Protest at Sabah state assembly over Nurul Izzah-Jacel meet

KOTA KINABALU: A crowd of people gathered outside the state assembly compound on Wednesday to protest against PKR MPs Nurul Izzah Anwar and Tian Chua meeting with self-styled Sulu princess Jacel Kiram as government assemblymen continued to their push inside the assembly for the duo to be banned from entering Sabah.

Some 100 over people gathered outside the gates of the state assembly building as early as 8am Wednesday holding placards urging the state government to bar two PKR MPs from entering Sabah.

"It is an impromptu gathering,'' said Zulkarnain Mahdar, president of NGO Sabah Pro Barisan Nasional (Pro-BN), adding that the act of mixing with enemies who were behind the 2013 Lahad Datu intrusion should not be forgiven as many policemen and soldiers had died in the bloody incident.

He said they hoped that the state government would take immediate steps to bar the entry of the two PKR MPs who met with Jacel Kiram, the daughter of the late self proclaimed Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, who had orchestrated the 2013 intrusion.

Over the last two days, Barisan assemblymen debating the state budget had also brought up the issue saying that the appearance of Nurul Izzah with Jacel had hurt the Sabah people and that she should be barred from entering the state.

Sabah PKR assemblymen, meanwhile, had moved to defend her, and questioned the Barisan assemblymen on what proof they had that Nurul Izzah was conspiring with enemies of the state.

Both Nurul Izzah and Tian Chua have expressed their regret and apologised for the incident that occurred in Manila earlier this month when they met with several Philippine civil society groups.

Some state leaders said they expected to table a motion at the state assembly on Thursday and would debate on various views brought up by the assemblymen and members of the public.