Malaysia, PH probe 3rd parties in Sabah crisis

Posted at Mar 13 2013 09:48 PM | Updated as of Mar 14 2013 05:48 AM

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MANILA -- Malaysia and the Philippines are cooperating to investigate allegations of conspiracy in the Sabah crisis.

On Malaysia's side, it is looking into the possible involvement of the country's opposition groups -- something Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim quickly denied.

Here in Manila, Malacañang has said other groups might have funded the mission of Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram and his men to Sabah.

Malaysian Foreign Affairs Minister Anifah Aman said: "We have to get more information from the Philippine authorities, from the military. I have in fact brought up this issue with the Excellency Foreign Secretary of Philippines the need to investigate further and to inform us accordingly. And at the same time, I think it is also pertinent for us to investigate from our end."

Malaysia's foreign minister also said, due to security concerns, Malaysia has not allowed a Philippine team to enter the conflict zones in Sabah.

"We are concerned what will happen if something were to happen to those - whatever you call them - the peacemakers, negotiators or whatever they are. If anything were to happen to them, then Malaysia will be responsible. So this is not a right time, this is not a right place for any outsiders apart from the security personnel to be in that particular area," Anifah said. -- Prime Time, ANC, March 13, 2013

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