The government is verifying information it received on allegations that the Sulu intruders were to meet opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.
Describing Tian Chua’s statement as “highly irresponsible”, Muhyiddin said all parties needed to understand that the Lahad Datu issue was a serious security matter.
“We are leaving it to the security forces to take the appropriate measures. We
are very sad that the episode took the lives of Malaysians. His (Tian Chua) statement is really out of place,” he told reporters after attending a 1Malaysia People’s Gathering in Tanah Rata, here.
Yesterday, Tian Chua’s statement in the KeadilanDaily portal alleged that the shootout in Kampung Tanduo was an Umno conspiracy to divert the attention of the people and frighten them.
Muhyiddin said the mission by security forces in Lahad Datu was crucial from the national security aspect and hoped that the people would understand what happened.
“The opposition can easily make wild allegations linking BN and Umno as part of their plan is to launch a hate campaign against the government and Umno, and this is not the first time.
“The episode is being used to sow anger and hatred but I am confident the people understand the situation and how it was handled, as stated by the prime minister yesterday,” he said.
Muhyiddin said matters of security should not be exploited for political gain.
“Such a statement will only demoralise the security forces and it is the attitude of an irresponsible opposition,” he said.
He also expressed his condolences to the families of the two slain VAT 69 police commandos, Insp Zulkifli Mamat, 29, and Cpl Sabaruddin Daud, 46.
“We are saddened by the tragic incident as it was unexpected, and security measures have been taken against the intruders,” he said.
Verifying Anwar link
On the arrival of the intruders to Lahad Datu, allegedly to meet opposition chief Anwar Ibrahim, Muhyiddin said this question of intelligence should be left to the authorities.
“The question of intelligence is best left to the authorities to investigate.
“Whatever information we receive, we will verify with evidence,” he said.
It was a trap
Meanwhile Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak disclosed in Petaling Jaya today that the armed intruders in Sabah had used a white flag as a ruse to open fire on Malaysian police commandos yesterday in the incident in Kampung Tanduo, 130km from Lahad Datu.
“The two slain commandos had seen the white flag and did not think that there would be other intruders waiting to open fire on them.
“I do not rule out the possibility that it was a trap by the intruders. If they had resorted to such a tactic, it was a act of cowards,” he told reporters after paying his last respects to the two slain commandos whose bodies were flown in from Tawau this afternoon.
The white flag is an internationally recognised protective sign of truce or ceasefire, and request for negotiation.