Kota Kinabalu: The repeal of certain laws in Britain has made it difficult for Interpol to detain Doris Jones, believed to be the main protagonist in secession activities through the creation of a Facebook group named Sabah, Sarawak Keluar Malaysia (SSKM).
Insp. Mohd Shahrizan Yahaya said this during a question and answer session after his talk on Islamic State militant threats and threats from the SSKM ideology at Universiti Malaysia Sabah on Thursday.
"Interpol is ready to arrest her if she was involved in crimes, but unlike Malaysia, the UK has abolished the Sedition Act. Thus the difficulty in obtaining cooperation from them to arrest her.
When asked if those fighting for the 20-Points are also involved in the SSKM movement, he said he was of the opinion that it is the right of every Sabahan to fight for the 20-Points.
"Fighting for the 20-Points and 18-Points is not an issue because Sabahans and Sarawakians have the right to fight for it. However, what SSKM is fighting for is for both states to secede from the Federation of Malaysia," he explained.
State Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman announced that the Magistrate's Court here had issued a warrant of arrest on Jan. 16, this year, against Jones identified as Doris Yapp Kim Youn.
She is wanted for promoting Sabah and Sarawak to secede from Malaysia and her alleged seditious activities through Facebook and other social media networks.
Jalaluddin said Jones has been put in the Warrant of Arrest list and will be arrested when or if she enters the country.
A total of 14 people have been rounded up so far this year in Tuaran and in Lahad Datu, following complaints that they were making seditious remarks and getting signatures from the people to sign a petition that supports the SSKM.