KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Suluk Solidarity Council (SSSC) regrets the allegation by Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari that a Malaysian leader was involved in a kidnapping in Sipadan, Semporna, in 2000.
Its secretary, Mohd Zaki Harry Susanto, said it was a very serious allegation and should not be taken lightly as it involves the good name of the country and the leader concerned.
“He (Misuari) should be responsible for the remarks.
“The Malaysian Embassy in the Philippines, with the aid of Manila, should reveal the identity of the Malaysian leader who was allegedly involved in the kidnapping.
“If the allegation is true, the government must take firm action against the traitor,” he told Bernama when commenting on media reports about Misuari’s allegation at a press conference after a meeting with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.
In the press conference, Misuari said the decision to stop all communications and negotiations with Malaysia forever was due to a conspiracy involving a Malaysian, which destroyed his honour and integrity.
Zaki said Misuari’s decision to end communications and negiotiations with Malaysia was due to extreme frustration and loss of confidence in Malaysia.
“This situation is a clear signal for our security forces, especially Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom), to double efforts to maintain security.
“We fear that the remarks will arouse hatred towards Malaysia and will heighten security threats against Sabah.”
In SEMPORNA, Misuari was urged to name the Malaysian leader who he claimed was involved in the kidnap of 21 foreigners in Sipadan in 2000.
Senallang State Assemblyman Nasir Sakaran said Misuari must reveal the name of the leader, as an allegation must be accompanied by evidence.
“We ourselves do not know who he meant … but if he knows, then he should name the person,” he told Bernama today.
He stressed that the country and government could not have colluded with any party in carrying out the criminal act which left a negative impact on Malaysia and the local community.
“Our country has laws; if there is proof, show it,” Nasir insisted.
Yesterday, Philippines’ GMA News Online reported a claim by Nur Misuari that Malaysia had been using its people in kidnap for ransom activities.