LANGKAWI, March 16 (Bernama) — The government today lashed out at the statement by Davao, Philippines, member of parliament claiming that the President of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Murad Ibrahim and his chief consultant, Mohagher Iqbal, are Malaysians.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the government had confirmed that both leaders of the MILF were not Malaysians as claimed.
“I have checked with the Director-General of the Registration Department, including checking the personal information, date of birth and other details, and found that Haji Murad Ibrahim and (Mohagher) Iqbal are not Malaysians.
“I hope the member of parliament understands and this is the official stand of the Government of Malaysia on this issue,” he told reporters after officiating the Multi-nations Counter-Terrorism Exercise at the Langkawi International Shooting Range, here today.
He said there were efforts to sabotage the peace talks arranged by Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak by claiming that both the MILF leaders were Malaysians.
“I do not want to be involved in the internal politics of the Philippines, but after studying the matter closely, I do not want the efforts of our Prime Minister to be broken down by baseless accusations,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Director-General of the National Registration Department, Datuk Sulaiman Keling in a statement today, confirmed that Murad and Mohagher were not Malaysians.