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Sarawak election: Don’t use Sabah kidnapping case in political campaign, says IGP

PETALING JAYA: Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar today advised political parties against using the recent Sabah abduction case as fodder in their political campaign in the Sarawak state election.

He said it would not solve the problem but only make it more difficult to secure the release of the kidnap victims.

“We can understand the feelings of the family members of the victims … do not use the issue to make things difficult for us,” he told reporters after launching the Police Cooperative auxiliary police service at Oasis Damansara here.

Khalid said the parties should not parade the family members on stage during their political campaign as it would only make it more difficult to secure the release of the victims.

He was commenting on the action of several politicians in Sarawak who had allegedly campaigned for and offered cash aid to the family members to secure the release of the victims.

The political parties should explain to the family members that the authorities had taken all appropriate measures to secure the release of the victims, he said.

Khalid said yesterday that the police had obtained positive feedback from the Philippine security authorities on the efforts to secure the release of four Malaysians abducted by eight armed men in the waters of Ligitan in Sabah on April 1. –BERNAMA

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