Parti Warisan Sabah says Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein and Foreign Minister Anifah Aman have contradicted each other over the Philippines’ claim on Sabah.
KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) says the federal government has issued contradictory statements over the Philippines’ claim on Sabah.
The party was responding to Foreign Minister Anifah Aman’s accusation that Warisan secretary-general Loretto Padua Jr was engaging in gutter politics when criticising the government’s stand on the Philippines’ claim.
Loretto had said Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein’s assertion at the Dewan Rakyat last week that the government was prioritising the threat of the Islamic State (Daesh) in the region over the Philippines’ claim on Sabah, showed that Putrajaya was taking the claim lightly.
Anifah responded by denying Loretto’s claim that the government did not want to conclusively resolve the claim made by the Philippines and urged the party to stop politicising the issue.
Crispin Kitingan, a special functions officer in Warisan’s Information Bureau, claimed that Anifah had taken out of context the statement made by Loretto, and insisted that Hishammuddin must explain in detail his statement which he made while answering a question from Warisan president Shafie Apdal.
“Anifah had said that the federal government is not entertaining the claim at all and that Sabah had been acknowledged by the United Nations as part of Malaysia,” Crispin said in a statement.