KUALA LUMPUR – The government is investigating claims made by Philippines’ Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chairman Nur Misuari that a Malaysian leader was involved in kidnap-for-ransom activities in Sabah.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said action would be taken if the allegation of involvement could be proven.
“This matter is currently being investigated and necessary action to ascertain the truth,” he told Dewan Rakyat Wednesday without further elaboration.
He was replying to Datuk Marcus @ Makin Mojigoh (BN/UPKO – Putatan) during the Minister’s Question Time on clarification to Nur Misuari’s claim.
Nur Misuari had recently alleged that a Malaysian leader was involved in the kidnap of 21 foreigners in Sipadan, Sabah in April 2000.
Speaking at the presidential podium in Malacanang, Philippines, Nur Misuari said that he had all the evidence in his hand to prove the allegation.
Shahidan admitted that kidnapping activities in Sabah’s coast has been regarded as a “business” by several irresponsible parties to make quick money.
“This has caused the emergence of groups focusing on kidnap-for-ransom activities,” he said.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said Nur Misuari has to prove his claim before making allegations involving a Malaysian.