PETALING JAYA: Seputeh MP Teresa Kok (pic) has defended Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, saying "what's the big deal" about a photo of her and Sulu princess Jacel Kiram.
She said on Facebook on Saturday that she was surprise to find her comments on the Sulu invasion of Lahad Datu had been taken out of context and that she had been condemned for what she thought were “casual remarks”.
Kok was criticised for her comments on the invasion that made them seem like she did not take the matter seriously.
She said that public figures were used to meeting all sorts of people at different occasions and were always asked to have their photographs taken, which was why she was not surprised when she was shown by reporters the photos of Nurul Izzah and Jacel.
“I asked those reporters 'what's a big deal about this photo? Why go to dig such old story (referring to the picture)?"” she said.
Kok stressed that her position on the Sulu invasion of Lahad Datu was well documented and that no one could deny her strong support for Malaysian security forces.
“I didn't expect my casual remarks to the reporters can be manipulated and taken out of context, and is being used by my political foes to whack me," she said.
Photos of Nurul Izzah posing with Jacel holding "Release Anwar Immediately" have stirred controversy, with MPs and the public demanding that she explain herself.
Nurul Izzah has since defended her meeting with Jacel, claiming that it was arranged by the Filipino authorities during a PKR delegation visit on Nov 9. But she stressed that the guest list was decided by the hosts.
Jacel is the daughter of self-styled Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, who ordered the Lahad Datu intrusion in 2013.
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