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Nurul may be hauled up to privileges committee
Published:  Nov 19, 2015 1:47 PM
Updated: 2:20 PM

The government may haul Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar to Parliament's Rights and Privileges Ccommittee for meeting a self-styled Sulu princess in the Philippines.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Azalina Othman Said said the meeting could be construed as inviting foreign intervention.

"For me, the meeting could be seen as inviting foreign elements to meddle in our country's internal affairs.

"She has violated her oath as an MP," Azalina said, referring to a lawmaker's oath to be loyal to the country.

In a statement released today, Azalina Othman said hence, the government may refer her to the Rights and Privileges Committee.

A photo of Nurul Izzah together with Jacel Kiram, the daughter of the late self-proclaimed Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, went viral today, and courted controversy.

Nurul Izzah admitted to the meeting, and in her statement today, pointed out that she was hosted by the Council on Philippine Affairs and the Asian Institute for Democracy, the office of the city mayor of Manila, and the office of the vice-president of the Philippines.

She had explained that she had stressed her party’s support for the Malaysian government’s initiatives in the southern Philippines.

She had also vowed support for defending the sovereignty of Sabah as part of the Malaysian federation.

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