Malaysian police question Izzah Anwar over meeting with Sulu 'princess'

KUALA LUMPUR - Bukit Aman has called Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar for questioning over a photo taken with Jacel Kiram, the daughter of the late self-styled Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III.

Jamalul ordered 200 members of his Royal Sulu Army to intrude into Lahad Datu in February 2013 to stake his claim over Sabah.

Speaking to reporters outside the police headquarters, Nurul Izzah said she was no traitor to Malaysia.

"I love my country and I have stated time and again that I will defend the sovereignty of Sabah as part of the Malaysian Federation and therefore, I have nothing to hide.

"I have come willingly to Bukit Aman to answer queries that might arise from said photo," she declared, adding that she had filed a suit to counter allegations hurled against her.

"As I left, the host asked that all of us present at the public dinner to pose together with free Anwar posters and placards prepared by the host," she said, adding that she did not take photos with Jacel alone but with more than 15 people.

On the decision of the Sabah state assembly to bar her and Tian Chua from entering the state, she said she respects the decision but was upset.

Her lawyer, Subang MP R. Sivarasa said they were questioned about the photograph taken with Jacel in Manila.

"We have given the police our full co-operation and from what I was told by the police, it was more of a police enquiry to verify certain facts and gather information," he said, adding that they have told the police everything that happened during the meeting.

Photographs of the Opposition politicians with Jacel had made the rounds on social media, with some quarters calling for legal action against Nurul Izzah and Tian Chua.

The photo, which was taken in the Philippines earlier this month, shows Nurul Izzah and Jacel standing side-by-side and holding up a "Release Anwar Immediately" poster.