KOTA KINABALU: A bid by the mother-in-law of international terror suspect Hambali to meet her daughter Noraliza Abdullah alias Lee Yin Len, who is under detention, remains a question.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Yusuff, when asked whether the state police had received such a request, said: The investigations are being done at federal level.
But we are monitoring the situation, he said yesterday after a crackdown on illegal immigrants as part of the Ops Nyah II Bersepadu at the Telipok refugee settlement area near here.
Hambalis mother-in-law Tambaku Endau @ Salmah Abdullah, 67, had said that she wanted to travel to Kuala Lumpur to meet Noraliza who had been held under the Internal Security Act after she was handed over to Malaysian authorities by Thai police.
Noraliza and Hambali were arrested in Thailand more than week ago.
Hambali has been handed over to US authorities and taken to an undisclosed location.
In another development, work for the construction of a new highway at the Kepayan Ridge area here was abruptly halted yesterday when an excavator operator unearthed a 1m metal tube that was initially thought to be a bomb dating back to World War II.
Police and firemen who rushed to the scene put the object in water-filled tank.
We are not certain as to what it is. We are sending it for analysis, said Kota Kinabalu deputy police chief Supt Joseph Joilis.