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'Nurul should be allowed into Sabah'
Published on: Friday, April 20, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: The State Government has been urged to lift the entry ban on PKR's Lembah Pantai Member of Parliament Nurul Izzah Anwar.This followed the High Court's decision to award RM1 million in damages to Nurul Izzah in her suit against former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob for uttering slanderous words against her in 2015.

Nurul Izzah had sued Khalid and Ismail Sabri for allegedly implying that she committed treason after her photograph with Jacel Kiram, the daughter of the late Jamalul Kiram, the self-proclaimed Sulu Sultan who ordered the armed intrusion to claim Sabah in 2013, surfaced on the media.

Judicial Commissioner Faizah Jamaludin ordered Khalid to pay RM400,000, while Ismail Sabri was directed to pay RM600,000, after being found liable in defaming Nurul Izzah as they failed to check with her before issuing the statements linking her with Jacel Kiram.

"The victory is proof that Nurul Izzah has nothing to do with Jamalul Kiram III's daughter and neither she (Nurul Izzah) has anything to do with the case of Sulu armed intrusion in 2013," said Pakatan Harapan Sabah Youth Secretary Razeef Rakimin, in a statement, Thursday.

Saying Nurul Izzah is not a traitor as claimed and in fact a well-known patriot, Razeef said:

"She has frequently visited Labuan to meet with Sabah Keadilan leaders to find out more about the development of Sabah, showing she loves the State.

"Nurul has also announced that the money she won in the suit will be given to members of the families who lost their loved ones during the Lahad Datu intrusion in 2013."

The State Assembly, on Nov 26, 2015, passed a special motion to ban Nurul Izzah and Tian Chua from entering Sabah.

The House also voted to ban anyone who supported or linked them with the self-proclaimed Sulu Sultanate from entering the State and called for legal action as well as investigations to be carried out against Nurul and Tian Chua.

The motion was tabled in the House in relation to the meeting between Nurul, Tian Chua and Jacel Kiram, the daughter of the late Jamalul Kiram, the self-proclaimed Sulu Sultan who ordered the armed intrusion to claim Sabah in 2013.

Razeef said Nurul Izzah had before this explained that the photo was taken on Nov 9, 2015 during a programme organised by the Council on Philippine Affairs and The Asian Institute for Democracy, Manila Mayor's Office and the Philippine Vice-President's Office.

"She explained that she did not call for a meeting and had never met Jacel Kiram.

She also explained that she was among the 15 guests invited by the organisers.

"Nurul Izzah also stated that everyone present at the event took photos with her (Nurul) as a sign of support for the United Nation Working Group on Arbitrary Detention calling for her father Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's immediate release," Razeef added. - Sherell Jeffrey


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