Govt considers referring Nurul Izzah to Parliament over meeting with Jacel Kiram


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 19 Nov 2015

Nurul Izzah (left) with Jacel Kiram.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government is looking at referring Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar to the Parliamentary Rights and Privileges Committee, says Datuk Seri Azalina Othman.

She said this following photographs of Nurul Izzah with the daughter of Jamalul Kiram III, Princess Jacel H. Kiram Hasan, surfacing on social media.

The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in a statement on Thursday questioned the motive of Nurul Izzah meeting with Jacel.

“To me, the meeting seems like an invitation for foreign elements (anasir) to interfere in our national affairs.

“She has also violated her oath as a parliamentarian of being loyal to the country.

“Therefore, the Government is studying the actions of the Lembah Pantai MP on whether she should be referred to the Rights and Privileges Committee,” said Azalina.

She labelled the meeting between Nurul Izzah and Jacel as “disappointing”, adding that it appeared that the former had failed to understand the sentiments of Sabahans over the Lahad Datu invasion in Feb 2013.

“As an MP, she should know her responsibilities especially with regard to the sovereignty of the country, which cannot be compromised,” Azalina said.

On Thursday, there was an uproar after photos of Nurul Izzah and Jacel surfaced on social media.

In one picture, Nurul was seen having dinner with Jacel and an unidentified man while in two other pictures, Nurul poses with Jacel holding a “Release Anwar Immediately” poster.

Nurul Izzah has defended her meeting with Jacel, saying that it was arranged by Filipino authorities.

The PKR vice-president said she had gone to the Philippines on Nov 9 with Batu MP Tian Chua, as part of the party’s delegation to meet political stakeholders in the country.

“In the meeting, I stressed our support for Malaysian government initiatives in peace negotiations in southern Philippines.

“I wish to reiterate my support in defending the sovereignty of Sabah as part of the Malaysian federation,” said Nurul Izzah in a statement on Thursday.

According to Nurul Izzah, the people she met were legitimate stakeholders and civil society leaders.

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