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Sunday February 17, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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PUTRAJAYA: The Government has assured the people of Sabah that their rights and safety will not be compromised in the wake of the stand-off between a foreign armed group and the security forces in Lahad Datu.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the Government wanted the stand-off to end as soon as possible in a peaceful manner.
“The people of Sabah have our assurance that nothing will be compromised. The rights and safety of the people of Sabah are our priority,” he said.
Hishammuddin advised the public not to believe talk that the stand-off was because the Government was negotiating a deal with the group that would affect the rights of Malaysians.
“There has been a lot of false information, rumours and speculation, including in the foreign media, that the Government had compromised Sabah in trying to end the stand-off.
“That is not true because what is going on now is the discussion to deport them,” he said.
In KUALA BERANG, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the armed group might be backed by those with political motives.
He added that the perpetrators could have wanted to portray Malaysia in a bad light. Without naming those responsible, Ahmad Zahid said the people backing the armed men were likely Malaysians.
“I think this group of armed men did not act alone and there are certain people with political motives behind them.
“Do not believe what has been written in the social media and pro-Opposition blogs. These men are not terrorists,” he said after launching the Hulu Terengganu election machinery here yester-day.
“The group are from southern Philippines and from the sultanate of Sulu. They believe they still have a claim on Sabah, which used to be under Sulu.
“We hope they can leave the country peacefully without causing bloodshed. We are also hoping they will not be fooled by people who are using them for political gains,” he added.
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