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DAP puzzled over ‘Sulu Sultan’s’ release

 | May 25, 2011

Sabah police is waiting for the Attorney-General's directive on what to do with self-proclaimed Sulu Sultan, Mohd Akjan Ali.

KOTA KINABALU: The unconditional release of self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu, Akjan Ali Muhammad has left state opposition DAP “exceptionally disappointed.”

Its assistant secretary Junz Wong said it was puzzling given the fact that the police had requested the public to make formal reports and the national CID director Bakri Zinin had classified this case as unique and serious.

He said the turn-around was either because the government was hiding something or did not have the will to persecute the self-proclaimed “Sultan”.

Wong said it was well known that Akjan was an Umno member and had helped to recruit and enrolled thousands of illegal immigrants into the electoral roll, thus ensuring the political superiority of Umno in Sabah.

On Monday, Sabah police chief Hamza Taib said investigations into the affair had been completed and the latter was released from police custody on Sunday (May 22) upon the expiry of his one-week remand order.

Akjan was arrested at his home in Kampung Likas near here on May 16.

He was investigated under Section 130C of the Penal Code which covers acts of terrorism.

“He (Akzan) was released unconditionally on May 22 and his passport has not been confiscated,” said Hamza, adding that police were now waiting for a directive from the federal Attorney-General’s Chambers for further action.

Wong, who is also DAP’s Kota Kinabalu youth chief, said that the coronation of Akjan as the “Sultan of Sulu” on Malaysian soil was an open challenge to the king and constitution.

“This is sedition of the highest order and an act of treason at the same time,” he said.

“Akjan’s background must be investigated and verified. Is he born in Sabah or in the Philippines?

“His desire to be the Sultan of Sulu is good enough for the government to send him back to the Philippines,” he added.


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