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Wan Azizah: Don’t cover up Akjan issue

 | February 14, 2011

PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail finds it amusing that the Home Minister has denied the existence of Project IC in Sabah.

KOTA KINABALU: PKR wants the Home Ministry to speedily investigate businessman-cum-former ISA detainee Mohd Akjan Ali Muhammad, who was recently proclaimed the new Sultan of Sulu.

Party president Dr Wan Azizah Ismail said yesterday that the matter was of great urgency as it involved national sovereignty and security.

“There should not be any cover-up on the case, which would be tantamount to practicing ‘double standards’ on the part of the Malaysian government.

“The Home Ministry must not compromise on national sovereignty and security but take appropriate action as soon as possible if Akjan has violated the law,” she said in a statement here.

Wan Azizah was commenting on Deputy Home Minister Wira Abu Seman’s recent statement in Sabah that the Home Ministry would investigate Akjan for allegedly breaking the law and posing a security threat to the nation.

Abu Seman was quoted as saying that the issue of citizenship (of Akjan) did not arise as far as the Home Ministry was concerned.

“He has Malaysian citizenship, then he is a Malaysian,” he had said.

In response, Wan Azizah said it sounded superficial as Akjan is said to possess dual citizenship.

“How can a person be Malaysian citizen and at the same time the reigning Sultan of the Sulu of Sultanate?

“The person of Sabah has the right to know the truth.

“Furthermore, it was reported that he is listed in Mutalib MD’s book (IC Palsu) as someone holding a fake IC. And this is of public knowledge among Malaysians and the authorities in Sabah.

“If that is true, the case warrants deeper investigation.

“Do not bypass the issue at hand. Under the circumstances, the Home Ministry must seriously delve into the matter and make known its findings,” said Wan Azizah, who is also the interim chairperson of the Sabah PKR presidential council.

The PKR leader also said it was the joke of the year for Home Minister, Hishammuddin Tun Hussein to deny the existence of Project IC.

“Project IC is a household word in Malaysia, especially in Sabah, where some foreigners have openly declared that they obtained their ICs through Project IC.

“So, is the minister concerned trying to play blind and dumb over the issue?” she asked.


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