Nurul Izzah quizzed by police over Sulu photo

KUALA LUMPUR • The Malaysian police yesterday questioned opposition lawmaker Nurul Izzah Anwar over the photos she had taken with the daughter of the late self-styled Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III.

The photos sparked a controversy earlier this month because it was Mr Jamalul who ordered 200 of his troops to invade Sabah in February 2013 to stake his claim over the state. Ten Malaysian security personnel died in clashes with the group during a stand-off that lasted several weeks.

Ms Nurul Izzah, a vice-president of opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and daughter of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, said she took the photos with Ms Jacel Kiram during her visit to Manila on Nov 9. She said she was there as part of a PKR delegation that met different groups picked by the organisers. The photos showed them holding posters demanding Anwar's release.

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

"I love my country. I have stated time and again that I will defend the sovereignty of Sabah as part of the Malaysian Federation and therefore today I have nothing to hide. I have come willingly to Bukit Aman to answer queries that might have arisen from the said photo," she said.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 28, 2015, with the headline 'Nurul Izzah quizzed by police over Sulu photo'. Subscribe