Perikatan demands apology from Mohamaddin Ketapi over Lahad Datu comments

Datuk Mohammadin Ketapi.

KOTA KINABALU: As campaigning for the 16th state election enters its final lap, Perikatan Nasional is now demanding that Datuk Mohammadin Ketapi apologises and retracts his remarks that appeared to belittle the 2013 Lahad Datu invasion by Sulu militants in Kampung Tanduo.

Perikatan information chief Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said Mohammadin’s remarks undermined Malaysian authorities as well as insulted those who lost their lives fighting the Sulu militants.

“I’m confident that the extended family members of the authorities, those who lost their lives in the battle and patriotic Malaysians at large, will not be able to accept his careless remarks.

“Perikatan is urging Mohammadin to retract those insulting remarks and immediately apologise to Malaysians, particularly those who had perished in the course of defending the country, ” he said in a statement issued on Monday (Sept 21).

Azmin said remarks that appear to undermine national sovereignty is not only unpatriotic, but also borders on sedition and betrayal.

“Based on this principle, I strongly condemn Mohamaddin’s remarks that clearly insulted the deeds and sacrifice of the Armed Forces and police who have fought to defend the country in 2013, ” he said.

Azmin said the Lahad Datu invasion in 2013 had caused the death of 10 Armed Forces and police personnel, two civilians, as well as injuring many others in the process.

“By describing the armed invasion as ‘a show’, Mohamaddin’s speech is a lie and seditious in nature to divide unity, ” he said.

“Perikatan stresses that the struggle to defend national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity is the holy responsibility of every Malaysian who loves prosperity, ” he added.

A video of Mohamaddin delivering the controversial speech appeared as early voting was set to be held Tuesday (Sept 22) morning.

Early voting would see 16,877 voters, comprising of 7,487 Armed Forces and 9,390 police personnel casting their votes in 55 early polling centres statewide from 8am.

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