Warisan Lodge Police Report Against Anifah Aman For ‘Loaded’ Speech

Padua talking to reporters after he and other Parti Warisan Sabah leaders, including Terrence Siambun and Azis Jamman lodged a police report against the Foreign Minister.

By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah has lodged a police report over what it claimed insinuations by a federal minister that they were a party of pirates out to claim their ancestral rights to the state.

Loretto Padua, the opposition party secretary-general lodged a police report on Wednesday at the Karamunsing police station over a speech purportedly made by Anifah Aman, the Foreign Minister, at a Chinese New Year gathering recently.

“We believe the speech is seditious and damaging, both for the party and Shafie Apdal, our president,” he said after he was accompanied by Terrence Siambun, the Moyog Assemblyman and Azis Jamman, the party’s youth chief.

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Padua also said that in his police report, he had provided the police with the the transcript of the speech as well as a copy of the audio recording to facilitate investigations.

Padua said the speech by the minister concerned had insulted a particular Sabah ethnic group, and contained many untruths as well as innuendo.

He said Parti Warisan wants the minister investigated for alleged defamation and other issues as it was also felt that the speech could be deemed as inciting the people.

According to Padua he had heard the recording of the speech on Monday and after checking various sources, he had come to the conclusion that it was made by Anifah who was addressing a group of people from Kimanis at a pre-Chinese New Year gathering at a hotel here.

Padua said he reckoned that offences had been committed under the Sedition Act and urged the police to investigate the case fairly.