed PKR’s future in Sabah,” added Jayum. – BERNAMA