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Some Lahad Datu intrusion matters still classified -IGP


KUALA LUMPUR, July 3- Some aspects of the Sulu terrorist intrusion into Lahad Datu, Sabah have been kept confidential so as not to jeopardise the ongoing court prosecution proceeding.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said there were some more untold stories that had not been disclosed publicly.

Khalid Abu Bakar“We are waiting for the right time to reveal them as it is somewhat difficult to accept the fact that 200 armed people in jungle fatigues could emerge suddenly.


“The trial is going on, so we shouldn’t disturb the proceeding. When the time comes, if need be, we will declassify the classified,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after a talk on ‘Cooperation Between Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) and Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) During Ops Daulat: A National Blue Ocean Strategy Effort’ organised by the Malaysian Institute of Defence and Security here yesterday.

Also present at the talk was Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) chief General Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zain which discussed cooperation between (ATM) and the police force to tackle the Sulu terrorist intrusion during ‘Ops Daulat’ in Sabah.

Meanwhile, Zulkifeli said security forces would take a cautious stance on all groups to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and security.

pencerobohan-lahad-datu-terkiniHe felt the Sulu terrorists who arrived in Kampung Tanduo on Feb 12, this year were targeting to attack when the Malaysian Parliament was dissolved, by creating chaos against the interim government.

“They came when there were talks that the 13th General Election would be held after the Chinese New Year, and they needed to regroup their strength before launching an assault to claim Sabah.

“I did not know who gave them strategic information but we are grateful we could detect them early before Parliament was dissolved and took action to stop them,” he added.

The intrusion by terorists from southern Philipines shocked the nation after they occupied a village area in Lahad Datu on Feb 12. The government launched ‘Ops Daulat’ on March 5 to defend the country’s sovereignty.

Eight policemen and two soldiers were killed in ‘Ops Daulat’ while 68 terrorists were gunned down in the operation.