Foreign media allowed to enter Lahad Datu
MANILA, Philippines – Foreign news agencies, including those from the Philippines, are now allowed to enter the media center in Felda Sahabat in Lahad Datu, Sabah, according to a Malaysian online newspaper.
Malaysian Defense Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was quoted by Malaysian newspaper The Star as saying that members of the media will be escorted by armed forces and police to the operations area.
The foreign media will then be able to get a “real picture” of the crisis in Sabah amid allegations of abuse against the members of the Sulu Royal Army.
“I will discuss with the foreign minister, Wisma Putra and the police to permit the Embassy of the Philippines in Kuala Lumpur and consulate to visit those who are detained, upon completion of interrogation,” Ahmad Zahid said.
Ahmad Zahid also said the “intruders” in Sabah are now desperate and are running out of food. Some have resorted to stealing from stores in the area, he said.
“Their leader has abandoned them, their morale is extremly low now and the communities in Sabah are now supporting their action,” Ahmad Zahid was quoted. “This means they are not getting information and the moral support of the Sulu people in Sabah.”
Ahmad Zahid said they will cooperate with the Philippine government after PH Coast Guard and Navy intercepted 35 people recently. In return, the Malaysian government will give information regarding the detainees in Sabah. -- With a report from DZMM