Ex-IGP urges police action against Mohamaddin over Lahad Datu comments


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  • Friday, 25 Sep 2020

Former IGP Musa Hassan

SHAH ALAM: The authorities should thoroughly investigate Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi for making disrespectful remarks in regards to the 2013 Lahad Datu terrorist intrusion, says Tan Sri Musa Hassan.

The former Inspector-General of Police said if the Parti Warisan Sabah’s candidate in Segama is found to have committed a crime, action must be taken against him.

Mohamaddin had allegedly claimed the firearm battle between the Malaysian security forces and Sulu militants in Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu was a farce.

He had allegedly added it was a mere "show" to help Barisan Nasional win the 13th General Election.

Mohamaddin, as well as caretaker Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, have since apologised for the gaffe.

Meanwhile, Musa told a press conference at the Shah Alam police headquarters on Thursday (Sept 24) that Mohamaddin’s remarks were insulting to the policemen and army personnel who perished in the incident.

“It is not right for a politician to make such a statement. The security personnel who died in the intrusion had laid their lives down to protect the country’s peace and safety.

“They have sacrificed themselves and if politicians insult their service to the nation, I am saddened.

“He may have apologised but it is an offence to insult our security forces," said Musa.

As a politician, he added, Mohamaddin should render moral support to the security forces as opposed to insulting them.

He also hoped the Lahad Datu incident would not be politicised.

According to Musa, some of the policemen’s remains were mutilated with the heads severed by the terrorists who had launched the intrusion.

“It was an act of extreme cruelty against our security forces’ personnel," he said.

Musa added such remarks would also hurt the feelings of family members of fallen policemen and soldiers who had all suffered big losses with the death of their loved ones.

He said if there were any politicians who ridiculed the incident, they were the nation’s traitors.

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