Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Jeffrey to sue ‘Sabah claim’ portal

The perception created by the interview was that he favours the people of Sabah sharing their state with claimants linked to a defunct Sultanate in Sulu.

KOTA KINABALU: Bingkor Assemblyman Jeffrey Kitingan has confirmed that he will be filing a legal suit against an online portal over implicit statements which he did not make on the Sabah claim during an interview with it.

He will also be lodging a police report.

“I never used the word ‘kongsi’ (share) during the short interview,” said Jeffrey who is also the Star Sabah Chief. “I can produce a witness who was in my office when the interview was done.”

“This is an attempt to discredit my reputation at a time when the issue of self-determination is being hotly debated.”

Jeffrey was referring to the perception created by the interview that he favours the people of Sabah sharing their state with claimants linked to a defunct Sultanate in Sulu. He now wants the report retracted.

“Look at the supposed question where the word ‘kongsi’ was used and read my reply properly. Did I answer the question?” he asked. “Is there any connection? No! The question was about security and intrusion as well as the Sulu claim.”

He thinks the article may be an attempt to threaten his supporters that the struggle for self-determination would be dangerous and even futile.

In his response Jeffrey reiterated that he was asked during the interview among other things, about the general security aspects in Sabah, and the Kampung Tanduo intrusion last year.

“The question of sharing Sabah with the Sulu Sultanate was never raised,” he said. “If it had, I wouldn’t have agreed.”

The article has gone viral since Sunday and has even been shared by the Sabah Sarawak Keluar Malaysia FaceBook Group run by UK-based Borneo rights activist Doris Jones.

However, attempts to access the report drew a “Not Found” response except for cache links in Google. The visual can be seen at https://ms-my.facebook.com/cakapsabah

The online portal report, when last accessed, appeared to be carrying leading and loaded questions on the Sabah claim and apparently steering him in a certain direction.

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