PETALING JAYA: The Armed Forces dismissed Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi's alleged comments that Malaysian security forces only battled “chickens and dogs” during the 2013 Lahad Datu intrusion.
Armed Forces chief Jen Tan Sri Affendi Buang said such irresponsible remarks had also offended the family members of the Armed Forces and police personnel who had died fighting the intruders.
"The allegations undermined the roles and responsibility of Armed Forces and security personnel in defending our national sovereignty at the time.
"Such irresponsible remarks are unacceptable," he said.
Mohamaddin has come under flak for his alleged comments on the intrusion for which he has since apologised, saying that his comments were taken out of context.
"Malaysians are reminded not to make misleading statements that could undermine harmony," said Affendi, adding that safeguarding sovereignty and national dignity is a collective responsibility.
“Since its inception 87 years ago, the Armed Forces had defended the nation with their blood and sweat, in order to safeguard peace, harmony and wellbeing.
"Our priority is national defence," he said.